It’s never too late to start something you’ve always wanted to do.
It doesn’t matter if you think you’re too old to start, feel inexperienced, not creative enough, smart enough, or any of the other excuses you might come up with. Because let’s just call them what they are: excuses.
It doesn’t matter how many other people are doing what you already want to do nor does it matter if your niche is oversaturated.
The question you should be asking is, “What makes you, you?”
Because everyone has a different personality, and we’re all drawn to different things.
Imagine if the world only had one car or one clothing line.
What if there was only one photographer in your area? And what if their style didn’t match up with yours?
There is always room for more. Room for you.
But that also doesn’t mean that people are going to come flocking you to just because you showed up to the party for a day or two. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to work for your dreams to become a reality, because you do.
You can’t expect to run a marathon without the training and preparation. While I haven’t run a marathon in my lifetime yet, I have done a half-marathon and it’s true. The training is crucial to success.
As long as you’re not expecting overnight success (because you’re going to take yourself out of the game if you do that), there is room for you. And if there isn’t, then make room.
5 Reasons Why You Need To Follow Your Heart
1. The world needs you. Your message, your voice, your passion.
We all see the world differently, because we all come from different places, had different upbringings, overcame different challenges, etc. So what you have to say and the way you say it is going to be different from the next persons’s. Your values, your core beliefs, and how you share that with the world is what sets you apart.
It’s that thing about you that’s going to make someone say, “Yup. That’s them. They’re my person and I really appreciate the work they’re bringing into the world.”
Just imagine how many podcasts there are, and they all have their own tribe of listeners! The same goes with YouTube, blogs, etc. That also goes to show that we all consume content differently too, so if you’re a writer, write. If you’re a speaker, speak. If you’re a photographer, take photographs.
We need to stop becoming more like others and start being more of ourselves.
2. There will always be more consumers than creators.
Something I realized recently that was a HUGEEE game changer for me.
There will always be people who love to consume more than they want to create, because creating something of your own is hard AF. Even when it’s something as simple as writing an Instagram caption or a blog post, because I wonder if anyone is going to find it helpful. If I’m adding more value to the world or just more noise. If my writing is any good.
It’s scary to put yourself out there for the world to judge.
Because it’s more comfortable to judge others for putting themselves out there, than it is to put yourself out there to potentially be judged.
But do it anyway. If you want to paint, then paint. If you want start to a DIY blog, start a DIY blog.
Express yourself. Share your story with the world. Be vulnerable.
The world needs more of it.
(Related: 6 Reasons Why We Need To Share Our Stories)
3. There is that tiny voice inside of you saying, “I want to do this.”
I’ve always wanted to have a blog, and I’ve always wanted to work at a magazine company and/or start my own magazine. While I have not worked at a magazine company yet, I choose to do the other two this year.
I started this blog and I created my first (and maybe only ) online magazine. And I’m so glad I did it. Because if I didn’t, I would still be playing the “What if…” game. But now, I get to play the “What’s next?” game and it’s so much better.
And trust me when I say this journey hasn’t been easy. There have been (and still are) so many times when I cringe and think, “I did that? Is that good enough?” and the good ol’ “Who do I think I am to do this? What if someone reveals what a fraud I am one day?”
But how do you get better if you never try? If you don’t at least start?
Sure, you might fail and fall flat on your face. But you can always, always get up again and keep going.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you do have to be present and consistent.
4. The opportunities, possibilities, and new doors are endless.
If I never started Wholehearted Woman, I wouldn’t have had the chance to meet some of the most amazing women I’ve met in my life. You know who you are. ;)
I wouldn’t have pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I wouldn’t have met people who helped me push myself out of my comfort zone. I would’ve never known how truly encouraging and supportive the people around me are, and I’m so grateful for each and every one of them.
If it weren’t for me taking a leap of faith and starting, I wouldn’t have realized how hard other people have worked to make their dreams come true. I would’ve continued chalking it up to “luck”. I would’ve continued making excuses, and I wouldn’t be the type of person to take personal accountability for my actions. As harsh as it may sound, I would still be like the rest of the world.
But now I have so many more ideas and projects I want to do other than starting a blog: I want to start a travel section (“Wholehearted Travels”), a podcast, and maybe a book. Go to conferences and meet other creative souls. I want to talk to people who are showing up day in and day out, who understand opportunity cost.
There is so, so much out there for you - but you have to be willing to show up, take the first step, and keep going. (Because it’s not enough to just start, you have to continue too.)
5. Not only will you grow, but you will inspire others to as well.
When you share your story with others, it sends a message.
A message of “If she can do it, so can I.”
A message of “It’s possible for me, too.”
A message of “I’m here for you, and I believe it you.”
And if that doesn’t seem empowering, then I don’t know what is.
Whenever I start to wonder if this journey is for me, I listen to podcasts, read books, and watch interviews. And the people I admire the most did not get to where they are overnight, or even in a matter of months. It took them years, and they’re still showing up to this day.
They weren’t the person they are today when they first started, just like I’m not going to be the person I am today five years from now. Or even five months from now.
We’re always growing and learning along the way, so share your along the way story with others, because regardless of where you are in your journey, someone out there needs to hear it. Someone out there wants to hear it, so share it with them.
Inspire others, while inspiring yourself.
You don’t have to be perfect or feel ready to start, you just have to be wiling to put yourself out there. And continue putting yourself out there.
Give yourself permission to be imperfect, flawed, messy, and beautiful. Give yourself space to learn, fall, make mistakes, and do better. Give yourself credit where credit is due and celebrate your wins along the way.
Find and surround yourself with people who support you and who understand your journey. Ideally with people who are on the same journey as you, so you can encourage each other to keep going. Friends who grow together stay together.
There is always room for you at the table.
And if there isn’t, make room. (Related: If You Don’t See A Door, Build One: 4 Simple Ways To Create Opportunities For Yourself)
Tell me a bit about you.
Why do you follow your heart? And where is it leading you?