Being Vulnerable & Uncomfortable

by | Jun 15, 2023 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Man, I absolutely¬†HATE being on camera or even pictures of myself. As you can see, I’m not the best looking fellow on the planet and on camera, I stutter around and use way too many filler words.

I work with a lot of local, service-based businesses and I’m constantly telling them that they need to get over being uncomfortable and make themselves get on camera.

People like doing business with people and the more personal you can make your small business, the better.

How can I preach this to everyone when I don’t follow it myself though? That is kind of why I started this blog – to share my stories and journey with as many people that are interested in following. It’s a way to force me to be vulnerable and uncomfortable.

I know a day will come that I won’t think twice about it. Hopefully it’s soon because this is painful. ūüėȬ†

First Time On Camera

As you might already know, one of my passions is helping freelancers. I loved freelancing when I did it and had a bit of success so I really enjoy helping aspiring freelancers reach their goals.

That is why I built GroLancer. The idea was to provide every tool a freelancer needs to successfully run their business. I wanted to include a blog and a podcast to provide info around freelancing in general.

Heather Joy and I decided we were going to start the podcast and got everything ready. We recorded our first episode and that was it. I never recorded another one. Even though I feel like I have a lot to provide the community, I let fear and discomfort get in the way.

Making Excuses

I’ve made excuse after excuse. Well, the mics I bought weren’t as high of quality as I’d hoped. My camera was lacking and I needed to buy a better one before I did anymore.

And guess what? I’ve never fixed either of those situations. And won’t because I don’t¬†want¬†to be on camera.¬†

Commitment

I’ve promised myself, shitty camera, shitty mic, and all, I’m going to start putting myself out there. I’m forcing myself to make the content that I feel will help the most people.

If I don’t practice what I preach, I’m nothing more than a hypocrite and I don’t want my clients to look at me like that.

This includes posting more on social media in general, even my personal accounts. I’m done being fearful of what someone I went to highschool with years ago thinks. I’m not going to let excuses like “the equipment I have isn’t good enough so I’ll wait” get in the way any longer.

I will eventually get a better camera. I’ll get a better mic. But, I’m not using that as an excuse to remain quiet and not help the people I can help.

 

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