Ok not really; especially on the post directly after talking about the power of words to build us up.
The results came in and the winner was not me…or the guy I thought should have won…or any of the other speeches/speakers that I really liked. But I also was not the judge nor was I offering a scholarship so needless to say it wasn’t my call.
It is very hard to get better with victory. Sports illustrates this so well in that there are so few professional teams that repeat and win championships in consecutive years. It is through loss and defeat that teams get better, grow, and ultimately learn how to win. It is a process that has been repeated in sports, business, love, and politics. So I’ll take my setback and build from it, but what did I learn?
I’m still pretty good
i am far, far from being good-good, but I’ve still got some talent when the lights are turned on. I’m seriously not polished and that’s ok, because I haven’t been working on it in years, but with limited time I put something together that resonated with people. Ultimately speakers have to do just that, we will always be hyper critical of each other and ourselves, but when your 9th grade history teacher hears it and likes it, you know you’ve done something right.
I can reach people
Three minutes is an impossibly short amount of time to craft a message. Eight days to create said message is also incredibly short. I wish I could publish some of the things that were sent to me privately about the speech. You can see the response on my Facebook wall. It is a very small sample size and most of the people who viewed it know me and care about me, but they were not required to give input. The best part is the people who don’t already love me, that found a way to reach out to me and say a kind word.
I’ve got to be my number one fan
I have a ton of people who love me and support me. It is impossible to succeed at anything without support. But I’m not going to be able to convince people who don’t love me to love me until I love me…the most. I’ve never lacked in confidence, but conviction and belief are a different part of the equation. The fan line has to begin directly behind me.
I’ve got to keep at it, it is an art. Writing blog posts, writing short speeches, and writing bigger things. I’ve got to use the inspiration in my mind and put it out there. As a 1b to this, I’ve got to produce stuff and put it on social media. People that don’t love me aren’t going to find me if I just sit in my living room talking to myself.
Find a mentor
This is old business logic. Find someone who is further along than you and learn from them. If I actually want to do something with this little bit of skill I have, I’m going to have to have someone directly help me. There are no shortcuts to the top.
I’ve got a ton of ideas. Some are motivational, some are about fitness and weight loss, some are directional, and some are just fun. I really don’t know what to do next…but I’ll do something; I promise.
Ps…Here’s the winner