Tales from a Bootcamp Attendee: Be True to You

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If you attended this year’s Virtual Bootcamp, your head is probably still spinning from information overload. I think we can all agree it exceeded expectations.

The speakers were phenomenal!

Each one looked at different areas of the writing business.

Some focused on steps for beginners, others on making existing businesses better, but they ALL brought something to the table. And that table was FULL.

Throughout Bootcamp there were a few resonating themes. Over the next few weeks, I want to share the themes that really struck me, how I plan to make them a part of my life, and how you might benefit from them as well.

Each week, I hope you’ll share your comments and let me know what you think. Whether or not you attended Bootcamp, do these themes resonate with you too? If so, how will you apply them in your own life and business?

It All Starts with You

The first, and maybe most powerful, theme from Bootcamp was to be authentic. Be yourself. Be true to you. Bring your own style and do things you enjoy.

Sounds easy, right?

It’s not. And it’s not just people new to writing who struggle with this. It’s hard to be the authentic version of yourself. To be true to you, you have to be vulnerable, and that can be scary.

It starts with being authentic to yourself, to your own goals and “gut compass.” That nudge you get from your gut that tells you if something is off.

A major lightbulb moment was when Ted Capshaw said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”

He’s right. You can pick a road at random, but who knows if you’ll end up somewhere you want to be. That’s not ideal when trying to build the life of your dreams.

This whole writer’s life thing is about building your dream life! To build the dream, you need to know what the dream is. You need to get clear on who you are and what you want.

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Holly Rhoton

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  • Wow Holly you summed up and fleshed out that theme of authenticity so beautifully. I couldn’t agree more, and I really felt it myself because this whole year I’ve been sort of trying to discover what’s really authentic about myself, shedding dead weight, clarifying my goals, understanding my journey a little better. You encapsulated it so, so perfectly.

    • You and me both Suzanna! I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Cheers to all of us getting a little more clear on who we are and where we’re going. 🙂

  • I love it that you pointed out that you don’t have to compete when you’re your authentic self. I call it integrity. One path I found for strengthening it (from anthropology’s way of looking at cultures), is to ask yourself what is important to you about family, community, spirituality, education, politics, and economics. Thanks for your ideas on it.

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