PostHeaderIcon What I Learned From My Toddler: Never Underestimate Your Potential

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By Terez Howard
My nearly 3-year-old girl could sing her ABCs clearly before the age of 2. Now, before the age of 3, she can identify all the letters of the alphabet and tell you the sound they make.

Yes. I am proud of my daughter. I feel blessed to be the one teaching her such vital skills.

I have read that it is rare to teach a child to read under the age of 4. What if I took that to mean that I couldn’t start teaching her the building blocks to reading until she was 4 or even until she started school at age 5?

Don’t underestimate yourself

You run your own business. You want to do something but a BUT stands in your way.

Perhaps you would like to integrate a social media platform and include blogging, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube in your plan. BUT you don’t have the time to learn all that. Perhaps you have a stellar idea for an e-book. BUT you aren’t the best writer, and you don’t really want to hire one. Perhaps you just want to get your new, micro business off the ground. BUT you can’t figure out what part of it needs attention, so you don’t pay attention to anything.

It could be something else. Has your home business outgrown your home office? Do you need to get an iPhone? Should you really make the switch from stay-at-home mom to work-at-home mom?

Are you setting yourself up for failure? Don’t tell yourself that you don’t have time or that you are not adequately qualified to succeed. Instead,

  1. Do your research. Ask experts for help. Read through the blogs of successful entrepreneurs that have mastered your challenge.
  2. Make a plan. It doesn’t have to be rigid or official. It does have to be on paper (virtual or printed). It should include a step-by-step means to achieve your goals.
  3. Do it. I think that’s pretty self-explanatory.
My toddler teaches

My daughter was only able to learn her alphabet because I took the time to teach her. Sometimes, she still forgets the difference between ‘J’ and ‘L.’ But she knows what she’s doing. It will take you time for you become proficient. You will most likely make mistakes along the way. That’s no reason to underestimate your potential.

In the words of Michael Scott, “You have no idea how high I can fly.”

About the author
Terez Howard operates TheWriteBloggers, a professional blogging service which builds clients’ authority status and net visibility.

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4 Responses to “What I Learned From My Toddler: Never Underestimate Your Potential”

  • Rebecca says:

    Great post! It’s true that people underestimate their potential. It’s important to get to the “root” of the issue. Perhaps your underlying intention isn’t in alignment with what you really desire. Some soul searching may be necessary to clear the air.

  • thoward says:

    Well put, Rebecca.

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