I’m not famous. Yet. And Why I’m Okay with it.
I'm not famous, but I will be.
You might not be either, and that's ok.
But you and I are both doing something special.
You and I are doing whatever it takes to make a difference in the world and impact the lives of those around us.
We're not famous, yet.
But today I want to show you how we can be.
Over the past few days I've been reading a series of blog posts on Fizzle.co about tiers of social influence.
In the social media and online world, the “top-tier” people include the likes of Pat Flynn, Amy Porterfield, Chris Brogan and Cliff Ravenscraft. These people can't walk down a hall to the bathroom without it taking an hour because so many people want to talk.
We all want to be associated with these types of people.
They're the cool kids at the lunch table, the star sales person at work, the head neurosurgeon at the hospital, or the teacher of the year at school.
We so desire to be part of the cool group we forget about the people around us.
The little people.
See, I'm a little person online.
And maybe you are too.
I want to share a quick story with you that will provide some context.
Traci, James, Ashley and I were enjoying our Pho when we look over and who do we see?
Dan Miller and Ray Edwards enjoying some after dinner tea.
Trying to be sly, I pointed to them and said to James, “Look who it is!”
To that James replied, “Ya, I think they're working on a business opportunity.”
Traci quickly added, “Man, those big-time guys are always partnering on something. That's cool!”
And with that statement, my world has looked a little different.
Sometimes I feel like all of the little guys (like me) are clamoring and scrapping just to survive. We're fighting to get the best podcast interviews, we're pushing and shoving to get into the greatest parties or sit at the coolest tables.
That has to stop!
We're killing ourselves and hurting each other.
We (and maybe it's just me) act like two people who are so concerned with drowning that we don't realize there's room on the boat for both of us; we just have to help each other get out of the water first.
What Traci said is true, those big-time guys are always partnering together.
But here is what I realized:
We can do the same thing, but we first have to realize that we're not each other's competition, we're each other's team.
Instead of fighting to survive, why don't we come together so we can live?
Instead of scrambling for a spot at the cool kids table, why don't we start our own table.
As a side note, Pat, Cliff, Chris and Amy are extremely generous with their time. I could never say anything negative about those guys (and girl). They are where they are because they've done what I'm proposing here.
What am I proposing?
I'm proposing we all get famous together.
Instead of going solo (which doesn't work anyway), we should find strategic partnerships that'll make us both better.
Are you with me?
Who wants to be famous? Who wants to connect and grow with me? Who wants to build a partnership that will take us both where we want to go?
Over the next few months, here is what I'm going to do.
If you're with me, leave me a comment saying “I'm in!” plus what your plan is.
Over the next few months I'm going to connect with new people. If they're doing something cool, I want to know about it.
I'm going to make an intentional effort to be a part of the story of these great people who are developing themselves, growing their businesses, and overcoming all of the challenges they're facing.
I'm going to take 2014 and rock its face off!