I’m reading a book called “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi right now. My friend, who is also my director in Scentsy, recommended this book to our team so I’m checking it out. So far it’s pretty good. I’m not that far into it but today I got to chapter 5 and this quote just jumped off the page at me!
Mustering the audacity to talk with people who don’t know me often simply comes down to balancing the fear I have of embarrassment against the fear of failure and it’s repercussions. …I either ask or I’m not successful. That fear always overrides my anxiety about rejection or being embarrassed. Ultimately, everyone has to ask himself or herself how they’re going to fail. We all do, you know, so let’s get that out of the way. The choice isn’t between success and failure; it’s between choosing risk and striving for greatness, or risking nothing and being certain of mediocrity.
I love this! We let fear hold us back sometimes but not being successful is far worse than someone telling us no! I know when I first started my business, asking people to host, to buy, or even join was so hard! As I’ve learned and as I’ve grown over the last two and a half years since I started my business, I’ve grown much more comfortable with this – in fact, rarely is it hard for me to ask someone something or bring up my business anymore. There is the rare occasion where it’s a little more uncomfortable or awkward because of the person or the situation but this quote is perfect for that – do I care more about what might be awkward for a few seconds, or do I care about being successful and learning to take the bad with the good?
I’m all about being successful! I’ve managed to promote four times and have made it to the fifth level in this company; I’ve earned an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii; my income is growing each year; and I have met countless amazing people who have not only become customers, hosts, and team members, but friends! I count that a success and none of it would have happened if I hadn’t stepped out of my comfort zone and started with a question. 🙂