Scared to take on a new project – savour the secret honey!

We have all been there. We want to try something new. We see a problem at work we believe we could work on. We think to ourselves “nah, I might mess up”.

I would say that you need to take action and grasp the opportunity with both hands.

You see, when we start off on a new path/project, we often don’t know what we are doing. But we make mistakes and we learn. We find that we may have a natural knack for creativity, leadership, communication, or organisation.

Without taking the first step of saying “yes” we deny ourselves the potential opportunity to grow both professionally and personally.

I remember starting out as a programmer and was assigned a very important project to deliver a solution to integrate with a government API. This was brand-new and the business was relying on the automation benefits it would bring.

I was fearful at first that the responsibility was on me to deliver something and wonder how I could make it perfect. After a few months I had a working piece of software that meant the company I worked for didn’t have to pay for external 3rd parties to write it. I grew professionally by getting exposure to new technology, I also developed trust where my employers could see that I would grasp a problem and work to find a solution.

This was the honey.

The software project opened-up doors in the business that have helped me to progress to this day – something I would never have dreamed of when I was given the specification to start developing from.

My advise would be to “do it”. There will be so much honey!

Have you experienced something similar? Please add a comment below.

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