I love helping people build solutions for their problems. That's one of my favorite things to do in my spare time. It can be just in a few minutes on an online chat, on a Skype talk, or face to face. One shot or regular meetings over time. Or through EntrepreneurLoop.
I'm lucky enough to have people asking for my take when they're struggling and, most of the time, I feel comfortable enough to give them that.
But, this hasn't always been the case. I remember the first times I realized I was actually giving advice and not just having a conversation. I remember how I didn't fell legit at all. I remember thinking I was nobody to counsel.
After all, there were tons of much more qualified and successful entrepreneurs. My experience was tiny compared to theirs.
The same happened, and still happens, when I started writing on a blog. Whatever the topic, it's very difficult to prevent myself from thinking that someone probably already wrote something better about it.
The impostor syndrome, a psychological phenomenon a lot of entrepreneurs and experts seems to suffer from, is a term frequently used to describe this feeling.
It's important to identify and get past this as it can be a huge roadblock preventing you from sharing your valuable experience and knowledge with others.
What can we do to overcome this annoying voice inside our heads?
Thinking about what makes my point of view special has proven to be an efficient way to get through this.
Whoever we are, and whatever our experience, chances are we have something unique to bring to the table.
This uniqueness might exist where two of your competencies cross paths. For instance, if you're an engineer with a passion for golfing, maybe the combination of your skills can give you a novel angle to approach a problem and the kind of fix you'll suggest. These examples could help someone think about the problem or understand the solution better as well.
This interesting singularity might also exist due to the circumstances of your life. Or, put more simply, thanks to the conjunction between something you've read, seen, heard, and your skills.
You have to find your singularities and learn how to develop them, for they are a key differentiator in everything you'll create and every advice you'll give.
Don't miss next week's follow-up post: "The hidden benefits of giving advice".
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