Got Experience?

I am a lover of quotes. Inspirational, funny, philosophical, anything that just grabs my attention and makes me go hmm. . .I intend to share a quote a week with you here, and whatever my thoughts happen to be at the time.

“Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.”~Oscar Wilde

This what I remind myself of when I start thinking I’m not good enough. Not good enough to write a book. Not good enough to be a parent. Not good enough to start a business.

However, you can’t become experienced at anything without having experiences, so if you wait to try something because you’re not experienced, you’re not really going to get anywhere.

We’re Not Alone

It’s reassuring to see other people struggling with this and being transparent about it.

People write books all the time, bestsellers even, with little-to-no previous writing experience.

Just about any parent will tell you that a lot of the time, they have no idea what they are doing. And yet, brilliant, wonderful, happy children get raised all the time.

Bloggers, especially (at least the ones I latch onto), are generous enough to point out that they, too, started from a place of inexperience. Even the super-successful ones will tell you it didn’t happen overnight and that there was a lot of trial and error.

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For a long time, I thought I couldn’t do things because I wasn’t experienced enough.

Take this blog. When I first started thinking about blogging, almost a year ago, I read everything I could about how to write a successful blog. It was overwhelming, but I thought if I did enough research I could get a head-start on the experience. I even eventually jumped in, got a domain (not this one), and gave it a go.

Turns out you actually have to work to gain experience, not just read about other people’s paths. Huh.

It wasn’t until I found Havi and her Blogging Therapy Series that I really started to blog. It gave me permission to start blogging right where I was at, just for the experience of it. I discovered that I could learn all the other stuff (SEO, marketing, design) as I went along.

I learned that I could start small and that it was okay if I didn’t attract tons of (or any) subscribers right away. I could write for me and just get the experience.

That’s when I started this blog. I can’t wait to check in a year from now and see what my experiences have brought me.

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What are you letting your lack of experience keep you from? What’s one small step you could take to gain some of that experience? It’s all about the small steps.

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