I’m excited to announce that on Saturday, I will have the opportunity to interview some great minds in business. I will be spending the day with Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, and Malcolm Gladwell, a gentleman that I was introduced to 10 years ago. I truly appreciate Malcolm Gladwell’s books, like The Tipping Point, Outliers (a personal favorite), and others. His work has been inspirational to me, and I have gone on to build my own career on many of these principles. I will be interacting with key influencers from Forbes magazine and the Huffington Post.
What I want us to unravel today has little to do with these great speakers, but has everything to do with why, and how, a guy like me is going to have the opportunity like this.
Let me take you back just a few days to an opportunity that will forever change my life. I recently attended a conference called Storyline hosted by Donald Miller. This conference was phenomenal. One thing that stood out to me was a gentleman by the name of Jia Jiang who writes a blog called Fear Buster and specifically a section called 100 Days of Rejection Therapy. http://www.fearbuster.com/100-days-of-rejection-therapy/ After listening to him speak, I walked away with a very clear message: it never hurts to ask. Upon returning from the conference I was invited to the Orange County Business Summit. I had every intention of attending, listening, and learning. After reading the promo site I scrolled to the bottom of the page where I saw an option for media credentials. It was a simple offering for bloggers, and media members in the community to attend with access to the speakers. If interested the individual only need submit a form. Just a few weeks ago I would have seen that and moved on. I would have admitted the humble nature of my blog. I would have acknowledged that I was a growing consulting firm, but was nowhere near the upper echelon, and would have moved right along. However, something changed.
I realized that it is not rejection that prevents us from achieving greatness, simply the fear of rejection. So, I did the only thing I could do, I asked for a media pass.
And to my surprise the answer I received was yes. This very question followed by this very answer has changed my small business. It has created a momentum that is truly out of this world.
To conquer the chaos of the business world, the writer’s world, and your world is to conquer the fear of rejection.
To do this, Just ASK!