People ask me all the time, “how do you get into public speaking?”
There are lots of different answers and many necessary steps but there is one simple one you cannot overlook.
If you want to teach people about greatness, then you yourself have to have done something great.
You have to earn the right to talk to people.
You have to prove that you aren’t just a student but that you also are a practitioner.
You cannot lead a mediocre life and expect anyone to want to learn from you.
Your opportunity to influence and lead others is always a direct byproduct of your ability to create greatness in your own life and in the lives of the people around you.
So it doesn’t matter if you think it’s your purpose.
It doesn’t matter if you think it’s your passion.
None of that matters if you haven’t pushed yourself to some extreme level of performance. Because then all you are is an educated derelict.
You could be someone who knows a lot but you’ve done nothing. Which actually means you know nothing.
That’s not who you want to be and that’s not who the world rewards.
The world rewards those who work.
The world rewards those who overcome.
The world rewards those who have done something that proves to the rest of us that we are capable of more ourselves.
So don’t tell me you want to speak and teach and “impact people” and then go out and look for the easiest route, listen to all the naysayers, make weak excuses, and do all the things that are comfortable.
If you want to teach people about greatness, you yourself have to have done something great.
So if you want a chance to speak – at least to me – then go out in your industry or business or area of study and do something great.
Do something impossible.
Do something extraordinary.
Do something that shows me as a fellow human that I’m capable of more than I thought.
Do something that makes me believe that if you can do it then I can do it.
Do that, and I will be the first to sign up and sit in your class at your feet to have a chance to learn from you…
And so will everyone else.
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