While I realize admitting this opens me up to chauvinistic women driver jokes, I have come to the point in my life where I can no longer deny it. I have kind of embraced it as part of who I am.
How bad are you, you ask?
Ever see Mr. Magoo? I'm his long lost daughter.
You best stay in your lane, because I am going to use all of mine and some of yours.
If a vehicle next to me at a stop light revs its engine, I'm going to show what this minivan can do, hell, you don't need to rev your engine, it's still on...
And if I zig-zag, the traffic cameras can't catch me.
I'm so terrible that when I was pregnant two years ago, and apparently lost my depth perception, I rear-ended two cars in the space of two weeks... in the school parking lot... the cars were parked... and a garage door.
I still drive. Why? Because it's necessary for me to live my productive and fulfilling life.
As you can probably tell, I enjoy driving, it's more than getting from point A to point B. It's the experience, especially with windows down, music blaring - feeling the speed. OK, yes, I am very much a kid at heart, immature? maybe a little, but if you are a thrill seeker and love to jam, I'm your ride to your little league game, or not, once your parents read this.
My sub par acumen is something I have to be keenly aware of and try to improve to keep my day moving, but it is just something that has to be done for the rest of amazing to happen.
Now let's talk starting that business
I know, I know - my example is silly and has some serious liability attached to it, but we're not talking about me now, we're talking about you.
So let's get serious...
- "I'm terrible at professional writing, but I'm really good at explaining what I do, and I know I need to blog."
(see my article "Write the bad version first" and "I'm sorry you just have to blog")
- "I'm terrible at concentrating. I don't know how I would have enough focus to lead a team to carry out my idea, but it's a really good one! People need this!"
- "I'm terribly shy, I could never go to a networking event and pitch my business on the fly, but I love talking about my business to people that I know."
- "I would be a terrible mother if I turned my cake making passion into a business, because that would take time and/or attention away from my kids."
passion vs. confidence
What much of this comes down to is passion vs. lack of confidence. Only you can decide which one you are going to allow to win. Passion starts and follows on the path to your dream, lack of confidence can either be a small obstacle or a fork in the road, it is up to you.