Are you ever really ready for that next level, the next opportunity, promotion, adventure, challenge?

Those of you who know me know that I’ve grown to love public speaking – however that was not always the case. I just had to keep doing it.

I was at a Toastmasters meeting last week when someone confessed they were nervous about speaking because everyone else seemed to have more charisma, more leadership and more natural ability than they did.

My response was that you did not need any of those things to stand up in front of a group and share your thoughts – but by doing it, you would develop and become all of those things.

I wasn’t ready to lead when I stepped in as president of Ad2. I wasn’t ready to manage a commercial production when I got my first opportunity to do so. Most of our careers we accelerate slowly. But then occasionally we have the opportunity to leap forward.

No doubt we won’t feel ready when that chance arrives. But taking that chance, regardless of the outcome, is what makes us ready.

James Patrick
IG @Jpatrickphoto