Eight years ago, I had never sent an email.
Or owned a computer.
I’d never had internet or been on social media.
(Yes, there are people who choose such and can even survive like that.)
Then I decided to make a major mid-life shift and venture into the great big career of real estate, which meant having to do all of those things every day. Eek!
I knew going in, my number one weakness was that I had zero tech skills. Like, none. I remember those first weeks learning how to use a computer. We’re talking about learning simple things like where to find the on switch. How to send an email. How to Google search something.
One day, at the first office I worked at, two people came back from a conference saying Facebook would be key to our industry in the coming years. So I started an account. I never realized how important it would be all these years later.
I smile when I think about how little I knew because now, people actually seek me out for tech help. Peers ask me how to market online, how to use social media, and how to use apps for business like I do. Funny. Just eight short years ago I didn’t have a clue.
But I’m stimulated by personal growth and energized by trying new things, so it was a joy to chase down knowledge. I took courses, pursued knowledge, and practiced what I’d learned and became good at it.
I was approaching fifty years old when I made that major career change. I was 46 years old when I used a computer for the first time. And guess what. All those things they say about old dogs and new tricks? It’s LIES! All lies!!
And this is the reason I’m telling you this at all – my hope is to release you from any lie that’s holding you back.
If deep inside you’re languishing in a circumstance you hate or secretly want to try something new or weird, but are too afraid, I desperately want you to know you don’t have to be trapped!
It’s scary to take those first steps into uncharted territory, trust me, I know!
But when you walk through the fear, even if you’re trembling with each step, you’ll come out on the other side and discover a load of good stuff. You’ll be glad you risked it and tried that new thing.
What’s one time you faced your fear and came through to the good stuff?
Tina Plett, Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate