By Casey Grey
"You can't do that. You've never done that before. You don't have any experience."
That is something that was said to me the other day about a construction project.
It is true that I do not have experience in the type of project we were discussing but who's to say I can't do it. Yes, I do not have that specific experience but I do have 15 years of experience in the same field. I have contacts, mentors, partners and many people who would be willing to work with me. Does that not count for anything?
I believe we underestimate our capabilities. We downplay the experience we do have and hold ourselves back from excelling at life. We get stuck in our head and think too much about what others would think and that we might fail. We feel like frauds.
What if everything went great? What if this is exactly what you need to take your business and life to the next level?
And if the worst happens? You end up with more experience which will help you in the future!
Everybody wants "experienced" people but experience only ever comes from taking that first step. Somebody has to be willing to give the opportunity to an inexperienced person and that inexperienced person needs to step up to bat.
There is always a starting point. As adults we become afraid to try because we don't have the experience. As kids, we don't care. We just want to do it so we start doing it.
There is value in all our "life experiences" but only if they are shared with others and used to help improve ourselves, our business, our families, our relationships and so on.
If your experience is holding you back from experiencing more of the great things life has to offer, you may want to re-evaluate your mindset.
Remember, you started without experience and somebody gave you a shot. It's a two way street that never ends unless you decide you don't want to drive it anymore.