How to Overcome The Doubters – Dealing with Those Who Underestimate You

29. July 2014

0 Comments

How to Overcome The Doubters – Dealing with Those Who Underestimate You

My friend Ben Arment sent out an email recently that was really powerful… not just for authors but for anyone who is pursuing a dream. I asked Ben if I could share it and he obliged. Read his words below..

Want to know something?

One of the best outcomes of pursuing a dream is showing people what you’re capable of.

Until then, they think they’ve got you figured out. They put you in a box based on what you’ve done before. You’re not capable of what you haven’t already achieved, they think.

But the minute you bring your dream to life, it awakens people to your true potential.

And here’s the kicker – no one will ever pay you for what they have no idea you can do. It’s not even on their radar. You can announce that you’re going to do it on twitter, but until you actually deliver it to the world, you’ll be defined by what you’ve already done.

Like right now.

I have no idea that you can write a novel, or produce a feature film, or lead a big church, or host your own television show. I don’t think you can raise a million dollars, or speak at TED, or write a best selling business book, or launch a global brand.

I am completely underestimating you.

So there is some work you’ll have to do for free… for now. It’s work that expresses what you’re capable of but remains unseen by the world. You can’t get paid for it… yet.

The goal is someday.

But for now, you may have to spend two years on that novel without seeing a single dime. You may have to self-fund that short film with a second job. (Now, the rest of the work? That stuff you’ve already proven you can do? You should charge for that.)

But for now, you should spend as much time as you can doing work for free that brings your dream to life… and shows the world an unseen side of your capabilities. This is going to sound cheesy, but “the free work is the key work to unlocking your potential.”

Did you know that Walt Disney paid for the initial drawings of Disney Land with his own money because no one else believed in him at first? (You’re in good company.)

I know some talented individuals who only use their talents for paid opportunities (It’s terribly humiliating to do unpaid work, isn’t it?) So they only deliver the things you’d expect… the things they’ve done in the past… the things you already know they can do.

And they remain the same people they have always been.

Among being a swell guy with really insightful ideas and perspective, Ben is the author of Dream Year: Make the Leap from a Job You Hate to a Life You Love. It’s a book I HIGHLY suggest you pick up and read. But don’t just read it, do what it says. Ben has helped many people realize their dreams and if you follow his lead… your dream could be a reality as well.

In Dream Year Ben guides you, step-by-step, as you identify, plan, and launch your dream career—in just one year.


Share This Post With Others:

    25. July 2014

    6 Comments

    How This Guy Generated $211,247 from Podcasting Last Month

    How This Guy Generated $211,247 from Podcasting Last Month

    That was not a typo in the title of this post. Yes, it did read $211,247 last MONTH… (see the income report here). To be fair, not 100% of the revenue was directly from the podcast (like coaching, affiliate income, etc.) but the overall revenue was basically a result of his amazingly popular podcast. Who [...]

    Continue reading...

    24. July 2014

    0 Comments

    6 Ways to Master the Art of Woo (Winning Others Over)

    6 Ways to Master the Art of Woo (Winning Others Over)

    Regardless of who you are or what you do, you have influence. It’s what you do with the influence you yield that matters. Your influence can be positive or negative. It can be a haphazard byproduct of your life or it can be an intentional reflection that serves to lead and move others towards something [...]

    Continue reading...

    23. July 2014

    0 Comments

    How to Use a Membership Site to Help More People, Scale Yourself and Create Recurring Income

    How to Use a Membership Site to Help More People, Scale Yourself and Create Recurring Income

    How would you like to… Help More People in a Greater Way Scale Yourself (Work Smarter and Create More Margin in Your Life) Generate Recurring Income I’m not psychic but I’d be willing to bet that you said YES to at least one, if not all of those points. If that is the case, a [...]

    Continue reading...

    21. July 2014

    0 Comments

    10 Ways to Get More Email Subscribers and Build a Powerful List

    10 Ways to Get More Email Subscribers and Build a Powerful List

    Hands down, one of the best things you can do to grow your platform, business, or organization is to put a heavy emphasis on building your email list. It doesn’t matter if you are an author, professional speaker, entrepreneur, traditional business, church or nonprofit… building your list is a must. Well, it’s a must IF [...]

    Continue reading...

    21. July 2014

    13 Comments

    What Jeff Walker Didn’t Tell You About How His Book Became a Bestseller

    What Jeff Walker Didn’t Tell You About How His Book Became a Bestseller

    There’s a little, well maybe bigger than little, insider secret to landing a book on the bestsellers list. It’s something Jeff Walker utilized but that I don’t think he’s told you yet. I’ll explain below… Some of you know who Jeff Walker is. Some might not. Jeff is a marketing guru and creator of the [...]

    Continue reading...

    19. July 2014

    4 Comments

    Why Most Authors Should Not Have Social Media Accounts for Their Books

    Why Most Authors Should Not Have Social Media Accounts for Their Books

    I see it on Twitter and Facebook almost daily… …and it makes me sad. It’s when authors, with good intentions, setup social media accounts for their books. Specifically I mean setting up a separate Facebook page or Twitter account just for their book. I know, it might “seem” like a good idea at first but… [...]

    Continue reading...

    18. July 2014

    2 Comments

    54 Tools to Help You Build Your Platform and Expand Your Influence

    54 Tools to Help You Build Your Platform and Expand Your Influence

    I often get asked what tools I use to build and grow a platform. Below are a few of the many resources I find helpful for authors, speakers, thought leaders, and anyone else trying to expand their influence online and off. Disclaimer: While many of the tools listed are free, some are paid resources using [...]

    Continue reading...

    16. July 2014

    1 Comment

    Seth Godin’s Surprising Definition of Marketing

    Seth Godin’s Surprising Definition of Marketing

    Most of us are marketers whether we realize it or not. For some it’s a profession, for others it’s simply ingrained in what you do, what you say and how you interact with others. A while ago I asked Seth Godin his thoughts about being often referred to as a “Marketing Expert.” In typical Seth [...]

    Continue reading...

    3. July 2014

    12 Comments

    Do Your Research First – Lessons from the National Speakers Association Platform Rebrand and Michael Hyatt

    Do Your Research First – Lessons from the National Speakers Association Platform Rebrand and Michael Hyatt

    Whenever you are looking to create something new… a logo, product, event or whatever… do your research first. Go to Google and search the name, the keyword, etc. of what you are looking to create. Check and see who is already doing it or who might be doing something similar. Then consider the implications of [...]

    Continue reading...
    Page 1 of 23123451020...Last »