OK, enough of the inspirational stuff. How does this really help me?
In the last chapter, I tried to convince you that you must start speaking out publicly about your unconventional ambitions.
Bu you are the practical kind, right? Need some concrete proof to accept my advice, right? Well, here you go… I list below some major advantages of speaking up about your ambitions:
- You’re on your way: When you start to publicly acknowledge your secret passion as a second career, that means you must have completed the “Make a shitty start” step by now. And that by itself, is more than most achieve in a lifetime.
- Support from others: Most people want to do many things in life, but stick to the conventional boundaries set by society. They may have a secret passion, but they think following that passion was not destined for them. When people see you are trying to do something unconventional, they will root for you, and support you in your journey.
- Insurance: That support may just be a word of encouragement “Hey, I really think what you are doing is cool. Way to go!” But those words can provide a huge impetus on days when you are “feeling demotivated about your unconventional journey. All creative endeavours have ups and downs, so you are bound to feel demotivated some time or the other. Support from others is like insurance for your down-period.
- I, personally, have found this to be effective in my own life. At two separate occasions during the writing of this book, I was sufferring from writer’s block. On both occasions, I was spurred on by two friends randomly asking me why I was not writing much on my blog any more. Why did they ask me? Because I had told them earlier, “I am a writer”.
- Every time someone leaves a comment at my blog or subscribes to my newsletter, I get a notification. These act as positivity packets in my email inbox, reminding me every now and then, “Yes, I am a writer.”
- Marketing and communication: Almost all unconventional careers requires you to sell a certain goods or service to someone else. This requires marketing and communication. And as we all know, these are some things most of us are never taught in our good ol’ “rote-it-all-up” educational system. Speaking up about your unconventional journey is a great leap forward in your path to becoming a great communicator and marketer.
- Fake it till you become it: You know about the power of body-language, right? People with good body language are perceived as more confident. Amy Cudy, a social psychologist, coined the phrase of “power posing”, which basically translates to standing in a posture of confidence, even when you are not feeling confident about yourself. The surprising discovery associated with this technique is that power posing actually affects the hormone levels in your brain, and can have a positive impact on how you’re perceived. This is a phenomenal observation! Now the habit of speaking up your unconventional career (even when you do not have much to show in terms of laurels) effectively becomes “power posing for your career”. As Amy Cudy aptly put it, you gotta “fake it till you become it”
Convinced about step 2? OK, now go out and shout it out the world:
“I am ….”
Now that you have shouted yourself hoarse, let us proceed to fit another (very important) part of the puzzle…