Whilst I enjoy learning, reading, digesting, absorbing, mulling, analysing (you get the drift!)… one thing I am very conscious of is the fact that there is pretty much unlimited information out there, which means the following:
– There’s no way you can take everything in
– There’s an awful lot of bad as well as an awful lot of good
– You will never be “done” reading or becoming an “expert” on a subject by reading everything (as you will never be able to do so!)
– It can become incredibly tempting to keep on reading, without any doing
– Continuous reading can propagate perfectionism, and an attitude to not start once ready
– The above point is really dangerous, as you’ll never truly be ready (as the saying goes, if you are not embarrassed of your imperfect version 1.0, you’ve launched too late)
– And so forth…
I ave enjoyed learning about new things for as long as I can remember, and chances are I will continue to do so. That said, it is important that I am aware of my limitations; one’s greatest strengths can often be their greatest weaknesses. Whilst I should continue to feed my passion for many, many interests and learning about new things, I also need to balance this with other things, and making sure I’m acting upon these learnings in the real world! (For example, I stayed “in my head” for a long time, before starting my recent project Thriva*; indeed, I continue to do so when it comes to, for example, getting the word out there, or writing a blog post – I just need to “do it” and quit waiting for that perfect spark of inspiration for a post – there is no perfect post!… I will gain credibility and traction from continuing to put regular good quality stuff “out there” – good quality, not perfect! I am well aware of this when I step back and really think about it, but so often I can lose a sense of this when caught up in the day-to-day.
Here’s to being aware of my strengths and weaknesses, recognising my love of learning and reading and analysing, but also realising that I cannot let this strength of mine become my big weakness.
(*I’m still not 100% happy with the website. Whilst I feel it looks OK and “acceptable enough” for a website, I’ve seen far better ones! I keep having to tell myself though that, right now, the beauty of the website is not the most important thing; rather, it is meeting potential host businesses, and talking to potential Thrivers/Schools (which house these potential Thrivers), about the Programme, to attract them both to the July Mini-Programme and also to the first full Programme in January 2016).