58 Days And Counting… Say No To Others and Yes To You! Business Ventures
Only 58 days left until my book, Blast Off! The Surefire Success Plan To Launch Your Dreams Into Reality is launched to Amazon and all major bookstores in the US. This has been a long journey, and I have learned so much. People ask me if I am excited and I say, “Yes, I cannot wait.” They don’t really know the depth of that “yes”. Let me make it more clear. It is like being pregnant and waiting two years to have your baby. So, YES, I AM EXCITED AND SO READY!!!
In most of my business ventures, including writing this book, I have come up against opposition. Opposition in the form of, ” You are not going to really do that are you? Who do you think you are to start that business? It is going to be really hard to stay in business in this economy. Are you sure you want to do that? You don’t have time to write a book. There are already so many self-help books out there. Aren’t you concerned about that?
Honestly, those comments do not phase me one bit. I am used to it. When I first left my advertising/public relations firm 15 years ago that I built from the ground up to become a homeopathic physician, I received fireworks from all fronts. Why? Because, when you make changes, take risks, or veer off the common path, you will ignite the fear in others. Your risk scares them. And instead of being more sincere and saying,”Wow, I could not do that”, they will tell you why YOU cannot do that.
One of my favorite passions is coaching others to become entrepreneurs. The process is exhilarating to see someone move from feeling directionless and flat, to purposeful, having fun, feeling fulfilled and stimulated with life. They are finally living their dream. I expect that during this process, at least one family member, friend or work colleague will tell them all the reasons that they should not start a business. This is where so many people get stuck and quit. They allow their friends and family to dictate their life choices. They allow this outside judgment to seep into their own self-doubt, and then they begin to give up on themselves.
I coach my clients so they are ready to handle the line of fire. My words of advice, ” If you have a dream, put your head down and keep walking toward it every single day. Do not allow anyone to tell you it cannot be done. Only open up to those that you know will be supportive.” This requires a lot of saying “NO” to others and saying “YES” to yourself, your visions, goals, and desires. Then mix in a lot of courage, stubbornness, and faith and you are on your way.
Go ahead. I know you can do it!
I invite you to comment on my blog. I would love to hear your input.
NOTE: My book has been published since i originally wrote this post. You can read more about it here: Blast Off! The Surefire Success Plan To Launch Your Dreams Into Reality.
Allison Maslan, CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, is the Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author of Scale or Fail, which is endorsed by Daymond John and Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank. Allison’s built 10 successful companies starting out at age 19.
Now she and her team of CEO Mentors pay it forward by helping business owners scale their companies, fast-track their success, and create a more meaningful life. Pinnacle Global Network, a world leader in scaling companies and empowering business leaders has guided thousands of CEO's and Founders to success over the past decade. Allison’s been featured in Inc., Success, Fortune, Fast Company, and Forbes Magazines, is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine, and a featured expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and Fox across the US. She is also the host and producer of The Scale or Fail Show podcast, and the Women Who Own it Podcast in partnership with WBENC, the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in North America.
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