Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Who says it is about you?


I have been working quite a bit lately to build the business.  We are aligned with a RPA solution now, I have been writing my next book series “The Art of Ethical Influence” and launched a community transformation program called Transform Birmingham.  What I am excited about the most is the opportunity to work with people that I have known for 30 years.

To start the explanation, I started with a vision that consumed me a couple of years ago.  The market is shifting to individual knowledge products.  There are a ton of companies and well-known personalities that are creating blueprints for success.  The biggest issue in creating these products is the lack of content.  When I learned of the potential, I realized I had content.  Several books, articles, blog posts, speaking, etc.  I was sitting on a gold mine of content.  I immediately started doing what I normally do, I went after it in full force.  Entrepreneurs think that once content is created, then magically revenue appears.  I launched and sat back waiting for the revenue to flow in.
It didn’t meet my expectations.  I was discouraged and lost motivation.  I had been following a teaching through “Think and Grow Rich” of setting an intentional goal and repeating it to yourself every morning and night.  My mantra that I say is, “I am going to generate $X amount of revenue through the delivery of online informational products.”  I still say that mantra.

I was working an event where I was blessed to be the Executive Producer of the 30 Year Reunion of the All New Mickey Mouse Club.  As I sat there and worked with people that I have known and admired for 30 years, a thought came into my head.  My sub-conscious delivered a lingering question about my mantra.  The question said, “Who says it has to be YOUR products?”  What I didn’t realize in my discouragement is that I had learned key skills in developing, publishing, and setting up the online content.  Skills that could be valuable to bring other dreams to life. 

My mantra and dream remain the same.  The focus is answering the question, “How can I serve others in this space?”  One of my favorite quotes from John Maxwell says “You can be successful by yourself, but you can’t achieve significance without a team.  Once you taste significance, success will never satisfy.”  My journey over the last few years has shifted from a me mentality to a we mentality.  It is far more satisfying making your dream come true by ensuring others attain theirs.  Stay tuned as announcements and events are following, however, it’s not about me.

No Day But Today,

Rick

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