0066: Baby Steps
Hey there, hero!
How many times have you heard the phrase “Just take a few little baby steps at a time, and you’ll be fine.”?
I have a question: have you ever actually witnessed what happens when a baby takes a few steps??
It’s the subject of a tweet that pretty much says it all – and is useful to us all as we learn new skills and start new chapters in our lives.
After you hear my take on this, what are your thoughts on taking “baby steps” now? Let me know in the comments below.
every so often a tweet comes along
that just stops me dead in my tracks
and with all the talk we’ve been having
recently about taking those first steps
in voiceover and acting and whatever
the tweet i’m about to share with you in
this episode of the vo heroes podcast
stop me dead in my tracks we’ll do that
i saw a tweet that really
made me think made me laugh made me tear
up a little bit
uh i want to read it to you if you don’t
i always love it when people say baby
to imply that they’re being tentative
when actually baby steps are a great
into the unknown
i love that i absolutely love that and
it’s so true
don’t know about failure
they don’t care about making a mess
they don’t care about being super
and getting everything right from the
they’re gonna do it and if it takes them
walking halfway across the room in the
wrong direction to do so that’s okay
because they’re babies
and i think sometimes we forget
that we’re all babies
first begin the process
of acquiring a new skill or joining a
having a new mission or hearing a new
those moments when you go okay i want to
do this how do i do this i need to know
what to do but more importantly i need
to know how to do it and then we get all
in our heads about oh well
if i try this
i might fail i’m gonna fail if i fail
i’ll look stupid
you know all of these things that go
through our heads they don’t go through
babies heads they don’t go through baby
babies are like you know i need to poop
i need to eat i need to sleep and i need
to walk like i’m lurching and i don’t
know what i’m doing and it’s okay and
look what happens
everybody around babies
they don’t go oh they suck they’re awful
they’re failing they’re just stupid they
go look how cute look how they’re trying
look how things are actually
look this is gonna be great first steps
this is great baby steps first they’re
rooting for you and you know what
your followers your friends your family
your supporters they’re rooting for you
i’m rooting for you when you first start
with voiceover or with acting or with
i may be helping you with or i may be
joining you in your journey with i can’t
wait to see
the things that you learn and how you
learn them by taking those first
mastery of whatever that is the first
ones they’re gonna suck but guess what
nobody cares they’re gonna think it’s
cute i know i will and i hope you do too
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voheros.com i appreciate you watching
and listening i’m david h lawrence the
17th and i’ll see you in the next
episode of the vo heroes podcast
Awesome podcast…. glad I clicked on it.. just what I needed to hear at this moment as I’m starting a new career in my sales journey….
You always strike a chord and this time you got me a little weepy with your confidence in those of us who value your opinion. Thank you for this one.
This really hit home!
Being the grandfather of a toddler and delighting in his daily discovery and wonder, I can really see how my “grown up” approach to VO work (and the rest of my career) has been a hindrance to growing.
I tend to be a perfectionist who has prided myself in being a fast learner, but I’m realizing that I don’t NEED to always do it faster or more perfectly – I need to enjoy getting dirty and falling forward into the unknown.
You said babies only need to do a few things: eat, poop, and sleep. I’d like to add one more – PLAY! They learn so much from playing and just having fun. I don’t know when it happened, but I stopped playing years ago because it’s “not what adults do”. I’ve been working on allowing my inner child to come out and play more. And the more time I spend around my grandson, the more I see how I can just abandon the governor I’ve allowed to stifle me.
Joining VOHeroes and receiving encouragement from you, other coaches, and other pros has been instrumental in making VO work fun. I’m tempted to stop calling it VO work and call it VO FUN! Just have fun discovering what else is out there and how to enjoy the process.
Thanks again for everything you and your team bring to all of us!
David the XVII, love this. Thanks for your sincerity in these communications. I wasn’t;t going to click on your email teaser at first, because it seemed like it was leaning to a negative: “I have a question: have you ever actually witnessed what happens when a baby takes a few steps??” But I’m glad I did. 🙂
John’s addition: play, says volumes. I forgot to play as well.
Thank you, both.
A timely reminder! Thanks as always for your wisdom and generosity.
Well, Babies suck so bad —
JUST KIDDING!! David, I love this … I think this is what You and I and even Meryl Streep does when we LEAP ! It is the only way to grow and the best way, well, the only way — to make it great!
That wonky wobbly first step is the only way, you do the do — (…there is not try.)
Thanks for sharing.
That’s a great way to look at it. Love it! 🙂
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