I was about 8 years old, I loved the outdoors even then, and as a child I was a bit of a Tom Boy. I know this sounds really gross but I had collected some worms one rainy day and put them in a jar. I then went fishing a few days later with my Mom’s friend. I caught my first fish that day with the worms that I had collected. I caught this fish right off the shoreline of a lake. It was so cool. I was caught up in the moment and then realized the fisherman beside me asked what I was using for bait. At the time the guy that I had gone with told the fisherman that it was dew worms. The fisherman asked if he could by some from me. The guy I was with negotiated that I would give him a small baby food jar of worms for 5 dollars. This was the first amount of money I had ever earned. At this point I don’t think I even had an allowance that I remember. We drove home that night and I kept opening up my yellow leather/plastic purse and recounted my five one dollar bills over and over. To this day I had always looked at this memory as my first buisness experience as an entrepenure, but I know see that that guy negotiated for me. As great as that was I have continued the attitude that I can do the service but I need a man to negotiate my buisness for me. Now that I see that I think that I realize that this has handicaped me for years. I am going to start acting on my own behalf to negotiate and market my buisness, I do not need anyone else to do this for me anymore. What a revelation.
Continue with your personal skills inventory. Be brutally honest with yourself.
When I started my research group I knew I was introverted. I found people to work with that were much more outgoing and social than I am, but lacked vision and tenacity. I chose people to work with who had the same philosophy and goals that I have, but with complementary skills. It was the most successful, fun and exciting time of my life. If government funding did not dry up, I would have done this forever.
I guess the point I am trying to make is: Be Confident, but Be Honest. Go to your strengths, improve your weaknesses and know when you need to ask for help. I am continually amazed at how willing people are to give aid if you simply ask them for it.
I wish you success and happiness beyond your wildest dreams. You look like you are well on your way. I am envious. Good Luck to you!!
Douglas is wanting to connect.
I am out of cheers so I am giving it this way.