You have finally decided to listen to advice from Career Hackers and from Austin Kleon, and you’re about to share your work online, but when you are about to hit the publish button, you feel hesitant.
Perhaps you’re afraid of criticism or failure or feel like your work isn’t “good enough”.
We have all been there.
But what if we told you that sharing your work can actually be a game-changer for your personal and professional growth?
So why is sharing your work so important?
Think about it: when you share your work with others, you open yourself up to receiving valuable feedback.
This feedback helps you learn from others and improve your skills. It also gives you a fresh perspective on your work, helping you to identify blind spots or areas for improvement. Plus, by putting yourself out there, you can start building relationships with others who share your interests and passions.
But it’s not just about the benefits for you. When you share your work, you also have the opportunity to inspire and help others. Maybe someone will read your blog post, see your artwork, or hear you speak, and it will change the way they think or approach their own work.
Additionally, sharing your work publicly helps you build your personal brand. By showcasing your skills and expertise, you establish yourself as a thought leader in your field.
This can be especially helpful if you’re looking for new job opportunities or trying to attract clients or collaborators.
But it’s not about promoting yourself. Sharing your work helps you connect with other like-minded individuals in your field. This leads to new collaborations, partnerships, or job offers. By networking and building relationships with others in your industry, you learn from their experiences and gain valuable insights into the field.
Perhaps most importantly, sharing your work is also a confidence booster and a source of motivation.
By receiving positive feedback, you feel encouraged to continue developing your skills and pursuing your passions. Even if the feedback isn’t always positive, you learn from constructive criticism and use it to grow and improve.
So, what can you do to start sharing your work today?
It can be as simple as making a website, starting a blog, or sharing your work on social media.
You can also consider shooting a screencast of a new tool you’re learning or starting a YouTube channel to talk about your quest for knowledge.
The key is to broadcast and signal who you are, your interests, your skills, your growth mindset, and your human side.
And remember, by specifically showing the things you haven’t yet mastered, you’re signaling to the world that you’re willing to learn, create, and build knowledge as you go.
So, what are you working on right now? Can you share a little? The power of showing your work is transformative – both personally and professionally.
So, take that leap of faith and start sharing your work today.