Last Friday I was one of many speakers at a Communication Conference at my Alma Mater. Having graduated less than two years ago from the school, it was wonderful to go back and visit with faculty and students.
In addition to being a presenter, I also had a chance to be an observer–a student again.
And I learned some really cool things from some excellent people.
There’s one lesson that I took away from the entire day of presentations as a whole that I want to share with the GDB community today.
As I attended a few different seminars, it was obvious that each presenter did one thing that really made them successful. They thought BIG!
Do you ever get caught up in the idea that you’re just one person (or one small team of designers)?
Sometimes I find myself wishing I could build something bigger, something more influential.
Often, I find myself wishing I could increase site traffic, build revenue more quickly, or find more clients on a regular basis.
Then I stop myself and essentially tell myself something that, until a few days ago I didn’t realize was holding me back: “But you’re just one person. You’re just one guy who runs a small blog. You don’t have the time or man-power to make something BIG happen.”
Have you ever found yourself thinking like that?
It’s an easy thing to fall into: complacency.
The easy path is to follow the status quo, stick to a routine and don’t disrupt the system.
But it won’t get you anywhere!
So stop selling yourself short. Think BIG.
Thinking big means something different for everyone. For some, thinking big is simply cutting the cords with your cubicle and finally taking the leap to freelance like you’ve always wanted to. (Remember though, there’s nothing wrong with a full-time job.)
For others, it could mean going for the really big clients–flying to New York and pitching their services to some seemingly-unattainable client.
And for others of you, thinking BIG could simply mean starting a blog, youtube channel, or podcast where you can work to reach and help hundreds of thousands or even millions of people.
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Maybe you’ve heard people say things like “time is the great equalizer.”
Big companies, more established bloggers, more experience freelancers–they all have more resources than you might right now.
But, just like you, they only have 24 hours in a day.
And it’s what they choose to do in those 24 hours that really makes a difference.
Are you spending your time thinking big and then reaching for the stars!?
I plan to “think big” more and follow the status quo less.
To think big, plan big!
Big thinkers also have to be big planners, though. So beware of big dreams that you’re not willing to put your blood, sweat, tears and brainpower behind.
I dare say this is one thing that has held me back in the past (but not anymore!):
I’ve been afraid of thinking big because I was afraid of the work I’d have to put behind it in order to reach my lofty goals.
That ends today.
Are you with me!?
If you’re tired of the same ol’ progress and moderate success, then join me TODAY and make the commitment to start thinking big(ger).
No matter where you are in your freelance career (or any other path you’re taking), decide today to push yourself and get more out of life.
If you’re on board, leave a comment on this post and then share this post out to as many people as you can via twitter, facebook, linkedin, email, etc. We’ll show the world that we have a voice and that we’re ready to THINK BIG!!
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