It’s really weird to think about the fact that, at 21, I’ve been freelancing and building a business longer than a lot of people. While most of my peers are still in college, I’m attending meetings and pulling in clients. Where they’re focused on home work, all of my work is “home” work. 90% of the time, I barely feel like an adult, let alone a business woman.
But the weird thing is, I am.
I’m a huge RSS fan. I subscribe to all sorts of websites – cooking blogs, DIY blogs, inspiring architecture, video game news, design blogs, technology websites, you name it I probably read up on it. While I’m scrolling through Feedly, especially when I’m reading about how to further your career, I wonder. When did they decide they had enough knowledge to share it with others? When did they become an “authority” on this subject? How do you become experienced, or knowledgeable, enough to feel confident in sharing something like this?
I’m just now realizing that, maybe, you don’t ever decide you know enough to share. You don’t ever become an authority out of your own choosing. You’re never completely confident in your experience, or knowledge.
You start sharing it because you get asked. Because you see others struggling with things you once struggled with, and you can help. Yeah, sometimes it’s for personal gain, but sometimes it’s because you’ve been there, and know the way out.
I’ve recently had several people reach out to me regarding work and advice. At first, I was a little taken aback; these people are my age (or older), why would they want advice from me? Am I even old enough to give advice? Sure, I blog, but blogging and actually advising people on their lives and careers are two very different things.
It’s a little nerve wracking. But also, it’s a little flattering. It’s crazy to think that people look up to me. That people think I’m doing things right.
I’m more than willing to help where (and if) I can. It’s funny, I don’t necessarily consider myself successful, but if somewhere along the way I can help others succeed, I think I’ll feel good.
And I’m realizing that, should I ever need advice, maybe instead of being scared or proud, I should just ask.