For several years I never realized that I had the ability to write well. Being a resident of a non-English speaking country, I used to think that I could never consider myself on par with native English speakers.
I am very grateful to a close friend of mine who asked for my help in writing content for his friend's website. I agreed to give it a try and did the work with a lot of interest and involvement.
Interestingly the person I did this work for was a native English speaker and I couldn't contain my joy when he appreciated my work and paid me well. Now he is a regular client of mine. That was my first writing assignment and with it began my work-from-home job as a freelance writer.
I do regret not realizing this earlier because, if I had, I wouldn't have struggled hard to retain my day job for several years, the principal reason being that I hated it. I am very passionate about writing and want to continue doing this for as long as possible.