“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover”. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
I chose this quote to start blogging because it represents how I feel about my career choices and how I feel in general about life.
There are many things we don’t do in life because we’re afraid to even try. We don’t dare. We think we can’t do it and we believe in that inner voice that gives us bad advice sometimes. And then we think too much. We wait, we wait, and then we realize that chance is gone.
What happens then? We regret it. Many times we do make the right choice, but other times we didn’t even try to see if we were right. But, how can we know if we don’t try?
If those words make sense to you perhaps it’s because you are at a point in life where you are thinking about shaking things up a bit, am I right?
I won’t lie to you. The journey ahead won’t be easy at times. You may want to give up. You’ve been warned. Many have and many will. But if you don’t, and you do succeed, it can be truly freeing and rewarding because it will all be because of YOU. Your choices, your decisions and your hard work.
One important thing I’ve learned is that you are not alone.
You don’t have to go through it alone. There is a huge community of people out there willing to help you grow and learn. Just like me. I’ll talk more about it in my next posts.
But first things first. You have to ask yourself: am I ready to be my own boss? Am I ready to be patient and wait to see results? Can I afford to wait? Do I have the people skills to negotiate with my clients about money, payments, and all of the financial obligations involved and still keep a good teacher-student relationship? How about marketing? Think about all of these questions. Don’t rush to answer them yet.
On this blog I’ll be sharing some of what I’ve learned as a freelance teacher, teaching groups, 1:1, face2face and online, and I’ll also give you some tips on how to develop your own skills as a teacher.
Until next time you can watch me chatting with my colleagues Cecilia Nobre & Lachesis Braick about some of those issues here: https://www.facebook.com/cecilia.nobre/videos/10155373202091447/?t=40