I’m not afraid to let people know who I am. In fact, I sometimes feel like I am too open about my insecurities, doubts, and struggles.
And yet — I find myself telling it like it is: to current clients and trusted advisers and also to potential clients, to team members, to people I’ve just met and people I’ve known longer.
I’m not comfortable projecting an unrealistic image: confident, powerful CEO (ha!) Instead, I prefer to be myself: eager, enthusiastic, sometimes confident, sometimes insecure. I am growing — I can see how far I’ve come and I can also see many areas of opportunity (read: weaknesses.)
Sometimes, I share something, letting my insecure side peek through, and wish I could stuff the words right back into my mouth. Is it really okay to let you know I don’t have it all put together?
Except: this is who I am. Do you still want to work with me? Great — because I really like you and I want to work with you, too.
I think the truth is that
- even if you don’t tell me, you have insecurities, too.
- you can sometimes see your weaknesses more clearly than you can your strengths.
- your confidence is, though not exactly put on like a suit and tie , elusive at times. It’s something you occasionally have to muster up.