Do you sometimes feel like Cinderella? Working hard, not getting any recognition and having to miss the ball? We are familiar with the end of the story: the Fairy Godmother swoops in, Cinderella goes to the ball and lives happily ever after with her prince.
The good news is you don’t need a Fairy Godmother to write your own Cinderella story.
This year it is Florida Gulf Coast University, which has only been in existence for 15 years and has only been a Division 1 team for 2 years. Before last weekend, nobody even knew about the school, much less expected them to beat a legendary basketball program like Georgetown.
Yet they did. And then they went on to win again to earn a spot in the Sweet Sixteen, the first time ever a number 15 seed has accomplished that.
Or perhaps it is the Cinderella story of Michelle Shaeffer, who was called a liar and told she would never succeed if she didn’t invest in some pricy coaching.
To get your own ticket to the ball and become the next Cinderella, you only need two things:
Believe In Yourself
You have to know in your heart that you can do it. You have to know that you can be of value that you can help your audience, your clients and that they need you. You have a unique voice. I truly believe that each of us has a unique blend of education and experiences that can benefit others.
Yet so many of us (especially women), don’t think that what we know is of value to other people. They think that others are more knowledgeable, have more experience, are better speakers or writers and so they keep their story to themselves.
Someone Who Believes In You
We all need someone who believes in us. Florida Gulf Coast University’s coach, Andy Enfield, believes in his team. Without him, his team would never have had the confidence to go out and beat Georgetown and San Diego State in the tournament. Or even my alma mater, the University of Miami in the first game of the season for that matter.
Find someone who believes in you. Someone who can encourage you, cheer you on and celebrate your successes. Someone who can kick your behind when you need it and challenge you to go on when you feel like giving up.
For some, it can be your spouse or a good friend. It can be an accountability partner. For most of us, like the Cinderellas in the basketball tournament, the best solution is to have a coach. I could not have made it to the Olympics without mine. Reaching my business goals without my coach would be almost impossible or would take me years longer.
Ready For Your Own Cinderella Story?
If you need someone to believe in you, to guide you through the maze of creating successful events and serving your audience at the highest level, I would be honored to be that person. I currently am looking for a few select clients that are ready to step into the spotlight and take the stage at their own event. If that intrigues you, let’s set up a time to talk about your event goals and how you could accomplish them.
Already living happily ever after? Share your Cinderella Story in the comments!