I kicked off my mentoring sessions with Troy Dean tonight. I was still pretty beat from traveling home from WordCamp Phoenix (where I saw Troy speak), so while I was excited, I didn’t have the energy to be giddy. Plus, I’ve got so much going on I was very nervous about what else I had gotten myself into. But Troy started talking about things I’ve been working on for a few months now, so it wasn’t totally foreign. He got me thinking about some familiar concepts in new ways which may be worth its weight in gold. We talked about my definition of success 12 months from now and what steps are going to be required to get there. I had to really think when he asked what hurdles are keeping me back from that. True to my midwestern roots, the biggest thing holding me back is me. 🙂
Knock that shit off. I can do this. I bring a lot of experience to the table and I need to stop focusing on my supposed lack of skills. It’s great to spend time with the WordPress superstars and learn from them, but just because I’m not there yet doesn’t mean I can’t do things. Let’s make this happen.
I think my biggest takeaway from tonight’s session is to play to my strengths. I may not be the best designer or programmer. But that doesn’t mean I can’t help folks by building websites within my skill set. Define it and own it. That’s valuable right there.