Mar 31, 2022
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Are you comfortable? Do you like to snuggle up in your comfort zone? I certainly do, and it seems like I've been super glued to my comfy chair for the past 12 years. I think Monty Python was right that the comfy chair was an instrument of torture, because it can slowly poison you, robbing you of your creativity and all the amazing things you are capable of...I first trained as a singer (I attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK after graduating from university). After stepping out of the "real world", I enjoyed singing wonderful music on stage, acting, and meeting great people. I also started teaching singing, something I really enjoyed. A few years later, I decided that I wanted to do something else besides all the music. I've always been a bit of a geek and interested in technology. I had been fascinated by the World Wide Web and the Internet which I discovered at university in 1995 (when the WWW was only a few years old). My father had just retired and we decided to start our own business. We had already created some websites for friends, and there was a definite need to create websites, so we started to create websites officially and my web agency was born. I say "web agency", but at the beginning it was probably more of a hobby. There was a huge learning curve and in the beginning we charged extremely low prices for the employee data time we put in. Over the years things got better, we started building bigger websites and charging more accordingly. Yet I continued to juggle my time with the company, with teaching and performing. Now, I really don't regret my career path. I loved teaching and performing, and they gave me absolutely vital skills as a speaker, trainer, and consultant today. However, I wanted to share with you some big issues that I struggled with. The ones that probably hurt my creativity and what I'm capable of. And do you know what, I think you'll probably struggle with them! Clinging to certain things in your life can be a bit like a child clinging to a comfort blanket a little too long. For me, I refused to completely focus on my business and become a real professional. My question for you is, what is holding you back? Speaking at Babel Camp, Czech Republic Speaking at Babble camp, in Brno, Czech Republic#1 Treat impostor syndrome imposture What are your passions? Are you passionate about your business, or is it something else in your life? For me, my family, my friends and my faith are the most important, and everything I do comes under this (well, at least that's the point!). But I'm passionate about many other things (and just for this article, I'll exclude food, coffee, tea, and whiskey from the list). I am passionate about people, relationships, psychology, social media and technology. I am also passionate about helping people. It took me a while to figure out all these things. It also took me a while to figure out what I'm good at. Being British, I tend to be pretty good at self-mockery (is that just a British thing?). In fact, accepting what I'm good at and admitting it publicly doesn't come naturally to me. Strengths Finder 2.0A book and online test, Strength Finders 2.0 has been a huge influence on me.