We all have feelings of inadequacy. Many times I have this fear, that someone is going to show up at my door and shut it all down.  They will tell me that I’m not qualified to write about leadership, or to host a podcast, or to build websites or mobile apps, or to teach.  And it will all be over.  Everyday, at some point in that day, I suffer from feelings of being unqualified to do the work that I know I’m meant to do.

Sometimes I let mistakes that I make, thoughts that I have, and my feelings get in the way of my work.  I’ve come to learn that these feelings and thoughts are normal.  We all, at times, have feelings of inadequacy.  We all have fear of missing out and fear of not being good enough.  That’s fine.  But leaders, do it anyway. Sometimes its hard to do what you know you need to do, because you feel “Unqualified.”  But aren’t we all?  Am I qualified to talk on Technical Leadership?  I guess so, but I wasn’t always.  I had to start somewhere.  I mean, is an author an author before he publishes his first book?  Is he qualified to be called an author?  No, but that doesn’t mean he can’t become one.  Leadership is the same way.  Even if you’ve never been a leader before, you can start now.  You don’t have to be “qualified.” to lead, you just need to start leading.  This book by Paster Steven Furtick, my paster and lead paster of Elevation Church, reminds us how throughout history God has used unqualified people do amazing things.  Its an inspirational book that just reminds us of many different people that had flaws and imperfections and glitches.  He talks about how the character Vanellope von Schweetz in Wreck it Ralph had a glitch, maybe was a glitch, but that glitch is what made her great.  She was successful, not in spite of her glitch, but because of it.  We’re the same way.  God had put things in our life that only we have experienced in a unique way.  We have a special perspective that may really resonate with someone and help them out in a way that no one else can.  Basically, this book shows us how the things that make us unqualified to do great things, may actually be the things that make us great.

Stepping outside of the book and taking its meaning into technology, Let’s take Steve Jobs. Many of the things that made him not a great techie, such as his love for fonts and design, helped him take personal computers main stream, by making their user interfaces beautiful. Steven Jobs dropped out of school, but dropped into classes on design.  He didn’t have the education and technical programming skills of someone that should be qualified to run a computer company.  But what he had, was exactly what was needed to make Apple a household name.

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