I sit here writing this after having to recover from a quick crying session. Why is a grown man sulking? My vulnerability is showing and it’s because I was able to witness true development with one of my employees.
Not every day does this happen to me, but when it does it means more to me than money ever will.
Growing up, I never felt like anyone ever wanted to invest in me. I don’t speak of money, but in terms of “time.” Time to promote self-growth and development.
My parents were great. Don’t get me wrong, but most of the things I have come to learn come from learning the hard way. Failing at most times. This happens coming from a blue-collar family living in poverty.
This nostalgic moment brings me back to the point…
These days, we love to blast on social media the good things we have and do in life.
We never talk about struggle, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, etc.
It’s only vacation times, partying, a quick snapchat of your friend’s parents house that is so big you had to let everyone know you were there. We are all guilty of it.
We love to blast the positives.
Being vulnerable in the workplace is not a bad thing and it can be super rewarding. For me (when I get to the surprise of this) it is the best thing in the world. I am going to blast this positive myself.
Someone recently asked me, “what makes you happy?”
The only true thing that came to my mind, was “making an impact in other people’s lives.”
I just don’t have the platform yet. I am not Gary Vee, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney or Grant Cardone.
At the moment, I am on a small scale, making an impact on people, one at a time.
And I am okay with that. I haven’t found a true way to monetize helping people. In the meantime, I can invest my time with the people around me by being more vulnerable, authentic, and help develop them.
As I reflect back to past businesses, I see the common theme of my business models, that provide value to people. Bottom Line: I want to be an inspiration to people and help motivate them. At one point in my life, I didn’t think I would have a chance and my life would soon cease to exist. That I would never have a chance in this world. As this blog focuses on failure, I changed my perspective and it changed my life.
So here is my letter I received today from one of my employees that recently resigned.
If this doesn’t make you feel some kind of way. Maybe you don’t have a heart? Or maybe this type of stuff doesn’t have an effect on you.
This comes from a girl that resigned from her first and only job. To make a move to bigger and better things. All it took was a push from me. To let her know that failure awaits her. The learning lessons from those failures would be far greater importance than the failures themselves.
Have you made an impact on someone lately? How did it make you feel? Did the tears of job faucet turn on?
I challenge you to invest in people. Be vulnerable and authentic with them. You never know what could happen. You may help create the next Walt Disney…
Currently Listening to “Crushing It” by Gary Vaynerchuk on Audible.
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