aI am in a fantastic business networking group, last night at our meeting , one of the gals spoke of her insecurity of not knowing it all in her industry, what she said resonated with me. I sure feel like that as I venture into this world of shirt design.
I keep saying to myself, " what the heck is going on ? you don't know a damn thing about this industry" I worry about not being good enough, no prepared enough. Ironically or more totally meant to be, I was in Chapters tonight scanning through the business section ( my new favourite section ) and saw a Arlene Dickinson book, she is on the Dragons Den. I had just read a Dragons Den book from one of the other stars and didn't have much interest in reading another, but I still flipped it open and scanned a page. These were the words I first saw and read
' Fear of not being good enough and not measuring up to other people is one of the best excuses there is to not even bother trying '
Well, suppose as Jeff Foxworthy Show would say " there's a sign "
I was being my own worse critic, but I have felt that way before. I felt unprepared and out of my realm of expertise when I took on the handle Monique The Mountain Biker, I felt the same when I started a production company and had never been to film school, both of those ventures have been successful, so why worry? I am thinking it is my own insecurity coming through, fear of failing is a hang up I am not a fan of, I mean , really I am little miss positive, lol.
A dear friend of mine said to me today " It is out in left field for you only in the area of expertise - fact is being creative and fun and edgy and stylish is who you are and what you do daily, doesn't matter if its a film or a shirt " Thank you J for your words. I am green as grass at many things, but desire and passion will guide me. I have many friends, strangers and family helping me, offering advice and cheering this venture on, I can't thank all of you enough for joining me on this journey, your words are a fantastic compass to keep me moving in the right direction. I have to take my own advice and be my message and the name on my first line of shirts ,' Fearless' . I would regret not trying and I fear that more than I would ever fear failing.
So who am I? I am the same as you, We can be what ever we want, keep following those crumbs and so will I.