Doesn't sound like a lot? It sure isn't.
But that's not what it's all about. It's all about experimenting and taking chances over and over again. To see what works and what doesn't. No matter what your background is. No matter where you're from or what you're currently doing.
Look. I have never learned anything about design in school. I studied business. I taught myself how to use illustrator and photoshop. And then I started designing t-shirts. And then I did a few covers for my books.
My designs are definitely not good. Nor would I buy any of my designs. But some people did.
When I was in school I almost failed high school because I was so bad at writing. And ten years later I started writing blog posts. Just because I thought I might enjoy it. Just because I wanted to see what's possible. And then I started writing books. I've now written and published 7 books.
Just to see what's possible. What I might enjoy doing. What I might be good at.
I've tried many other things. I traveled through Germany by bicycle and gave talks at universities. And then I gave a bunch of talks across Europe traveling by bus and train. I covered almost 9000km. Just to see what's possible.
Am I a talented speaker? No, not at all.
The first talk I gave in English I did everything wrong you could possibly do wrong. Everyone was laughing and I had no clue why. I felt so embarrassed. And when the talk was over I asked the folks I was presenting with why everyone was laughing.
Turns out I was saying the exact same things the guy before me said. I was so nervous about my talk that I didn't even listen to what he said. And then I just said the same stuff he said.
Look. I wasn't talented or good at any of these things when I started. I didn't study any of these things. I just gave them a shot. Even though it made me feel very uncomfortable. Even though people laughed at me. Even though I told myself that I sucked at all of these things. But I did them nonetheless.
And now all of these things are a part of me. A part of my life. Just because I gave those things a shot. Just because I gave myself a chance to find out what I might enjoy doing.
So every once in a while give yourself a chance. Give yourself a chance and the time you need to shine.
You deserve it...