The Joy of Turning Someone Loose

Through a strange series of twists and turns, I’ve become a sort of de facto A/V guy at my company. And largely my colleagues have been content to be dependent on me when the use of a microphone is involved.

Today that changed: a new office team member stepped up, despite technical challenges and lack of experience with the software in play. And while at first I jumped in to help out after some rough patches, I pretty soon realized that she had it sorted. She only lacked confidence in herself.

She certainly didn’t need me or anyone else doing things for her, and this was a moment of truth to establish that.

I found myself rooting for her, and the best part of the day wasn’t the smooth video and sound (though it did get better) but her eventual mastery of the presentation setup, with minimal assistance from me.

As I keep learning, there are few things in life more satisfying than watching someone go from dependence and fear to independence and confidence. My soul grows large in proportion to the growth in the souls of others.

I hope I’ll find someone (or something) else soon that I can turn loose – and I hope I’ll make a habit of it.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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