How To Tap Into Your Greatness
Do you know who you are supposed to be but have a hard time transitioning into the person you were destined to become?
If you answered yes to this question, you are not alone.
When I was younger, I too had this burning desire to become much more than I already was. I knew who I wanted to be and what I wanted my life to be like but I was unable to attain it… so I thought.
I knew that I wanted to work for myself. I didn’t like having a boss at all. The downside is that I couldn’t hold a job for very long because I found myself not appreciating the leadership. It is not that I can’t respect a leader, it is just that I am a natural leader myself and so I had the tendency butt heads with certain types of leadership. I am also analytical and question everything, including authority.
I needed to find out how to harness the greatness that was inside of me so I set out to do exactly that. What I found is that, as humans, we tend to build barriers in our mind that hold us back. See, I worked in the cycling industry where I did graphic design and marketing for other brands. I also had a cycling blog called Heavy Pedal and we would design and sell some shirts for the site. While at work for my day job, I would see the import and export of goods being sold. Being the entrepreneur that I am, I wanted to know more about import and export; however, before I even looked into it I told myself that there must be high fees of importing, you must have to attain a license to import, and the cost of that license must be very expensive.
In all honesty, this was true and it was also not true.
It was true because I built the barrier in my mind that made it true. What made it become not true was the moment I decided that I was going to break that barrier in my mind and research all that I could find about importing and exporting. What I found was astonishing. The reality was there are very low fees associated to importing and they are based on a percentage of the cost of goods that you are importing. You do not have to have any licensing to import products. Since there is no license needed to import goods, you can count out the fee of an importing license.
Boom! I tapped into that greatness. I broke a barrier in my mind, silenced my inner critic, and excelled. I can not tell you how great that feeling is when you have a breakthrough. Today, I have grown the company beyond just shirts which includes importing large quantities of goods 4-6 times per year and I am making multiple 6-figures doing it. This is just with one of my companies, Heavy Pedal.
I also currently own and operate a web design and online marketing company called Brand Overture. However, there is a humble beginning to this story as well. My cycling apparel business, Heavy Pedal, once fell on hard times as a competitor with more capital tried to sue us in order to halt our progress. They stopped our momentum slightly but instead of letting it affect the business, I hit the job market. Having successfully launched Heavy Pedal, I know how to build websites and market a company. I put my resume out the first week when we received a Cease and Desist from the competitor and landed a job doing web design and marketing for a refurbished handheld computer company. I proved my worth at this company while learning more about marketing. I knew Business-2-Consumer but this was Business-2-Business. Thus, I got paid to work and learn. That was a great feeling and another personal breakthrough. Once Heavy Pedal prevailed from the lawsuit, I decided that I enjoyed doing web design and marketing work which is how I started Brand Overture, my web design and marketing company.
Can you guess who my first client was?
You’re right. I flew the coop at the handheld computer company, but not before lobbying to take them on as a client. The owner, being an entrepreneur himself, respected my decision to leave and appreciated the idea that we could continue working together but in a different capacity.
Was it as easy as I make it sound? In short, no.
I was worried about leaving the company and having stability, worried that they would not let me take them on as a client, and worried if Heavy Pedal was in a position yet to provide me with a salary. I filled myself with worry and doubt. I knew what I needed to do deep down inside and I was afraid to do it. This was my internal critic stopping me from tapping into my greatness. No sooner than the moment that I decided this is what I needed to do, everything fell into place.
If you want to tap into your greatness, you can do so today by thinking of something that you know you need to do deep down inside. Think of something that you build walls for in your mind and decide today that you are going to build a bridge to it. Make the decision today that you are going to follow a desire of yours and take the first step to making it happen. Whether that first step is research, initiative, or action— make it happen. You will tap into your greatness and you will start today!