When I was in college, I was asked to present our team’s project to the class. It wasn’t a big class, only about 40 people. But when I got up on stage, I completely froze. No words would come out of my mouth.
After several minutes of silence (an eternity), my lecturer couldn’t bear to watch the humiliation any further and asked me to sit down and be replaced on stage.
I have always been a shy person. And the shock from this memory haunted me for the next 10 years as I never got on stage again.
But I refused to believe in the story that I’ve been telling myself for 10 years. The story that I suck at public speaking.
So instead, I said yes to every opportunity to speak publicly. Challenging myself in every uncomfortable situation possible.
The first time after 10 years was nerve wrecking. And slowly, it got easier and easier.
Today I’m speaking publicly all the time, sharing ideas on stage with really smart people, who will examine every word.
And I’m comfortable.
All of us are more capable than we realise. We need to let go of the bad stories of our past. Don’t let it define us.
Failure is an advantage, because you got started.
It took me 10 years to take a second step. You don’t have to wait 10 years. Take a risk and live to your full potential.