Over the summer I was asked to do something I could not do. Someone told me to find a successful person that I consider a role model and interview them. I was happy to do this.
So I started trying to think of one person I knew personally and that I considered successful. Someone who could possibly be a mentor. I couldn’t think of any. So I decided to try to think of someone I thought was CLOSE to being successful, or at least a lot closer than I was. I searched a group of coaches and found one girl that appeared to be successful, and we had even spoken before when I was the only person that had shown up for one of her live trainings. I had given her helpful feedback and the call was enjoyable. So I sent her a message asking if she would have 10 or 15 minutes to speak with me.
And she said no. Well, actually she just said she didn’t have time for a phone call but I could send her a list of questions to answer. My gut told me not to do it. Something wasn’t right, maybe she didn’t remember me or it wasn’t worthwhile even though I had offered to pay. I moved on.
So a week passed, and I still couldn’t think on one single person I knew that had done what I wanted to do. I was somewhat shocked. I know teachers, I know firefighters, I know journalists, I know nurses. Working a normal blue collar or white collar job is not my goal though. And those are the only people I knew. Middle class, normal working Americans. They are all awesome people. But none of them are entrepreneurs. None of them run their own business. None of them travel full time or go to conferences or work in marketing or even sales. None of them are full time in network marketing.
I knew something was wrong. I needed coaches, mentors, a support system, and I had none. I wanted to build a customer and coach team and don’t know anyone personally that has. I want to travel full time and support myself with an online business and I don’t have a single friend that does. I want to do he hardest thing I have ever done and I don’t know one other person that’s been through it already.
So I started searching. I was in some coach groups and I started asking around and volunteering to participate. I started meeting other coaches in the trenches like me. I went to Coach Summit. I hired a business coach. I started recruiting people to work with me that I would enjoy being around. And it started to come together. I still think I am lacking in experienced and successful mentors that would be considered to have “made it”, but I have surrounded myself with intelligent, educated, entrepreneurs.
The rest will come. So when I find that successful person that I want to interview what will I ask them?
- What was the hardest part of your journey to become self sufficient?
- What small daily actions ended up being the most important for your success?
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6