Our dreams and stories have weightiness. Each time we share with them they have the power to inspire others that follow us to leave their mediocrity and embark on their own path.
Somewhere along the path of life everyone gets discouraged and gives something up. I have a friend who went to school to become a communications professional. Even with a degree she chose at the time to give up that dream for another noble one. After successfully raising and sending beautiful children out into the world she then chose to once again pick up that other dream. And she is rocking it! Along that path were many inspiring leaders and people that told their stories, challenged her and kept believing in her.
Also, not everyone is going to resonate with you. And that is perfectly ok too. In fact the sooner they stop reading your posts, buying your books and watching your Vlogs the better off we are. They need to go find the right ones for them. Round pegs don’t fit into square hole, on purpose. But the ones that do fit need to be energized, inspired, challenged and sometimes even pushed.
In organizations this concept is critical. Once that someone who fits is involved in the story, they make great changes. And we get to applauded for it. Even the mistakes! They take the risks and move an organization forward. They break a lot of things but finding the huge wins along the way.
So here is a call. First, really understand the story you are living in. Once you know that story be radically transparent. Expose it someplace people can find you. If you lead in an organization, (by the way, you already are even if you are in the mail room) the success of the organizations depends on it.
And the really cool part about this is that once you do this you will have no problem finding people to support you, encourage you and help you accomplish the big audacious dreams. In fact you will have to get out of their way so they can do even more to help you get there.
Over the next month some of my daily posts (including this one) will be assignments from a leadership class I am taking from Seth Godin.