It Is Your Duty To Be Useful

The careful hands of women are trained in precise aircraft engine installation duties at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. (LOC) I’ll say it again. It is your duty to be useful…even if you think you have nothing to offer. I’ve discovered that this feeling of thinking you have nothing to offer is ultimately bulls**t. Everyone has something to offer. I’ve boiled it down to two reasons why people disagree:

1. Most people haven’t figured out what it is they could possibly have to share because it’s so second nature to them.

2. They are scared. Perhaps they wouldn’t say scared. Perhaps they “doubt” that others would recognize the value in them and accept them and their service.

You want to know why I know these two things? Because I suffered from the first one for a looooong time. I was a late bloomer. In fact, I’m still blooming. However, I know that if I don’t step into the sun sometime, I’ll wilt because I need that energy to help me grow.

I still struggle with the second reason. I’ve been stepping all over my comfort zone this year, poor thing. If my comfort zone were a cat, there’d be tape all over its paws. Even though I’ve finally figured out my calling and know I’ve got the chops to back it up, I still second guess my value. Growing up, I heard “There’s always going to be someone younger, thinner and prettier than you.” Yep, that’s true. However, what I tuned out was what followed, “…so you better know who you are and bring something of value to the table…” or something like that. Like I said, I tuned it out. It boiled down to confidence and smarts wrapped up in your authentic voice — at least that’s how we tell it today.

I’m a writer. I am. I may switch tenses and points of view in the same sentence, but I’m a writer. Blogging is writing. Poetry is writing. Proposal writing is writing. I’ve been a writer since the day Kathy LaTour, my professor freshman year at SMU told me I was one. It took someone else to show me something that came second nature to me…because I did it all the time.

Here’s the deal. You are good at something. It’s probably something in which you don’t even make a living because you think that’s not possible because work should be work. Whatever it is, figure it out. Then share it. Teach that to others. Pitch in because it’s your duty to do so. I promise you that people are searching for your gifts.

Here’s how I’m doing it: I’m offering free calls every Monday in April (4, 11, 18, 25) for writers looking to bring their career into the 21st century. I’m going to share/teach my expertise in social media marketing with a concentration on how to leverage it specifically for the writer’s life. If you want to join us on the calls, please do. You can find out more about them here.

How are you doing it? Share below. I love to learn new stuff.

Tags: authentic voice, social media coach, social media for writers

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4 Responses to “It Is Your Duty To Be Useful”

  1. Sheila Dunnells Says:

    April 9th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I, too, am a writer. I have found Yahoo Contributor Network as an outlet. However, unless I figure out how to get huge traffic, I will slog along not making much money. Sheila

    Relationships:The First Three Months Don’t Count!
    http://contributor.yahoo.com/user/1017868/sheila_dunnells_phd.html

  2. janet wallace Says:

    April 9th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for sharing the Yahoo Contributor Network. Building traffic takes time. There are some other great networks, both professional and craft that you might like. Check out Ladies Who Launch and She Writes.
    Best,
    Janet

  3. Phyllis Nichols Says:

    April 10th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Your offer is incredible. I’d like to hook up and do an interview! Any time the week of April 18 or 25th?

  4. janet Says:

    April 10th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Thank you, Phyllis. I’d love to do an interview. The week of the 18th is great! Feel free to contact.

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