Fame attracts money. This was a quote from my coach and mentor, Ann Evanston, from one of our training calls. She went on to explain that fame and being famous wrapped around visibility. The light bulb went on for me.
If you know my story, then you know that I was someone who hid behind the curtain and did not take credit for the work I had done. It was always my client, my general, my co-worker, or my team. who should get the credit for the work that was done especially if it was outrageously successful. I was also the one who took the blame if the project or work went south. Truly, I hid my leadership and my talent under a basket.
When I think about that I think of a garden. If I planted a beautiful flowering bush like a hydrangea and then put a basket or barrel over it, what to you think the result would be? Would it grow and flourish with those absolutely gorgeous blossoms or would it wither and die because it had no sunlight and no nourishment? I was not taking my work out into the sunshine. My business was withering and dying with no one knowing it even existed. That is not what I wanted. I wanted a practice that flourished with heart-based clients eager to be groomed and mentored in leadership.
So where do I begin? When I signed up with Ann, I told her the following:
- I don’t have a website.
- I don’t do blogs.
- I don’t do radio and TV, much less telesummits, teleseminars or podcasts.
- I won’t write a book.
- I definitely don’t do social media!
I had a huge vision which I have talked about in my blogs. Yet, if I am not visible, this vision will not happen. I needed to be massively visible. I had to update my vision of me as a leadership expert. Part 2 of this blog will give you some of the ways I have begun to be more visible and the goals for 2016. Stay tuned.
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Linda Patten, MBA, BSN, RN has over 30 years of experience leading women to success in building and achieving their dreams. She turns networking marketing women from product sellers to leaders of highly functioning teams. To learn more about her innovative programs, click on Contact Us.