by Melanie Curtis on May 6, 2013
Last year I was feeling stagnant. I had ideas I was working on to expand my business, but wasn’t 100% sure how to spark to the growth I craved. As someone who thrives on the known and feels daunted by the unknown, I felt blocked for sure.
One thing I definitely believe in is that when you put energy/effort in a direction, things will happen. Period. Thing was, I had been putting energy/effort into my company for a while, but I’d been doing it all on my own. The solopreneur syndrome where you don’t trust anyone to do anything as well as you, so you never ask anyone for any help, ever. You never release control of any part of your business thinking that’s the best approach, when in actuality, it’s the exact reason your growth has stopped. Sound familiar?
Luckily, I saw this happening… I realized that the autonomy I thought was helping, was actually holding me back.
So what to do, right?
Despite the fact that I didn’t know exactly what to do to spark new growth, I made a commitment to start talking. To put myself and my challenge out there. To engage in deliberate conversations. When someone would ask me generically how things were going, I shared where I really was at. I shared more. I shared that I wanted to grow, wasn’t sure how, and was totally open to ideas.
With this approach, I opened the door to new inspirations and opportunities that were only possible from collaboration with others.
This week I got to talk to 150 high school seniors on how to go after their dreams and life a live they truly love. It was AWESOME. I expanded myself, my experience, my business possibilities, my personal happiness, etc etc etc… and I truly felt like I made a difference. The ultimate win-win.
And it all became possible because last year over burgers and beers, I was willing to say more.
Go for it, guys. Start talking. And enjoy the opportunities that come your way!
Any thoughts, insights, or experiences with this, would love to hear in the comments below!