You are so much more impressive than you think you are.

You are so much more impressive than you think you are.

As business people, we wrap ourselves up in our respective industries. We read trade publications about our industry. We read blogs that encourage us to reach the peak of our industry. We spend our down time networking with people in our industry.

The deeper we get, the more vast it all seems, and the smaller we all feel.

I was having a beer with a few friends the other night. One works at the welfare department, and her story for the day was how the sheriff’s department only had to visit twice that day to throw people out for threatening employees (the second was with a barrage of paper clips, but still {and if that’s not a motivator to stick with your business, I don’t know what is}). We met another friend who is a pretty high-up mucky muck at Apple. He’s smart, super outgoing, and way charismatic. People like that generally impress me, a little because I am fairly unemployable and prefer to only talk to people I like, but mostly because I am always impressed by people that actually enjoy corporate life. We hadn’t seen each other in quite a while, and were closer to¬†acquaintances¬†anyway, so he didn’t know what I do for a living.

We started talking about business and he kept telling me how much I impressed him. I’m sitting there the whole time, going,”Uh, wow, really? Thanks!”

I run my business online. I know I’m good at what I do, but when I look at the rock stars of blogging out there, I often feel like a very small fish in a very big pond. I start to feel like everyone knows more than I do about whatever it is I’m trying to grasp.

The vastness of it all often makes it seem completely overwhelming.

Then some guy at a bar tells me how impressive I am.

Suddenly I remember that most people have no idea how to do what I do, and that just because there are tons of bloggers out there that have more followers and tons of affiliates, and who understand all the things I don’t, doesn’t mean that I’m not awesome.

It was a killer reminder that there is a sea of people that are active on the web, who have no idea what an RSS feed is, or how to deal with meta tags, or why Twitter is better for business than Facebook is.

Next time you feel really small, remember that in your pond, you’re the big fish.

There is always more to learn, and there are always more people to teach.

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