Recently a business coach and friend pointed out that I had a powerful 30 days of achievements.
I did a press release to announce the arrival of my new book “Financially Irresponsible”
Released the book on the Amazon platform
Delivered a TED talk at TEDx Hartford
Dropped another press release announcing the talk and my call to action
Black Enterprise Magazine picked up my story and not only posted to their website, but their social media handles as well (Facebook is showing almost 600 shares and 1.5k likes).
IHeart Radio called inviting me to appear as a guest on one of their National shows.
Of course my friend knew that those 30 days was the culmination of nearly 10 years of a slow build and disciplined approach to shaping my future. He pointed out that outside of that discipline there were several factors that led me to the position I’m in today. Several factors that I’m going to share with you now.
1.I was comfortable betting on myself. Yes that means financially, that means mentally, physically, even spiritually. I decided that no matter what I was not going to fail and that I would do whatever necessary to learn, grow, and show.
2.I stayed out of my feelings. When disappointment hits for me, it hits HARD. However I knew my mission was too important to let my attitude or disappointment stop me. Sometimes that mean having a plan b and a plan c. Speaking of plans…
3.I had a plan and I stuck to it. One thing I realize separates the successful from the talented and hardworking is consistency. Often times people give up when they don’t see enough traction, enough dollars, enough responses. I believe in what I do and what I produce so much that sure, i’d be disappointed if no-one budged or responded but I wouldn’t stop. I would just have to keep coming up with ways to come at my goal until I won.
4.ABL- Always be learning. I leveraged the insights not only of the coach, but also the market. There were times I wanted to go left and everything told me I needed to go right so I listened. Too often, creatives and business people want to be “Bosses” and do thing THEIR way. I’ve learned that true Bosses make decisions that are best for the final product and the end user. Fortunately, the market was receptive to my ideas and gave me feedback that I implemented immediately.
Again, success was not an overnight thing. Nor does it come and stay. Anyone who’s been watching knows that I’m riding this wave as long as I can while also “Thinking of a master plan” to continue to build and develop.
They say the climb to the top is one thing, but staying there… well that’s something else.
Let me know what you think and as always feel free to share with others.