Ever watched SHARK TANK and thought, “I have a great idea and I am going to get on this show!” Me too! And I am going to get on this show! Well…at least I am going to try 🙂
This Saturday ABC’s SHARK TANK is hosting an Open Casting Call in Salisbury, MD and I have a 9:15am time slot scheduled to give my 1 minute pitch! When this opportunity first came to me my first response was, “Absolutely NOT! I am not ready for this. My business is not ready for this. I will try out next year when I am ‘more’ ready.” My mentor looked at me and said, “That doesn’t matter. Just do it. What’s the worst that could happen?” I thought, “I’ll tell you the worst that could happen! The worst that could happen is I don’t do this and there is no next year. Then what? I just wonder the rest of my life what might have happened?” I answered my own question.
You are NEVER ready for your next big opportunity. Let me repeat, NEVER! This morning I was listening to an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air with Louis CK and he spoke about this. He said that when he first started he really sucked. He said he was painfully bad. But he kept going. “I’ve seen guys who from day one are really comfortable up on stage and they usually have quick success and that’s it. It’s the guys who really suck at first but stick with it that really make it some day. They become something special and unique.” That’s my best paraphrasing of what Louis had to say on this radio this morning and I just love it.
Your next level is just a hair outside your comfort zone. Get out there! Stick your neck out. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Admit you don’t know it all. Admit you don’t have all the answers. Admit you have the courage to try and see what happens. You might even surprise yourself.
#DontBe Afraid to SUCK!