Okay, confession time.
My favorite magazine is Woman’s World. There. I’ve said it out loud for all the world to hear.
There are many things I like about this magazine — I just skip all the girlie parts that don’t apply to me — and go straight for the recipes and other goodies they have each week.
One of my favorite sections is a new feature they started sometime late last year called “Old-Fashioned TV Wisdom” where they share some wise words gleaned from old TV shows. Many of them are shows that younger folks might not even be aware existed.
One of these tidbits of wisdom appeared a couple of weeks ago and was from the old Cosby Show.
One of the daughters, Vanessa, was talking to her little sister Rudy:
Vanessa: Rudy, what would you do in life if you only had a fourth-grade education?
Rudy: Teach third grade.
And when I read that, I realized that there is a wealth of wisdom in Rudy’s three little words.
So many of you, I know, let fear get in the way of sharing your gifts to the world. (Me included!)
Fear that you don’t yet know enough.
Fear that someone will think you’re a fraud.
Fear that you really have nothing to say or to give.
Fear that people already know what you know and don’t need you.
Even without knowing you personally I know that those fears are groundless.
(And you do remember what FEAR stands for don’t you? False Evidence Appearing Real.)
I get paralyzed with fear all the time for the same reasons that you do. But I’ve also come along far enough — and have enough people around me that believe in me — that I can usually press through that fear and get some things done.
It is not always easy to do.
The point that Rudy was making — and this is the lesson for us all — is that even if you know just a little bit more than those you are teaching, you can still make a huge difference in people’s lives.
I know way too many coaches out there who are nearly starving because they think their own lives must be perfect before they can help anyone else. Nothing could be further from the truth. If we all waited until we were perfect, or circumstances were perfect, to start anything, nothing would get done.
If you’re still in the mode of learning more, or buying just one more program, and always preparing but never “doing,” then I invite you to choose just one thing that you know you are capable of helping other people with and then go ahead and help someone.
Once you get started, once you start enjoying successes — even all the little ones — you’ll be able to keep going and do more and more and more.
So, how about you? What is it that you’re not doing out of fear that you’re not yet quite good enough?© Copyright 2011 Marty Marsh