I decided to become independent, I’ll be available for work from June. I am starting this with an experiment, employing the connections I made in recent years to create options for work and collaboration. I do this because I trust you, and trust myself. I specifically trust you to give me opportunities for work.
I got my first taste of the agile community in 2009. Since then, I attended and organized coach camps, connected to many active peers through Twitter, supported the growing ALE network… We co-created a lot of events and connected a lot of people. I have enjoyed myself immensely doing this, and learned a lot. I honed my coaching and leadership skills and now feel I’m up for new challenges.
Last year I became aware of my issues with self-appreciation. When I started to talk about it, I learned that I was not alone. I learned to trust myself and understood that I had settled for being comfortable.
Realising I had a problem, I asked for help. And received plenty of it, until I finally became able to appreciate myself for something I had accomplished. That was hard. Phew!
Doing this, I appreciated my greatest talent: shifting and twisting a context with trust so that beneficial options can emerge.
Trust, Full Thrust
Last Tuesday I was on a train to a conference and watched Amanda Palmer’s TED talk “The Art of Asking”. It resonated on so many levels that I actually began to cry on the train. She not only turned “asking for help” into an art, she tuned up the volume of real options with trust so high that … She could risk fully trusting strangers. I’ll discern this in a later post, for now you just need to know: she inspired me to do the same. I’ll now put my trust in my network and my abilities to create real options to the test…
Will You Help Me?
I will be available for your challenges from June, 2013. I’ll be independent and I don’t yet have a plan. That’s why I want you to show me options, guide me towards people and organisations that might benefit from my influence. If you have a challenge where my talent might help you to increase your options or your effectiveness, tell me. If you want to work with me, ask me. If you want to know what I can do, contact me. If you know someone who might benefit from my help, recommend me!.