The Start Experiment, Round 2: Day Three, Part 2

“Don’t ask what the world needs.

Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

― Howard Thurman

Tonight I attended a meeting of the Harrisburg Social Media Club after being invited by a fellow Start Experimenter who lives nearby. I went on behalf of Essential Harrisburg in hopes that I could learn more about how to utilize social media for my “business” and do some networking.

I assumed that it was going to be like a class where we all sit quietly and learn. I had no idea that they would ask us to introduce ourselves and our organization! So, in front of 30 strangers, I introduced EssentialHarrisburg.com and gave a brief description. That was slightly nerve-wracking – but not because of the public speaking element. Up until that moment, my website had existed only on Facebook in “safe” circles: friends, family, and the Start Experiment community. Now, there are strangers–businesspeople in the surrounding area–who know about it and could possibly check it out. And in the moment, I briefly questioned whether or not I even belonged there…whether or not my idea had value in the world. Fear strikes at the most inconvenient times. 🙂

This is exciting, but it also reminds me of how much work needs to be done to generate quality content. Also, I need to get business cards. I wrote that down on my to-do list last week and spoke with a friend about creating a simple logo for me…now I am very aware that I need to get those done as soon as possible so that in moments like the one tonight, I have something tangible that I can hand out to keep the idea fresh in the recipient’s mind.

I also sent my portfolio and an application to a missions organization tonight to possibly help them out with photojournalism. I’m pretty excited about this organization because they offer very unique service opportunities that would be perfect for Brennan and I to do together.

This thing is real. It is actually happening.

4 thoughts on “The Start Experiment, Round 2: Day Three, Part 2

  1. Awesome job fighting back fear and sharing your website – plus putting yourself out there with the missions application! I’m rooting for you!

    On a side note: Try vistaprint.com for free business cards for new customers.

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  2. Great post. I’m someone who also questions my worth in situations when I am overwhelmed, or it seems like I am in over my head. I believe that we have a “duty” to share our light with the world, and when I question myself, it’s at those times I see that my fears are only real when I base my actions on them! I’m excited for your start and BRAVO for identifying it and not letting it convince you that you didn’t belong there!

    That being said, I’m really excited about your new journey! Getting my first business cards was a big deal to me! These milestones are the building blocks we need to be able to look back and marvel at how far we’ve come!

    Thanks for sharing!

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