I woke up to read a post from my mother on Facebook about the life lessons we all can learn from the story of Noah’s Ark, and lesson number 10: “Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals,” struck me.
Since my last entry here, I have booked 15 clients and rebranded my passion turned business into a more direct handle Events by Lia. The events which led to that rebrand was an eye-opening and humbling experience for me. However (quite) painful it was for me, the decision to transition to a new brand name and a simpler logo (which I personally just did using an app on my iPhone) came in really easy. While in my mind (to this day) I have questions left unanswered (for now), I didn’t resist the change. I simply let ego and pride out of the window.
Maybe because unknowingly, prior to reading that Noah’s Ark post, I knew I was an amateur in this industry. And what right do I have as an amateur to complain, to question or to brag about anything? More than that, I knew there was no point in crying over a “name” because my values as a person and as a professional are clear enough to me. I respect people who are more experienced than me, and that “issues” however small are bad for any business. And I have very high respect for those who are more experts in this field, but never grew arrogant over the years. I know a handful right now, and I’m glad to be friends with them.
So you might ask, why am I even writing about it now? Well, I was just pondering over it and I realised that there’s also some sense in the life lesson the story of Noah’s Ark is teaching us.
Truth is, some of the greatest of things in this world were not done by those who are very experienced, well versed or even well-schooled. Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and established Microsoft. Facebook was built by Mark Zuckerberg inside his dorm room in Sophomore College.
I’m not in the league of Zuckerberg or Gates, I know that. I’m not even in the league of the best and most famous event planners and organisers.
But aren’t we all amateurs in life?
Can anybody claim to know how we must live to have that “perfect” life we can only dream about? Don’t we all just try to be the best day in and day out? Don’t we all just give everything a shot?
We can be experts in a certain field, we can be the best in one field- but in other areas of our lives, we are nothing but amateurs.
I’ve been a News person for the last 12 years of my life, but I still get the goosebumps every time I stand up in front of the camera for a live report. I still get the chills, intently praying I don’t mess it up. I’ve been a mom the last 1 year and a half, but I still suck at it and everyday I kiss my daughter goodnight, somehow apologising for not being the best mom for her. I’ve been a daughter the last 33 yrs of my life, and I know in my heart I haven’t been the best one that my parents can be very proud of.
Aren’t we all amateurs? So why bully each other?
In my professional life, I admit I have bullied people twice- and only because they weren’t dressed for the job.
I myself have been bullied (and still am being bullied) by reporters who feel they know it all because they’ve been here longer. But question is, does that make them any better than I am? Of course not.
We are all just amateurs. So stop the hate.
What is clear to me is this- I only have my passion and desire to make events memorable and “superstar” worthy for all my clients. I only know that I love what I do and that I am very attentive to details, making sure everything goes as planned. I am armed only with a bit of luck, lots of prayers and my crazy confidence in putting Events by Lia out there.
These are all I have.
You know sometimes, it’s also good to try the newbies once in a while. Coz we’re at this stage in our “careers” when we are burning with fire, eager to make everything happen and eager to get things done. It’s also good to try newbies sometimes, because we are devoid of any arrogance that intimidate people from booking and getting our services.
This industry is new to me and I am willing to learn.
But don’t bully me. I’m not a pro, I know. I am an amateur I tell you – but I’m worth it.