Everything you do is also preparation for what you do next.
When I left University in early 2010, I started giving workshops in relationship skills and conflict management (after spending two years being trained as a a trainer for this, so I didn’t just wing it).
I had some minor successes, led some great workshops and some shitty ones. I left people touched, inspired and changed, but I failed miserably in making a living out of it.
If I had known before how hard it was, and how many frustrations I encountered, I might not have done it. I might have listened to the voice that said “is this really the thing you want to do? Is this the kind of impact you want to have?”
And I might have staid inactive.
But, doing what I do now, I’m so happy I did it. I learned how to work independently, how to do marketing properly, how to coach people through deep emotional stuff and how to think about sales so that I actually enjoy it.
Which is awesome stuff for starting a new business. Or have happy relationships.
And if I hadn’t started trying to be a trainer, I’d have missed out on all those great lessons.
What you can take away from this is:
Don’t worry if what you want to do doesn’t feel ultimately right. You can just get started, trusting that whatever you will learn will help you later on.
There’s no such thing as wasted time if you’re taking steps closer to your dreams. If it feels 60-80% right, you’re good to go.
Time’s not wasted. You’re being prepared for what’s next.
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