I have a dear friend and former co-worker whose experience can be an inspiration to us all. My friend, I’ll call her Michelle, joined the Department on a short-term contract to help out in technology. She did the work with such competence and flair that she was hired full-time as head of the education technology department. Michelle’s unique vision and passion for education soon led her to become CEO of her own educational consulting company and she is now one of the faces of the Maker movement for rural education.
Interestingly, along Michelle’s journey, she was frequently the object of resentment from coworkers and others. They tried to discourage her from implementing her dreams and seemed angry when those dreams became reality. Dreams, they seemed to say, are not to be taken seriously.
Independent authors face this same attitude.
One member of an author’s Facebook support group posted this today: “What books have you written?” People ask this question when I introduce myself as a writer. This question has always been terrifying for me. If I give them the titles of my books or tell them where my writing can be found, they may read and find out…I’m not very good. This lack of trust in myself once kept me from publishing my work.
While we never want to be accused of taking ourselves too seriously, we should be proud of taking our passions very seriously, indeed.
We may not all become CEO of our own successful company, or see our work on the best seller lists, but if we have followed our vision and stepped out to bravely use our gifts and passion to turn that vision into something concrete, we should not be embarrassed, ashamed or afraid of criticism.
The images on this page represent the fruits of my passion to write, they are books I’ve written and published for all to see.
Writers, creators and dreamers of all kinds, I urge you: respect your gifts and own your passion.