Before I go any further, this is not a political blog post. I’m sitting here watching the events unfold as our country has a change of leader. Whatever your political persuasion, this is always a momentous occasion. I love the pomp and ceremony of the way we do things in this country. The fact that we have tradition and formality that is the only constant in an ever changing and evolving world gives reassurance to the nation. No matter which political party is leaving power and which one is coming into power, there is always a formal resignation to the Queen followed by a request for the new leader to form a Government.
Through all of this there has been much debate in the news about the incoming Prime Minister, Theresa May, and her experience in Government. This got me thinking about a conversation I had with someone recently about what exactly is ‘enough experience’ to take something on, whether it is a new job, a voluntary role or a personal ambition?
There are generally 2 types of people in the world. There are those who will put themselves forward no matter how much or little experience they have because they feel that they can either ‘wing it’ for the gaps they have or they can work on filling the gaps with training, reading up on something or ask for help from those in the know.
The other type of person will look at what they haven’t got and feel it is enough to exclude them from what they want to do. This is not about the glass half empty label, it’s about believing that you can do it.
So if you fall into the second type of person, how can you overcome it?
Start with the basics. What do you have to offer? Let’s come back to our political analogy. Do they need to have experience in all departments to do the top job? We’ve had plenty of PM’s who haven’t and have got on with the job. You may not agree with them politically, but we’ve got examples of this within both the big political parties.
Back to my big question; what is enough experience?
Well, it’s simply the amount you feel comfortable with in order to go forward. If you’re questioning your experience, then turn it around. What DO you have to offer? What experience DO you have rather than what do you lack? Are the gaps big enough to stop you doing what you want to do or are you using them as an excuse because it’s easier, more convenient or the thing that you’re considering is out of your comfort zone?
Now there’s a thing. Comfort zones are funny things. They move depending on what we’re doing in our lives and how we feel in general. If you push yourself a little, it’s surprising how quickly you will feel comfortable with your new place and your comfort zone will have grown with you so that the things that felt completely out of your reach will be a little closer. The more you push your limits, little by little, the more you’ll amaze yourself at what you really can achieve.
So what is enough experience? It’s what you feel is enough and that can be anything you want it to be. If someone else turns you down because they feel you didn’t have enough experience, use it as a guide and fill the gaps. Create your own opportunity and embrace it.
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