How Do I Grow My Business

Girish Last night, I played bass in Girish‘s band, the band my girlfriend, Jacqueline plays in quite often as a singer. There were really two tricky parts of doing this, though.

1) I don’t play bass.
2) I’m not a great musician.

I played passably well most of the event. No one booed. No one kicked me offstage. In fact, they danced and swayed to our music. Afterwards, I got a few polite hellos and Jacq got her typical flood of women hugging her with tears in their eyes, and Girish (who’s the one everyone comes to see) has a line a mile long to hug him and talk and buy his CDs.

To me? Mission accomplished.

Exercise Your Bravery Muscles

I’m not afraid to go onstage in front of thousands of people and keynote an event. I’ve done it plenty of times (approaching 1000 speeches, if I’m counting right). That doesn’t require bravery for me. Being a musician does, because as much as I practice, I have decades of experience that suggests that I like to play music but I’m not a musician in the way that Jacq or Girish are. So, it tweaks my fear and challenge responses to say, “Well, yes! I can play bass for you!”

In creating the course Brave New Year, I had one goal: help people realize that they are the superhero they’ve been waiting for. It’s been quite successful in that regard, and we share success stories quite often in our private community group of bravery big and small. That’s what made me realize that I had to work on my own bravery even more. Because everyone’s sharing so many great experiences, and we all have to remember that challenging ourself is the only way to build on that strength.

That Challenge Empowers Other Moves

And so, then I move that same sense of personal bravery into my business work. I realize that I’ve got to take some leaps if I want to grow. And because I was successful in that area of my life (playing live in front of people), I know that I’ll be able to dare to grow my business in other ways. This is how I’ll succeed. It’s how the almost-200 people in Brave New Year are tackling their challenges and forging their success. And maybe it’s for you, too.

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