Supportive parents and a dare by a weird guy in a permanent bobble hat saw me take my place at university. Who did I think I was? I didn’t know, but for the first time in my life I thought about it, and I decided to find out. Suddenly ‘Who do you think you are’ wasn’t a sneering voice in my head, but a serious question. The answer brought me here, to setting up my own small business with a solid degree to drive my confidence. As Mr Prufrock would say in his love song ‘Do I dare?’ and ‘Do I dare?’ I did indeed.
The question has to be stressed differently if we are to change attitudes in this country. Don’t ask ‘Who do you think you are?’ Ask ‘Who do you think you are?’ Then you may surprise yourself with a productive answer. Allow your dreams to become steps towards a goal, because they have a tendency to become solid plans.
Thankfully attitudes are changing in this country. Instead of being told to ‘get a proper job’, your ideas will be met with reason and interest. There is so much support available waiting for you to approach and ask. Find out if your particular skills are marketable and desirable. Support those dreams with goals you can act upon. So what are you waiting for, a personal invitation? In my next blog, I will be discussing the steps I have taken to make my window gazing dreams a step closer to a business reality. Why not contribute your own comments and thoughts on the topic? It may just encourage someone to take that dare!
P.S. The quote I used above is from one of my favourite poems by T.S. Eliot ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.' Please indulge, it’s wonderful!