Quarter Turn's Happy Accident
New monthly guest interviews
I looked out, through the stage lights, at what looked like an ocean of eyeballs.
Every person in the audience, and each of the 5 other panelists on stage, earned far more than me.
But when you’re a tiny leader at the bottom of the corporate totem pole and you get asked to speak at the annual bigwig shindig, there’s only one right answer:
YES. Yes, of course.
It was January of 2018, and I’d been asked weeks before to join a discussion on diversity, after supporting a high-profile project all year.
I’d spent December in vague state of panic.
I wrote my remarks on flashcards and practiced them every day until I could recite the words cold.
During every shower, I gave my 2-minute speech to an audience of imagined suits and jewelry. (I’m a mom—the shower is rare uninterrupted time)
But when I finally got onstage I noticed it:
every one of the other five panelists had note cards in their hands.
I was cardless.
I was the only one who’d memorized what to say.
No one had told me I could have cards. I could have saved my time and blood pressure for a solid month.
But you know what?
I wouldn’t change it.
My preparation was a “happy accident” that proved I was capable of public speaking in a way I’d never have pictured, before.
And even if it did nothing for my career, it did worlds for my confidence.
Quarter Turn is adding something new . . .
Interviews with online writers! Once a month you’ll get an interview right here that won’t be tweeted. Won’t be on Medium.
The Quarter Turn+ interviews will be newsletter exclusives.
For this first special edition, I was lucky to get a “yes” from my friend and author of the “Happy Accidents” newsletter, Dennis Geelen.
Dennis has been hard at work organizing a solopreneur summit with big-name speakers, that’s coming up on September 20th.
Find all the details in this tweet (link to register is in the replies):
Are you attending the Solo Creator Summit next month?
— Solo Creator Summit (@SoloCreatorHQ)
Aug 24, 2023
Advice I wish I had as a writer 10 years ago:
• You never know what's going to resonate. Just hit publish.
• Progress gets easier to measure the longer you do it.
• You won't enjoy writing every day. Do it anyway.
• Writing is more important than reading.
Hope this helps.
— Nicolas Cole 🚢 (@Nicolascole77)
Aug 11, 2023
Who would YOU like to see interviewed for Quarter Turn+?
Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
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