I am so grateful that I was able to attend and speak at Wordcamp Asheville 2015! Thank you to everyone who made this WordPress conference possible, especially the organizer, Lydia Roberts. She and the other volunteers did an outstanding job of putting together an educational and entertaining weekend.
I was honored to give a presentation on how to create a WordPress child theme, and learned a few things while I was at it.
My first lesson began before I even gave my presentation. As I listened to Allen Moore give an excellent, and quite advanced presentation on Performance Driven Front End Development, I began to question my own presentation – Was it too elementary? Was my presentation going to be a waste of everyone’s time, going over things they already know?
I was up to speak right after Allen Moore, and I actually pulled out my laptop to make changes to my power point presentation before it was my time to speak! Thankfully, I listened to the still, small voice that urged me to trust what I had prepared.
It wasn’t until I was back home, relating this experience to my wife, that I put a label on it, well, she put a label on it.
“Self-doubt.” She stated simply. As obvious as that is, I am often painfully unaware of my inner states! I am grateful to have an eternal companion as patient and wise as my beautiful wife.
Now that I have a name for it, I can be prepared when self-doubt comes knocking and send it packing. I was able to overcome my self-doubt through the principles of faith and preparedness. Because of the diligence and sleepless hours I had put into preparing my presentation, I was able to have faith that my message was divinely inspired and there was someone who needed to hear it.
Which brings me to the second lesson I learned.
It is Selfish to Not Teach What You Know
I am grateful to my parents for the opportunity I had to learn computers and web design from a very young age. Because of that, computers are almost second nature to me, and I often assume that everyone naturally knows how to use them as well.
Until I started to develop my course on creating your own WordPress website, I didn’t realize the wealth of knowledge I have and felt that I didn’t have much of anything to teach people.
Hearing the responses from the attendees of my presentation on creating a WordPress child theme, I realized how selfish I have been in holding back what I have to share. Another ugly face of self-doubt.
Through the positive feedback I received came the third lesson I learned at my WordCamp experience.
People Need to Hear Your Growth and Gratitude
I have been blessed to attend many conferences with brilliant speakers, filled with wisdom and resources that have helped take me to a higher level, not only in technical matters, but in spiritual, emotional, and relational aspects as well.
It has been much too seldom that I have expressed my gratitude to the speakers who have freely shared their deepest life lessons that they have earned through years of struggle and perseverance.
Through speaking myself, I have gained a much deeper respect for the time, effort, and self that goes into preparing for a presentation. By receiving the gratitude of the people whom I have been blessed to teach, I have realized how powerful our gratitude is.
Hearing how I was able to help people understand something that was confusing, or even scary to them, banished a bit of my self-doubt, and created a greater desire within me to share what I can to help someone else grow.
My presentation wasn’t too elementary. It was exactly what many people needed to hear in that moment.
I am so grateful that I shared my experience and even more grateful to those that shared what it meant for them.
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have a new passion for sharing my knowledge to help “even one life breathe easier.”
I hope we can meet at a WordCamp near you!
Until then, how will you show your gratitude to someone that has impacted your life in a positive way? What talent, or knowledge have you been holding back because of self-doubt? What steps will you take to change that today?
I would love to hear your thoughts and learn how you defeat self-doubt in your life. Please comment below!
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