I started blogging without focusing on what was important to me. I started marketing without relating it to my true passion. I quit my job, without thinking about the future.
I had no idea that what I was doing would make a huge dent in the Universe. My Universe. And, everything was connected.
I stopped everything I was doing. I was a solopreneur. But, I stopped and I started following the law of attraction:
- Relax my mind
- Be sure I know what I want
- Make my request
- Write my wish down
- Feel it
- Show gratitude
- Trust the universe
I started relaxing. I started thinking. I wanted to be sure that I discovered my true passion. I understand what drives me. I made a choice, and I started journaling. I wrote stories, adding myself in various situations and adding what I wanted as part of the stories. I could feel what life would be like, when I ended up doing what I was suppose to be doing. Now, that I’m about to get there, I trust the Universe and the people next to me, and I am showing gratitude. I know that I’ll eventually get there.
What it takes to build influence
I am working harder than ever. I am more passionate than ever. And, doing what I do, I have discovered that there are at least three ways to build influence.
I haven’t been great at making connections. I remember when I wrote about how I watched Gary Vaynerchuk and Chris Brogan at a conference in Norway. I watched them, I listened to them speak, that was all I did. They were both just a few feet away from me. I could have talked to them, I could have been friends with them both – but I didn’t. I’m still not great. But, what I know now, is that if I want to build influence, I need to make connections.
I started blogging without focusing on relationships. I started blogging without paying attention to people. I know now, that every success story is really a story of community. I should have started supporting people, and finding people that believed in me and my success. If we build a tribe, we’re at the same time building influence.
We do build some influence by making connections and finding patrons, but in the end, the only way we’ll be sure to make a great impact and build influence in the long run, is to create great stuff. I believe that building relationships are the most important part of marketing, but without creating great stuff, we’ll never build true influence.
To build influence, online and offline, we need to make connections, find patrons and create great stuff. That’s it.