Building Your Pyramid
There are many people who don't want to invest in things unless it's going to bring them instant gratification.
Why should I do this?
What difference is it going to make?
Or, I just don't want to.
Think of some of the most successful brands. Richard Branson and Oprah Winfrey to name a few. How do you think they got to where they are? Well, it wasn't by saying NO. I'm sure they had to say YES to a lot of things even on days they just didn't feel like it.
I'd like to share an experience I recently encountered.
I was working on a project and thought the best way to get the message out was to share it on Facebook. I had only 12 days to complete my challenge. One of my professional acquaintances is a co-founder of a non-profit group. To be honest, I only interacted with him a few times but I reached out to him anyway to see if he would mind sharing my post. The next thing I knew, he wrote a lovely story and a press release about my mission.
A couple of days later, he asked me if I would be comfortable going on the news. For a moment, the introvert in me was afraid to step out of my comfort zone. However, I had to become uncomfortable if I wanted to accomplish my goal.
As soon as I said yes, the next thing I knew I was scheduled to be on the news. I did it, I got through it, and another follow up story came through that I never would have expected.
I never would have accomplished this without the help of others and forcing myself to do something I've never done before. You never know who is in your circle of influence that may impact your future success.
Each day brings new opportunities. We never know who will come into our life, what we will learn and how we can grow as an individual. So, the next time you say to yourself, "I don't know if I want to do this," keep in mind, life is like a pyramid. You have to build a strong base to reach your goal.
- Stay visible so people will remember you.
- Grow your brand so you'll be the first person people think of.
- Network in order to build your circle of influences.
- Cultivate relationships so you have a strong foundation.
These are all things we need to be successful. Everything we do now will pay off in the long run, but only if we let it!