During school days, even though I was not shy I was kind off an introvert. I was not noticed as I never scored high grades nor was good in sports and I hardly participated in any extra curricular activities.
The first time I participated in an 'Pick and Speak' competition, I picked my chit which said "Two sides of a coin". I was in 7th grade and still couldn't manage to think of anything related. I went on the stage and said " My today's topic is Two sides of a coin, My todays topic is two sides of a coin. A coin always has only two faces and two sides ...ummm... a a a... ... Thank you".
Obviously for next few days, I became the laughing stock of my class.
Every time I tried to believe in myself, there were many factors which let me down. After living a life of an introvert through my school days, I began to break the myth of disbelief that surrounded me. I began to look past the insecurities and started believing in myself.
It didn't happen overnight, it didn't come naturally to me, it involved a conscious effort. I started concentrating more on my strengths and ignored the weak points which pulled me down and in no way was my fault.
Yes the same me is labelled as an 'Extrovert' today. The laughing stock is now invited to judge
'Public Speaking' events and give Guest Lectures in Universities. Well, I can manage playing Badminton but honestly still a Loser when it comes to sports :)