I was at a network meeting when someone told me how much they admired me and what I’d accomplished. I’ll spare you the list of accolades but suffice to say I walked away with a swollen head.
It seems they enjoyed my writing style and had developed the impression that I never made a single mistake or failure in the twenty plus years I’d been in business for myself.
I asked them why they felt that way.
You’re able to pinpoint whats wrong with a situation and give advice on how to fix it. I just think you’re amazing. That’s a real gift.
I ran my hand through my beard for a few seconds and asked them if they really believed what they’d just said.
All those things I write about come from first hand experience. If I’d never made all of those mistakes I doubt I’d be standing in front of you today. I’m successful but I haven’t always felt that way.
I’d just told someone the Easter Bunny and Santa were not for real.
Do you wanna grab a cup of coffee?
When we sat down here’s what I shared with him
- If it ain’t broke you ain’t trying hard enough
- Most online business do not make it over a year.
- Know|Like|Trust – Rinse and Repeat
- There’s always another shiny object lurking around out there somewhere!
Have I enjoyed myself along the way? You bet!
Have I met some fascinating people? Uh-Huh!
Did I have opportunities I’d never dreamed of? Sure did!
But easy? Nah.
If it had come easy I wouldn’t appreciate things as much as I do.
I’ll give you one final pearl of wisdom to chew on
Never, ever forget the LESSONS of past experiences
There is a movement today that encourages us to blot out our past and cover it up with mantra’s, rainbows, unicorns and sunshine.
Our past is who we are and suggesting we forget it is akin to cutting off an arm or leg.
Learn from it and let it scare you sometimes because it’s a beacon, a sign, a whatever you wanna call it that says Don’t step there again.
Okay, I promised myself to stop here.
Listen to YOU
ALL of YOU