I recently read this blog by Seth Godin and it really resonated with me.. So I wanted to share why..
When I got kicked out of home at 16, I was told that “I wouldn’t get anywhere in life with my attitude”.
When I collected my rubbish GCSE results from school and went and did a Youth Training Scheme at an equestrian centre in Milton Keynes rather than attending college, I was told that “I was a disappointment and heading for failure, I wouldn’t amount to anything”.
When I started a Finance degree with no A-levels and absolutely no talent for maths, I was told I would struggle to keep up… I got the third highest mark on the course and came away with a 2:1 with honours.
When I started giving financial advice as a young woman, I was told that I wouldn’t be taken seriously. So, I went and got more qualified than all of my male colleagues and produced more business than them.
When I quit my employed job and started a business immediately after finishing gruelling cancer treatment with no money, no clients and no brand, people told me that I was mad and that it would never work… I am still here and the doors that I have been knocking on are starting to open.
I have written and published a book to help women facing divorce to understand the finances.
People don’t believe that I will create a game changing business that will leave a legacy but I know that I will and I won’t stop until I have achieved my goals.
You see, I haven’t had any privileges, I certainly don’t have any special talents and I don’t know anything that you don’t.
Afraid? Boy have I been afraid, I have felt that feeling of pure terror and dread, I have created those catastrophe stories in my head and I have lost more than you could imagine along the way, but…
What I do have is passion, hope and belief in what I am doing. I want to create a business and a legacy that truly makes a difference to people’s lives. I have trained myself to be resilient and to not let fear rule me. I take each set back as a learning experience, I ask myself what I need to learn from this rather than being bitter about it. I dig deep, pick myself up and keep moving forward.
So yes, I am afraid, of many things, every day, but I keep taking steps forward no matter how small they are and each of those steps adds up to big changes.
I will leave you with Seth’s blog.
The first lie…
is that you’re going to need far more talent than you were born with.
The second lie is that the people who are leading in the new connection economy got there because they have something you don’t.
The third lie is that you have to be chosen.
The fourth lie is that we’re not afraid.
Afraid to lead, to make a ruckus, to convene. Afraid to be vulnerable, to be called out, to be seen as a fraud.
The connection economy isn’t based on steel or rails or buildings. It’s built on trust and hope and passion.
The future belongs to those that care and those that believe.