I spoke at a local Toastmasters Conference several years ago and had a tremendous time! My discussion focused on the basics of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and how to use the social website “Meetup” to attract guests to local club meetings.
When my presentation was over, I continued to chat with several attendees. A couple of people took particular interest in what I was doing online with social media to build my brand. I recall comments like,
- “You obviously don’t have kids. How could you do all this other stuff and work full-time?”
- “What kind of day job do you have?”
- “How much time do you spend on social media per day?”
I heard the phrase “are you grinding it out” once and it inspired this post!
- was never a superstar at any sport as a kid, but what they lacked in talent, they more than made up for in heart and desire
- had trouble maintaining their “A” and “B” grades from high school in university, even failing one course!
- had several jobs over a few year period, struggling to find the right fit
- while firmly established in their career, and was let go from jobs on two different occasions
- was inspired one day, to pick up a pen and started to write
- finally took a leap of faith after many months and started a blog
- dove deep in to their profession and researched heavily in the internet marketing space
- started to connect with incredible people online via social media one by one, day by day. They kept moving forward using the mantra “A Little Bit Every Day” (thanks Jeb Blount!)
- struggled with the demands of a day job, a busy family life and extra curricular activities; but still often made time to write and develop their network
- like most people, has good days and bad days, but refuses to give up; keeps moving forward and constantly reminds themselves how close they are to their goals
I saw this picture at a school I was attending a Toastmasters meeting at. I just LOVED it 🙂