As a writer, an artist, a programmer, a leader or whatever you consider yourself to be – are you certain that what you create is coming 100% from your heart?
That you have a special style, personality, tone that is specifically you — and that you’re proud of it?
Our voice is what makes us unique. It’s how we show the world who we are.
Without a strong voice, we come off as wishy-washy. Confused. Unsure of ourselves.
But it’s not easy to find your true voice. For one, it takes a lot of courage. Courage to show the world who you really are and what you stand for.
Finding my own voice took years. As a writer, I spent a lot of time writing academic papers in school — and I was damn good at them. But although I rarely got anything less than an A, they didn’t show my authentic writing voice.
I wrote them with the end result in mind, relying on fancy words, powerful quotes and perfect grammar to get me the top grade. I didn’t dig deep enough and never wrote from the heart.
And so upon leaving the world of academia, I was faced with a brutal task: to find my own voice.
It hasn’t been easy, and I’ve made mistakes along the way. But I hope what I’ve learned on my journey helps you discover your own voice. [Read more...]