I met with a man at Starbucks today. He was facing the challenge of wanting to start his own business. During the length of our conversation I was thinking of how many years I wasted in my life looking for that perfect place for me to use my skills; how I was afraid to get myself labeled as something, so I waited to act.
Just before this meeting I ran into an old friend who spent years as a salesman and he did a great job at it. Now he is older and those sales opportunities are not around for the finding. Both of these meetings today got me to thinking about how we set ourselves up; how when life deals us a bad hand we tend to point fingers at the world and say it’s the world’s fault.
Both men I spoke with are facing tough times. Neither of them is blaming the world. They are both looking for their perfect opportunity but they both are very willing to take anything that comes along now to help them reach their goals. This got me to thinking about our topic this week of getting the entrepreneur spirit alive in life. So many times in life, we need to push to create instead of searching for the opportunity, waiting for the perfect opportunity to find us.
A few months ago, I started to walk away from all those I offered free coaching to. I began to search for those who wanted to make their lives better and stopped helping those who needed to make it better but weren’t willing to make changes. I did this because even I need to make my life better. We all need to improve but so many of us are not willing to make it better.
Well, I’m going to suggest in your mind to put yourself in the shoes of the two men I spoke with today. Imagine yourself without a job and your money is going fast because your expenses are more than you can make. Now I want to you look at the other picture: you see your world getting smaller and you know it’s time to act and build before you are stuck in the world without a job to pay for all you have.
No matter where you are, you can become stuck in that world. It is up to you to pick yourself out of it. No one thinks they need a coach; we all think we can do it the way we are, on our own. Well, we all need a coach, a mentor, someone to see what we are not seeing to push us to build our world and learn.
The problem as I understand it (I was there, remember?) is we think we cannot afford that coach. We do not see ourselves with the money to pay $5k to $25k for the individual coaching needed go to that next level of success.
So what is the solution? Get as close to those coaches as you can in other ways. I myself started this year attending many of the seminars and bootcamps put on by coaches I admire and respect that can teach me something new. If you are moving forward with your life, sometimes just being around those people who are also moving forward can spark new ideas.
So what new seminars are you going to attend? I say this now because, as you know I have one coming up in Dallas this month and in Phoenix next month. If you want to come, email me for a ticket to get into one. Sometimes that stuck feeling can be overcome by sitting in one of these events, or meeting someone else at the event who may have been through the struggle you are facing. What are you going to do next?