If your career path is anything like mine, you’ve experienced some unexpected twists and turns that are downright exhilarating. My jobs and employers may have varied (real estate writer, editorial director, magazine editor, blogger, chief content officer, to name a few positions), but throughout my professional experience, I’ve learned an invaluable lesson: find out what you’re good at and embrace it.
Hi, my name is Katy, and I’m a writer.
You’re shocked, aren’t you? I know—talk about the least suspenseful reveal in history. I’ll do better next time, I promise.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Discovering and using your strengths doesn’t mean you need to pigeonhole yourself. For example, I write a wide array of content on a variety of subject matter. (Shameless plug alert: Explore my portfolio if you’re interested in some of my past work).
And during my most recent foray into digital marketing, I discovered that I love writing for the web, helping clients create great content and social media marketing. At the same time, however, I realized that where I truly excel is writing, which is what motivated me to return to the freelance life.
I made the leap about a month and a half ago, and so far, it’s been an exciting ride. I recently wrapped up an online course during which I learned to pitch national publications, something I haven’t yet done. I’ve also forged new relationships and reinvigorated existing connections, all with the goal of writing anything and everything that I can.
Charting your own professional course certainly isn’t easy—and, at times, it’s downright nerve-wracking. But if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that it’s critical to know not only what you love, but where you excel—and, even though it’s scary, it’s worth it to make a leap and follow your talent.
I’ll be sure to keep you posted right here, at my brand-new corner of the interwebz. This is the first time I’ve had an official website, so I’m just a wee bit excited.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear if you faced a similar situation in your own career and how you moved forward. Sure, I can hang out on a limb by myself, but it’s so much better if I have company!