“Take the time to know what it is you want. In order to choose well, we have to know our true desires. Many of us have been so busy attending to others that we haven’t allowed ourselves the quiet to attend to our own inner stirrings.” John Steinau Lester
One of my friends started her speaking career at about the same time as I did. About three years into it, she was done. She told me, “All I want is a corporate job with a large salary, bonus, 401K, company car, benefits, etc.” As I listened to her, I thought, “Ew, why would anyone want THAT?” The feeling was so visceral that I knew at that moment that I would never have a traditional career again.
According to my friend, Mark LeBlanc, the speaking business is one of the easiest careers to get into and one of the hardest careers to stay in. It takes more time, commitment and money than I ever thought possible – and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Think about your current career. Can you imagine yourself doing something else or are you doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing? If it’s the former, write down all the things that you would create if you could wave a magic wand and receive them. Then figure out what you need to do to check off one thing. Then another. Then another. Before you know it, you’ll end up doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. Go for it!