Jumping Off the Cliff

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I would never recommend literally jumping off a cliff, at least not unless you are properly geared up for the thing. Even then, I am not really sure it is a good idea. But that is really what it means, isn’t it? Stepping outside of what is comfortable and safe, taking a risk in hopes of the rush reward.

Photo Courtesy Kellie Nuss

Although I have often been intrigued by the thought of flight (like hang gliding as an example), I am not sure that I can be convinced to get strapped in and take the giant step. Even so, most folks would not say that I am particularly risk adverse. I am, however, risk cautious! I am willing to take a risk if I believe the potential benefit is substantial enough to warrant it.

For the past few days I have been working with a friend, thinking about and talking through the possibilities for me and my business. As an extrovert, as defined by the Myers-Briggs Indicator Type tool, processing of difficult information requires talking, not just thinking and/or writing. And it has worked: things that I am sure I already knew but that were previously just floating around in my head now have clarity!

My big revelation is….wait for it….my deepest passion is teaching!! Yes, it is a shocker, I know. But now that you have processed this surprising news (not!), let me explain what I mean. Anyone who has been in one of my classes knows I love to teach. But my true passion is not knitting (or skiing), it is sharing knowledge. Not just the knowledge I possess and can pass along, but helping anyone, everyone, to be able to effectively and successfully share their knowledge too.  I actually talk about it a bit in my promo video for my Craftsy class, How to Teach It.

So what does this all really mean? I think I am ready to JUMP! I am going to begin working on creating a new business that focuses exclusively on helping people share knowledge more effectively with groups of people. Obviously I still need to work on my elevator speech. But a few days ago, I could not even begin to articulate what I felt I was being called to do!

Does it mean I am going to stop teaching knitting? Not a chance! I also plan on continuing to be a part-time ski instructor. Being in the world you are consulting with helps you be a better consultant. But it does mean that over time, I may have fewer slots available for teaching at local shops and guilds. But we are not there yet!  So if you have been thinking about having me come out, now is the time to get me on your schedule. Just drop me an e-mail and we can get the process started.

In the mean time, what do you think of my new venture? Share what’s on your mind in the comments below. I am really interested to know your thoughts!

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