First Rule of Freelancing and Maybe Life: You need to believe in yourself.
You need to believe in yourself? What does that really mean? Believe I am what? The best writer ever? The best graphic designer ever? The best person ever? Seriously, what am I to believe?
This is what I believe. I believe I am a good writer. I believe I am a good artist. I believe I am a good person. I think if you get into a self-defeating ego trip where you think you can only do something if you are the best at it you have wasted time and talent. Belief in your abilities does not have to be encompassing. I am lucky to have found people who pay me to write and pay me to design stuff. What really motivated me to take myself seriously was that one day I realized I did not have to be THE BEST I just had to be good enough. I heard that repeatedly on Oprah. “You Are Good Enough”. If you are doing something you love to do you are probably good enough at it because if you weren’t you probably wouldn’t still be doing it. (That does not apply to American Idol contestants; they are a whole different breed).
I am good enough that I can make a living doing what I love. I can compete and compete well. I try to be realistic about my abilities and no, I may never design the packaging or branding for some Fortune 500 company but I will help many smaller businesses shine. No, I may never write the great American novel but I can write cool and interesting stuff people like to read. And no, I may never be the perfect woman but I am pretty awesome….as is.
So I believe that the best of me is good enough.