Let me start this by giving you a little background. I have never been into podcasts. I tend to get lost in whatever they are talking about with random thoughts and miss some important parts of the message. I explored some into self-help books, however, I didn’t like the feeling I got from “needing help.” I had a hard time agreeing to listen or read to something because everyone else is doing it. I have always been an independent person, not wanting or feeling like I need help. Yes, from time to time, I would ask for help. I hate to admit it, it was never as much as I should have. This is very ironic because my former players will tell you I always told them they should always ask for help because it would never hurt if they did. I give the same advice to my friends and coworkers. I was the classic example of “Do as I say, not as I do.” Then I started to get older.
When I got out of college coaching, I was similar to a professional athlete who had retired and was finding a new life for themselves. I just didn’t have the disposable savings they do. I had no idea what I was going to do. I decided traveling was a great start. That meant I needed a way to pay for the travel. Thankfully I found a company that allowed me to work from anywhere there was internet and I became a health coach. And then the big dream came true. I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro. I had no idea what this climb was going to do for me. In my talk to athletes, “It’s not about coming in first. It’s about winning,” I give the examples of how many times I wanted to do things myself and not ask for help. And this hurt me. Once one of my CEO’s of the trip decided to take it upon himself, as a good leader does often, to help me out, my hike became easier. Once I decided to get out of my own way and ask for help when needed, the hike got even easier! Crazy huh?
After learning the lessons I did on that mountain, I decided I wanted to share them, especially with athletes. This meant starting a career that I knew nothing about, what it takes to become a motivational speaker. I knew that in order to be successful I needed to ask for help. I needed to ask those who were experts in this field or the field of entrepreneurship what they had done to get started. So I did. I reached out to a few people to help guide me in the right direction. Fast forward a few months and I found myself at the RISE Business conference in Charleston, SC. This conference was being put on by The Hollis Co. which is owned by Rachel Hollis, author of Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing and has a podcast called RISE. Remember when I said I wasn’t into podcasts or self-help books? Good thing I got out of my own head and started reading and listening. Reading those books led me to listening to her podcasts. I never once had to rewind her podcast from getting lost in la-la land. That podcast led me to the best business conference I have been to in a while.
There are so many great books and podcasts out there to help you at any point in your life. Whether you are starting a new business or career like me, or you are struggling with self-confidence or self-doubt. There is something out there for EVERYONE!! You can start with the ones I suggested above, send me an email at email@example.com for more suggestions or simply do what the easiest thing to do when searching for a new book or podcast…ask someone!! And there is always Google! :) It is time to rise up to becoming a better you. It is time to ask for help. It is time to become the best you possible!