Back When I’d A Phone Phobia…

…’That great writer is already inside you. It’s up to you to keep writing until you free it.’ – Quote by yours truly.

Back when I had a teenage phone phobia, the noise of a ringing phone would put me on edge. Especially if there was no one in the house but me to answer it.

Standing looking at it, I used to have the same thoughts run through my head.

What do they want?

What if it’s someone I don’t know?

What’ll I say to them?

Knowing I’d have to answer it….I’d usually take my time hoping it would ring out before I’d get to it.

Where that phobia ever came from I don’t know?

But I always put it down to the fact that I wasn’t in control. That I didn’t know what would happen next. And there was a good chance I’d make a fool out of myself.

So a number of years later, the thought of someone like me getting a job in a call centre probably seems like the last place I should me.

And for the first coupla days, the urge to race for the door and never come back, was, let’s say, pretty strong.

Again, each call had the…I’m not in control of this…what if they ask something I can’t know…conversation going on before I’d even said Hello.

Then a funny thing happened.

That voice decided to shut up.


Because the majority of people were decent……except for the few that wanted to pull my head off, probably because they just had it in for people in call centres….but I found I could help most people on the calls.

And after a year working there, I’d talked to almost ten thousand people.

I don’t know about you, but ten thousand is a lot of people to chat to on the phone.

That voice….well, it was well and truly ground out of existence.

The person I am now, is nothing like the one that started work that day.

But like the quote up there says, that person was already inside of me.

I just didn’t know it back then.

Same goes for you.

There’s something you want to do, write, record, or create, but that’s not you right now.

And so you doubt yourself that you’ll ever be able to do it.

But it’s already inside of you.

Your part is to get off your arse and do the thing you’re afraid of. The more you do that thing, the closer you’ll get to what you want to be.

I don’t know if you’re been watching my Facebook lives this past few days. That for me, was something I had
a little fear about.

Now that I’ve a few under my belt…it’s one of the most natural things I’m finding to do.

After doing ten thousand calls…I suppose it kinda takes all the fear out of working without a safety net.

Barry J McDonald.

PS – Probably have trouble shutting me up now.

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