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WHY #9: Why Revolutionary Change?


Steve Jobs once said, ” “I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I’ve done that sort of thing in my life, but I’ve always been attracted to more revolutionary changes.

I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed.”

I have had that experience of feeling complete failure, but somehow, some way, I did, pull myself back on track and try again. Has it made me rich like Steve Jobs? No. But, I do take solace in the fact that I have never, ever, not once, given up and that big success is just around the corner. For now, steady, ongoing success is working for me.

So, don’t give up on a revolutionary change of your own. For those who know me, they know I absolutely love mentoring young professionals. Just the other day I received a request from a young woman I’ll call Beth to protect her identity. Beth impressed me from the start with her confident yet open attitude about learning about publishing and online marketing.

In my Networlding process I help people practice “opening up possibilities.” So, I shared with Beth that one of the most important things I have learned through the years is to explore the adage, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” For example, Beth knows that she wants a new jo

b, maybe even a new career, but she didn’t think of options such as part-time work that might make her more than she is currently making full time or starting her own business in a location where her skills and experience would be in high demand.

So where do you find these options out? How do you make revolutionary change? You go to your network. But what if your network is not the right network for the change you want to make? You seek out new people, just as Beth sought me out.

She challenged herself to seek out people who: 1) knew more than she does right now about a number of career options, 2) are open to mentoring such as I am and 3) knows about options she didn’t even know existed.

Once you challenge yourself to explore those things you might not know are out there by reaching out to new people who would be open to help you, you’re in a position to grab brass rings and create revolutionary opportunities. How do you do this?

Beth reached out to me on LinkedIn and emailed me through InMail. I checked out her profile and request and felt she was very

worthy of free mentoring. I was excited to help. So what is possible now? Stay tuned. I think Beth has many options and only time will tell which ones she will grow into substantial stepping stones. One thing I do know, however, is that Beth took a great, brave step and I look forward to helping her succeed. That’s how revolutionary opportunities happen–through revolutionary connections. Go out and find some!

Melissa G Wilson

Melissa has been a leader in the book writing, publishing and marketing arena for the past two decades. To date, she has helped more than 100 thought leaders write, publish and market their books. Her clients include executives such as Dan Weinfurter a seven-time Inc 500 winner and Orlando Ashford, President of Holland Cruise Lines.

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