I’m a perfectionist.
There, I said it. I don’t like to look foolish or stupid or, really, less than perfect.
And it’s held me back. Especially from participating more in conferences.
I’ve wanted to submit a proposal to a conference for a while, but I was waiting around until I had a talk that was (1) completed, (2) awesome, (3) completely unique, and (4) wanted by the community.
But something clicked last night.
This is a proposal.
And being a proposal, I don’t need my talk to be (1) completed. I just need the outline.
The conference organizers will decide if my talk is (3) unique enough and (4) wanted by the community. And if it isn’t, that doesn’t mean the talk is bad, necessarily; just not the right time and place.
Basically, I was taking on myself the judgement that I should leave up to conference organizers.
So I just submitted a proposal to dev.Objective() 2016. I’m excited. I have no idea if it will be accepted, but I’m glad I finally submitting a proposal.
Now, all I need to focus on and all I should focus on is (2) make the talk awesome.