Recently and on an informal basis, I have been helping entrepreneurs build their businesses all the way from an idea to its successful application. Within these conversations, I have brought my failures and successes in life to the table. In giving helpful and pragmatic tools about this long and arduous journey, my friends and associates have cultivated some of my ideas and integrated them into their own business models.
When I had my Keynote Speaker epiphany back in 2011, I could only imagine how I was going to make this audacious dream into a reality. Even before I decided to brand myself an expert on overcoming fear, I was absolutely frightened of the concept in trying to grow all aspects of my business. However, with hundreds of hours of meeting successful business people (& copious amounts of coffee), I was able to not only formulate a comprehensive plan, but I was able to bring in some of their ideas to help make my business expand.
Just the other day, I received the following email:
“I just wanted to update you! My husband and I found a business consultant. Also, my state has a small business development center and ‘WOW’… free small business consulting. I love it for so many reasons! I have been following your advice from our talk last summer, and reviewing/studying all of the notes. I have been working daily, lots of man-hours working on my ideas and carving out time in a day where there is no time between being a mom, wife, housekeeper, teacher, etc. Like you had said, I carved out the time!
So, we are planning to get our business license next week. We made a date and my husband has been really supportive which is so awesome because he is so logical and practical and he thinks my business sounds promising…. so that’s great.
I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, thanks again for your advice and support. You are so inspiring and such a great friend. You are part of my happiness and success being a role model, believing in me, and continuing to support!
May 1-3 there will be a large art show. I will be a part of it and the plan is that this event will mark the official launch of my business. In saying that, this summer I have a half a dozen art camps I will be running. Things are rolling and life is good.
I will keep you posted… and yes you can have my autograph…..LOL. Only if you give me yours first.”
Several years ago, I would have never thought that my actions (Which many were taught by other friends and associates) would be able to help others grow. It looks as if I will be EMBRACING this coaching concept. I LOVE TO PAY IT FORWARD!