A lot of users on Twitter didn't understand why someone would create a Laravel group for women. I think we should celebrate what makes people similar and encourage people to get together with other similar people. We should also recognize and celebrate differences and try to learn from people who have different experiences. The only thing is don't like is pretending we are all the same. We aren't. Let's recognize that fact and move forward with the understanding that both similarities and differences can and should be celebrated.
When trying to find motivation for doing something where you are inclined to procrastinate, I find it to be very helpful to figure out why that thing is important in the first place. Keep asking yourself "why" until you get deep enough into your thoughts / feelings / emotions. If you can get there, things become much more clear.
My plan to build my personal brand in the Laravel community is starting to work. I've published a Guest Spotlight on Laracasts, and now I have a full 8-12 episode series coming out later this summer. I'm also on the Livewire core team. None of this would have been possible if I hadn't put myself out there. If you really think you can do something, then don't tell yourself you aren't qualified. Ask for the thing and let someone else tell you no.
I actually shut down my consulting company and took a full time job, but that doesn't mean I'm not still a creator. I'm still in the business of myself, making sure I can create, learn, and help this amazing company grow.
Over the next few weeks, I am going to build a training course that teaches people how to contribute to Laravel open source projects. I don't think this is going to earn me a lot of money (if any), but I do think it will help me build my personal brand in the Laravel community.
When I learn something new, I find the best way for me to remember it well is to immediately teach someone else. I can write a blog post, record a video, or just tell what I've learned to someone else. In doing this, I'm not only remembering what I learned even more, but I'm also potentially providing helpful content that someone else may find very valuable.
When I find myself feeling socially anxious, it is generally because I approaching a social interaction with self-interested motivations. I have found that if I reframe my approach to, "How can I help?" instead of "What can I get out of this?", I am much more comfortable.
Bricolage as Webster online defines it is: construction (as of a sculpture or a structure of ideas) achieved by using whatever comes to hand.
I took the Predictive Index assessment recently and my profile suggests that I am creative. I don't find myself to be very creative in the sense that most people think (artistic, imaginitive, etc.) but I do know that I have a passion for creating things.
I've come to realize that my passion for creating things is one of the key reasons why I am successful in both of my businesses and I'm going to embrace this aspect of myself.