When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher, Mrs. Roland, grabbed me by the arm and said, “Come with me.”
We marched to the principal’s office. The one minute it took to get there seemed like an hour. The whole time I just knew that I was in trouble. After all, I’d spent much of my youth either in detention or being punished in some way for something I’d done in school.
As we walked into the principal’s office, something remarkable happened…
Instead of what I expected, Mrs. Roland asked the principal for permission to put me into Honors English.
The principal agreed and I began a new chapter in my life. Literally, everything changed that day.
I began to take school seriously. I began to study more. I began to respect my teachers. I began to believe in myself, my teachers, and believe that the world wasn’t as against me as I once thought.
Influence isn’t something that you can measure with numbers.
I used to care about things like my Klout score, my Twitter followers, and my blog subscribers. One day twenty people would sign-up, the next day only three. And I’d wonder, “What did I do wrong on the three-subscriber day?”
But a funny thing often happened on those days. Those were the days when I got emails and comments that said:
Your post today changed my life.
I now have the courage to talk to my boss.
I will be a better father today.
When I get to work, I’m going to finally have that talk I’ve needed to have with one of my team members.
Thank you for being there and sharing your life with your friends/fans/followers!
“Your best is yet to come.”
You’ve certainly heard that before. Perhaps, like me, you’ve rolled your eyes at it when a well-meaning parent or friend said it.
“There’s no way I’ll ever accomplish more than I have.”
“I’ll never build my business bigger than it was before the collapse.”
“This is the best job I’ll ever have.”
Have you ever said things like that to yourself?
You hold yourself back when you say things like that. Typically for one of three reasons.
The Three Reasons Your Best Won’t Come
1. You believe the lies.
You allow the lies to tell you that this is as good as it gets.
When you start to achieve any level of success, others who have never done so will flock to tell you how lucky you are. They will use subtle and not-so-subtle ways to convince you that your best has arrived.