Interpreters. We are rarely as powerless as we feel, we are only as powerless as we allow.
Don’t you wish excuses students and mentees give for not doing their assignments worked in real life?
Your brain believes whatever you tell it. When you speak with confidence (especially when you don’t feel it) it will step up.
But! When you mumble or whisper you are telling your brain you don’t know what you are doing and it will act accordingly.
Actual conversation with my boss in 1998, when I asked to adjust my work schedule to take classes to complete my BA:
Uncle Dale: Because i’m going to law school.
B: Why? You are a great interpreter, you have a good job and do you realize that when you graduate you will be 33-years-old?
UD: I will be 33-years-old anyway. I might as well be 33-years-old and a lawyer.
B: But you should have done that a long time ago. You’ve made your decisions in life.
UD: Know what? I can still make decisions. In fact here is a decision, I quit.
One of the best decisions I ever made.
As an interpreter you can never learn too much, or know too much, but you can definitely say too much.
If you are willing to work between 1:00am and 6:00am anytime you are called, you will always have work.
Uncle Dale’s You Should Probably Know… Why You Know What You Know.