Heroes Mingle began with an itch. We had a problem we wanted to solve. The choices we made and the paths we took were based on what interested us.
We weren’t trying to solve big, hairy, scary problems. We weren’t trying to please or imitate others. We were trying to solve our problem; that is to create professional development opportunities that excited US. We were the experts of our problem and ultimately the arbiters of our success. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, think about how you can scratch YOUR itches.
Own your journey. Be curious, creative and courageous. Think about what can go wrong and what can go right. Don’t succumb to the imposter syndrome and feel that others will out you for a fraud. Despite how you might feel, your perspective is valuable. Take advantage of the skills and experiences you do have to scratch your itch.
Being courageous is hard. Every now and again we need a wee nudge or a bit of reassurance. We have found these books have given us that nudge when we have needed one.
- Steal like an artist by Austin Kleon
- The art of non-conformity by Chris Guillebeau
- What to do when it’s your turn by Seth Godin
Set you own agenda and make something, just one small teeny tiny something happen. Contrary to popular opinion, small is just as good as big if not better. Because small is flexible, adaptable and controllable. Celebrate small successes! Maybe no-one else will notice. Maybe you don’t want anyone else to notice. It doesn’t matter. It’s your journey and no one else’s.
Whatever you do or don’t do, it is your choice. It is your legacy. Don’t sit around waiting for someone else to make the change you want to see. Do something that matters. We know you can.