OK, I know this post might seem strange but I am curious to find out if anyone else has ran into stumbling blocks of their own making on their research trail?
I have had a lot of success in my 7 years of research, and I owe it all to a lot of great people and family. However, I can’t help but wonder how much more successful I would be if it weren’t for my stumbling block. You see, of all things to fail in, I fall short when it comes to being bold and taking initiative. I have often had problems with being confident and being able to boldly go to someone and ask them things I know they know. Don’t get me wrong, once I get to know someone I am wide open to them. It’s getting to know them that is hard.
I’ve never been one to rush in to relationships. I’ve always been a little shy when it comes to new people. Heck, I work at a job with two cousins who I don’t even hardly talk to because I didn’t grow up around them and I really don’t know how to take the leap. I know it is as simple as going to them and starting a conversation but what do I talk about. Plus, they don’t seem to be too eager to talk to me either.
It makes me wonder what my research would be like if it were not for the Internet. On-line I don’t have to worry about shyness. I can talk to complete strangers without any hesitation. I can write my feelings on my blog. I can show forth a side of me that some folks would never know. I’ve had plenty of help from others on-line. Some folks don’t even realize they have helped me but they have.
So, I have put forth one of my stumbling blocks! I know that there are many others who have also come to the same realization. Do you know what your stumbling block is? What have you done to overcome it? I’ll try to keep you updated about my success in overcoming mine.