Who Am I To Do This?

"Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade."- Benjamin Franklin

One of the biggest challenges in the process of overcoming my self-doubt is the thought or belief, "Who am I to do this?"

Well I am here to say, who are you not to do this!?! Do you really think you were created and instilled with a passion and a gift not to share it? Just because someone else is expressing a similar message or doing the same work you do (even if they are really good at it) doesn’t mean there is not a place for your gifts. Stop comparing!

There are billions of people on this planet, all unique. Everyone has a unique way of processing information, unique life experiences, unique voices and talents. Everyone has different tastes in music or art and although some may be considered "popular" there is still a variety of tastes and talents. So what you have to offer the world, the way you share or present information, the creative gifts you offer will resonate with some people and not others. And that's okay!

It was hard for me to get over the idea that I needed everyone to like me. (admittedly still working on that one a bit) Then I learned about finding my tribe. There are (some say Divinely pre-assigned) students, clients, patrons, fans of your offerings and gifts out there in the world, waiting for you. When you are ready to start sharing your work with the world they will appear. There are people who will hear what they need to hear because of the way you said it, or sang it or wrote it or played it or drew it or danced it or filmed it…etc. etc. Your unique message is important, is valid, is needed.

You are needed. Step out of the shade and shine your light! What is one inspired action step you can take today towards sharing your gifts and talents with the world? (I wrote this blog- tag, you're it!)