Anyone can be a leader. Sounds easy, right? Well, it’s not. Because most people aren’t willing to do the one thing that would cause their influence to grow.
Why do some people have a larger following than others? Is the playing field really even? Or is their something the world’s best leaders aren’t telling us? And how do you do this whole networking business in a way that doesn’t feel totally sleazy?
The answer may surprise you.
The reason publishers are signing authors who have built their own platforms is the same reason YouTube sensations are appearing on car commercials. It’s because they’re not waiting to be picked. They’re choosing to start in spite of the fact that no one’s given them permission. Ironically, this is what makes them so attractive.
These are the trail-blazers, the trendsetters, the true difference-makers of our day. They’re the ones “crazy enough to change the world.”
And you could be one of them. If you could just stop waiting to be picked.
Some weeks, my desktop is a disaster. Full of papers and files and sticky notes with half-baked ideas, I am your typical creative. Disorganized and disheveled, I proudly chalk it up to the artist in me.
But if I am honest, this is embarrassing, not to mention unproductive.
Clutter is not my friend; it is my enemy. Clutter is procrastination. It is the Resistance — a subtle form of stalling and self-sabotage. And it keeps me (and you) from creating stuff that matters.
I just signed a book contract. It’s a dream come true.
The book (which I’ll tell you more about later) is slated to come out next September. I am beyond elated and excited.
What I’m most eager to share is the process of how it happened.
When you tell your story, how do you talk about yourself? Are you completely honest?
Why not do something different than most writers? Make yourself a hero in the worst kind of way.
Really great heroes sacrifice themselves, right? So do just that.