Leveraging Strengths to Develop Weaknesses
Striking a conversation with a stranger and going to social events alone are the last things I'm interested in doing. In fact, these are my two major social weaknesses. They didn't get in the way much before because I could always depend on my outgoing friends. With recent changes and relocations, however, I no longer have that luxury. Lately, I've found myself home more, reading and watching shows on Netflix, when I'd rather be out and about. It is a fight I often have with myself and my introversion wins.
While I'm enjoying my books and shows, I needed to feed my social desires. Don't get me wrong, I still hang out with friends, but sometimes I feel overly dependent on them. I knew it was time for me to step outside of my comfort zone and try something different. When I heard about the instameet hosted by Exposure Pittsburgh I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try something new. If I'm comfortable anywhere outside of the house, it is in front of the camera.
Exposure Pittsburgh provides unique opportunities for photographers and models to network and collaborate. With so many talented creatives in DC, I thought this would be a really fun way to both meet new people and get creative. I was right! On a chilly Saturday afternoon, a group of photographers and models from DC and Pittsburgh united and made magic happen. Chilly quickly turned into freezing, but overall, I had a blast. I met some super dope photographers and models, and I have some awesome pictures to show for it!
I'm glad I was able to find something that combines my comforts and discomforts. I was able to leverage my strengths to develop my weaknesses in this particular arena. This was my first meetup and given the success, I doubt it will be my last. I plan to continue to push myself to stop getting in my own way. I know that means I'll have to keep getting uncomfortable until I forget why I had reservations in the first place.
My Letter of Rec: Maximize your strengths. Discover ways to use what you're good at to become even better. So often we tend to focus on our weaknesses alone. More often than not, however, we're well equipped with a skillset that makes up for any shortcomings. You'll really begin to blossom when you get out of your own way.
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