Shortly after lunch today, a little girl was shyly knocking at our front door. When I checked to see what she wanted, she handed me a blue booklet. Her voice was so low that I didn’t exactly hear what she was saying. When I looked at the booklet, I realized she was trying to get me to buy a raffle ticket.
I asked, “How old are you?”
I was positive I was smiling because the little girl smiled more confidently this time. “Nine.”
“Are you from the neighborhood?”
She nodded vigorously. “Mark used to be a classmate of mine.” She was referring to my second child, also a nine-year old. Apparently, the little girl is now attending another school.
Her good-natured demeanor won me over. Next thing I knew, I was signing my name on the raffle stub and handing her the money. The encounter lasted about a few minutes, probably no more than five minutes, but this little girl possessed character that I’m sure will take her far in life.
1. Just do it.
To accomplish whatever it is you need to accomplish, no matter who you are, just get out there and do what you’ve got to do. Flex your muscles. Reach out if you need to. Talk to people. Take down notes. Yes, it’s all about being proactive. Whether it be about blogging, affiliate marketing, learning a new language, shedding excess pounds or something else altogether, lazing around just doesn’t cut the deal.
2. Age is just a number.
You may be young and inexperienced, but there’s definitely something you can bring to the table – a fresh perspective at the very least. Besides, old folks don’t always know everything. The pro bloggers you look up to started out with practically zero blogging knowledge. Knowledge develops overtime, and knowledge comes by doing. Keep at it while you’re young and you’ll be amazed at what you’d be able to accomplish when the time is right.
3. There’s no shame in going after your goals.
Whatever the outcome, as long as you’re not doing anything grossly unacceptable, keep your head high. Don’t be shy. Socialize. Surround yourself with people who can positively influence you, people who can help you realize your aspirations. Learn from their mistakes and their successes. Ask questions. Seek help. You will be amazed to realize that there are people who would be willing to sit down with you and teach you what you want to know as long as you’re asking the right questions.
We, adults, may be far more experienced than the young ones, but that doesn’t mean we’re right all the time. Teach your children well, so says a song. That is just one side of the equation. We should, as well, never forget that children are there to remind us of important life lessons, too.
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