It reminded me of when I was in Michigan last summer at a graduation party with my Mom. Someone asked me what I did in California and I said “I design greeting cards.”
I design greeting cards. Psh. I mean, how weak is that? Grow some balls, Jules.
It was, of course, my proud mom, who stepped in to mention that I own the company and it’s my full-time job.
Why do we do that? Why do we talk ourselves down?
I don’t think it is because we don’t value what we do. I think it’s more because we worry about how it will come off to others.
Honestly, I get judged pretty easily because (apparently) I look younger than I am. In fact, at a recent show an older woman asked me how old I was….how I “knew about some of these topics” that were on my cards. I told her I was 29 and she said “You’re 29?!?! I thought you were 18.” Of course, it’s always followed with “That’s a compliment.”
It’s easy for people to make a quick judgement but we shouldn’t let that effect us. We shouldn’t downplay how badass it is to work for ourselves, because what we do is pretty incredible.
I’m learning this. I’m learning to….(I was going to say “be a cocky mofo” but then I worried people would think I really was a cocky mofo – and does this not contradict my whole post about not worrying what other people think?)….but I’m learning to stand up for my business. Because it’s awesome. And the best way to get people interested in something is by acting like it’s awesome (even if it isn’t!).
The more you believe in yourself, the more people will believe in you too.
So next time some one asks me what I do for a living I’m going to say…
“I’m CEO bitch!”
Ok, not really. But wouldn’t that be awesome