Channeling Teddy

I was just offered an amazing opportunity! It was actually on my bucket list, but I had assumed I’d need to be much further along before I was invited. In fact, I’m a bit nervous. I wish I had more pieces and parts in place in my business to support this, but that’s how it goes sometimes, especially for artists.

We are asked all the time if we can do something we’ve never done before. We stare at the person for a minute and consider whether the request is within our skills base and bandwidth. If the answer is yes, we say, “Sure, I can do it.” Then we go off and figure out how. If we enjoyed doing it, we do it again. If not, we most certainly learned something in the process.

Some of the most interesting things I’ve done in my career came about because someone asked me to do something, and some of the developments in my business happened because someone offered me an opportunity I would not have otherwise pursued. Some of those worked out, others didn’t, but all helped me arrive exactly where I am today.

As a student of history, I’ve always been motivated by Teddy Roosevelt’s quote, “Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”  But Teddy also said, “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

So I accepted this challenge, believing that I can. I still wish I was better prepared and that I had more time, but I’ve got a week to figure it out. It’s like I always say, “If you’re thrown in the water without a life jacket, you better start swimming.” I think Teddy would agree.


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