I don't mind admitting it. I am a HUGE Strictly Come Dancing fan (Dancing with the Stars if you're reading this outside the UK). Obviously I am sure you appreciate that I love the sparkles and the spotlights (of course!) but what I love the most is the dedication and the trust that you see.
Every one of the celebrities is already doing their Thing (and up to the point of starting the series that Thing isn't ballroom dancing, and for some — let's be honest — it never will be!) but everyone is willing to give dancing a go and be a beginner. There's willpower at work, dedication and if the celebrities are smart a HUGE amount of trust in their dancing partner who is their coach and teacher. There's no way the celebrities would be swanning around the dance floor like they do if they didn't allow themselves to learn as a beginner.
Admitting you're a beginner when you're brilliant at your Thing (or something else) can be really hard to do. I know that when I started speak on stage, I had to be a beginner. I know when I was learning internet marketing I had to be a beginner (because yes I am old enough to have worked in marketing BEFORE the internet!), I know that every time we get a new system or something tech-related I am a beginner (& in some cases - as my team will attest to - I still am!).
So what's the plan when you're a beginner? You get help! You get an expert to show you, you take lessons, you read the instructions and you practice (a lot). And this for me is what business is all about. While I LOVE doing my Thing, and I know you love doing your Thing, there is always the business of business to work on to make sure you get your Thing out to as many people as you can.
And while I know you are amazing at doing your Thing, it can pay to be a beginner in new ways to market and run your business.
I never stop learning, I read, I watch, I get coached and I begin again when I need to. And while I am not planning on learning the cha cha cha or foxtrot any time soon, you just never know... there are the sequins to consider...
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