[In] dependence: Why it’s a good thing you’re not the best

[In] dependence: Why it’s a good thing you’re not the best

Photo by Alexis Brown on Unsplash

Photo by Alexis Brown on Unsplash

Being in a creative field, I’m surrounded by sickeningly talented people. Sure, I’m a decent writer, but God help my Canva attempts. I’m pretty sure my computer suppresses giggles (she’s a girl and her name is electra, btw) every time I crap out a design-challenged social post (follow me anyway @lindseywagnonmarketing) you have my full permission to laugh hysterically when you see what I’m talking about).

These shortcomings have become even more apparent to me as I attempt to be the Founder and CEO of my own, personal brand. I look at other people’s online personalities and am painfully aware of what I’m not good at. It feels like success in the personal branding world only happens to those who inhabit some kind of hept-fecta of talent. You have to write well, design well, have this huge, magnetic personality, be a technical ace, take uh-mazing photographs, decorate your house like you’ve got a master’s in interior design, and fill your selfies with only the most fashion-forward ensembles. For the love, WHERE do these people get the money for that!?

Meanwhile, here’s me. Like, literally me, in my living room at this very moment. 

i have no words for what you're seeing.

i have no words for what you’re seeing.

Okay, so some people may not be bothered by this like I am. But I’m a first child, and very independent. I like to control and lead things. I do NOT like constantly being so aware of my limits, especially when I know no amount of practice or technical training can make up for a lack of natural ability. 

But, it also dawns on me that if we were all great at everything, we wouldn’t need anyone else. We would never have cause to let someone else show off their strengths. We would never have a reason to employ others, get a different perspective or enjoy working with a team. We would be a TERRIBLE spouse, friend, co-worker or leader. Honestly, we would all be jerks. 

If we were always the best at everything, never needing anyone else, success would be a very lonely place to land. 

Independence can push us forward, but so can being graciously in dependence when we need to be. Comment below to tell me how you often find yourself being in dependence on others. 

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