In a recent conversation my mentor made a statement that struck me in my spirit: “You are doing the world a disservice if you do not use your skills and talents to help others.”

At first, these words felt heavy. I wondered, “Am I really holding back something valuable from the world?” But as I pondered more, a profound realization hit me. This wasn’t a burden; it was a liberation from the chains of self-doubt.

For years, I had been trapped in a cycle of questioning my worth and abilities. I was always waiting for the right moment, the perfect level of expertise, and the ultimate confidence boost to start truly using my talents to serve others. But this quote made me realize that there is no perfect moment. The right time to start is now, with all the imperfections and uncertainties.

I understood that my self-doubt was not just holding me back; it was depriving others of the value I could bring into their lives. The skills and talents I possess are not just for me. They are gifts meant to be shared, to make a difference in the world, no matter how big or small.

This realization freed me. I started to shift my focus from what I perceived I lacked to what I inherently possessed. I began to see my talents as tools for service, not just self-achievement. It was no longer about being the best but about doing my best for others.

I hope my story inspires others who may be fighting with similar doubts. You are more than good enough. Your talents and skills are needed in the world. Do not wait for perfection. Start where you are, use what you have, and watch as you not only transform your own life but also positively impact all of those around you.