Guest Post: Don’t Sell Yourself Short by Sharon Cullen
The other day a friend and I were having a discussion about the proper way to pronounce Bogata. I know, weird. But my friend, who’s a hair stylist, said, “This is why you write books and I do hair.”
It got me thinking about the skills we possess. Yes, I write books. But there is no way I can look at a person and know what color their hair should be and what style suits the shape of their face, their lifestyle, etc. then actually execute it. Trust me, you don’t want me near your hair with a pair of scissors.
It also got me thinking about the skills I don’t possess—like my inability to stay organized or to do complicated math in my head or to understand Excel spreadsheets.
Sometimes I think we sell ourselves short, always saying, “I can’t do that”, without remembering or acknowledging the things we can do. I can write books, I can draw well enough (although I’m a little out of practice), I can bake and cook.
But there is one skill I totally wish I had and that’s the ability to decorate. I can’t decorate to save my life. I’m hopeless at it. I have another friend who is wonderful at it. In fact, I cooked her and her husband dinner one night with the agreement that she come over and decorate my house. She did an awesome job with whatever I had (and I have a lot). It was amazing how moving a few things around transformed my house.
So tell me, what skills do you possess (let’s all toot our horn a little bit), and which skills do you wish you possessed?
About the Author:
After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University, Sharon found the stories inside her head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn’t until years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. Since then she’s been published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance and historical romance.
Sharon’s other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.
Her debut historical romance, The Notorious Lady Anne, will release from Loveswept in February, 2013, followed by The Infamous Lord Blythe, later in 2013.
If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her blog or her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.