Some of you fear to express yourself in new ways because you’re not sure that what you say or do matters enough or is original enough.
In the last month I have met people who are very successful in their professions in the media. Even if you don’t know their names, you would probably know their work.
As different kinds of journalists, they have covered a wide variety of stories and told those stories well, with integrity, and flair, and compassion. Each of them has put their stamp on the stories with their own particular brand of humanity.
Journalists make a commitment to put their subjects front and center. Even though their choices of subjects-and especially how they frame their subjects-will often reveal something about them as journalists, the purpose of interviews is to highlight what’s important or newsworthy about their subjects. “It’s not about me,” is a kind of mantra.
At this point in these two journalists’ careers, they have proved themselves over and over. And now, each of them hankers, in their own way, to share their own voice publicly (without the ‘cover’ of an external subject), and to share their own personal stories with the public.
And yet they worry. “Do I have a message? What do I have to say? Is my message important enough? Is it unique enough? Will anyone want to listen? What makes me think that I’m important enough or worthy enough to take stage and make myself the center of attention?”
All of us have those worries at some point in our lives. Next week I will share a couple of tips I have discovered that counteract those worries.
May we pursue our paths, knowing our perspective matters, not to just to ourselves, but for the world,