At school, people used to be pleasantly surprised when I got high grades, even throughout University. Part of that stemmed from how I portrayed myself. I was cool, calm and casual about it all.
This made me modest.
Modest to the point where I wasn’t very vocal about my achievements. Me not being vocal, well at least celebrating these achievements and recognising them internally was to my own detriment.
Sub-consciously I was not able to internalise the value I have to offer. I undervalued myself. This, in turn, created a situation where I actually struggled to “sell myself” as a person.
Playing down my achievements. Playing down the value I have to offer. Not recognising the value that I have to offer within a specific discipline. I suffered from impostor syndrome.
And for what?
Playing small whether done sub-consciously or consciously serves no purpose at all. You spend your life with this potential that is lying dormant within you. Potential that could change the world. Potential that if left untapped will die with you. Potential that you will carry to your grave.
“The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.” – Les Brown
Take the first step.
Do you struggle with selling yourself?