I joke a lot to my friends that I have no marketable skills.
"I have no marketable skills!" I shout, and make a goofy face to mask my insecurity about the fact that I'm not where I want to be (where I want to be is the easy part of a career in the arts).
And even though I honestly started out thinking it was a joke, the more I said it, the more I believed it.
Last week I sat down and said out loud, alone, to myself "I have no marketable skills" and instead of making a face, I just sat there. Sad.
I could have just kept saying that to myself, but I started to try and find the skills I had that I could learn and market. Should I learn to code? Knit?
And as I let that list build up in my head, I decided to make a list of all the skills I have that maybe I'm just not thinking of as marketable.
And that's when I realized I have plenty of marketable skills. Some of them are more traditionally marketable than others (proofreading vs. listening) but they're all there.
That little perception shift made me so much happier and more excited about my career and myself!