From time to time you will be faced with an opportunity that looks downright scary.
The temptation is to think, "Hey, that's way outside my level of expertise. I'm not ready for that."
My advice to you is this: Do it.
When you are faced with opportunities that are larger, more challenging and ultimately 'scary', that's when you learn fastest, stretch yourself most and build your inner confidence as a copywriter.
Let me give you a couple of related examples.
Within my first two months as a direct marketing copywriter I was presented with opportunity to write a mailing for Franklin Mint.
As some of you may know, Franklin Mint is a very, very sophisticated company when it comes to direct marketing. I seriously wondered whether I might end up looking like an idiot, wasting my time and theirs.
But I took on job. Scary, yes. But it worked out fine. I learned a great deal and continued to do work for them.
Here's another, related example.
In early 1998 a friend of mine was invited to speak to a few hundred people at a conference about marketing online. He got cold feet and asked me to speak in his place. The problem was, I had only a week to prepare my talk.