In today’s article, Nate Hoffelder from The Digital Reader shares his fears and tips for overcoming them. [Nate helps me with tech support for this website, so I’m thrilled to have him share a more personal story.]
Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, putting yourself out there can be scary, but at the same time, it is also crucially important.
You need to step out of your comfort zone and go meet people where they are because waiting for them to come to you will stifle your career.
My greatest mistake as a blogger was that I gave in to my fear of meeting people. I should have been actively pursuing every opportunity for publicity, but instead, I let my self-doubt stop me from getting on conference panels, I quietly ducked interviews, and I even let my dislike of noise keep me going to parties during conferences.
I have had a successful career as a blogger, but I also know I would have been bigger and much better well-known if I had resisted my fears (actually, gut-wrenching panic would be a more accurate description).