Sometimes the choices in front of us are crystal clear. And other times, they’re as clear as mud.
For those of you who have been around for a while, you know the launch of the Millennials Mentor has been a journey. It started in 2011, when I wasn’t happy with the work I was doing.
I knew it was time for change.
After an exhaustive 2 years of self-reflection, peer and client feedback, and market research it became crystal clear that I wanted my work to focus on leadership training, and more specifically, the training of Millennial professionals.
And thus The Millennials Mentor was born.
Let’s get real, this didn’t happen overnight. It was a rigorous process that included developing an entirely new brand, website, client services, and marketing strategy. Very muddy territory.
And its not entirely over.
I still think there is room to fine tune and adjust what I have been doing so that more and more Millennials are able to access what they need to be confident and competent leaders.
So I am really excited that I have been selected to share my business at 1 Million Cups this week, Wednesday, August 26th at 9 am MDT. What is 1 Million Cups? 1 Million Cups is a national platform that gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to “present to their communities and learn how their community can help support their business to flourish.”
My presentation will focus on the huge pivot I made to develop The Millennials Mentor, and I hope to find out if I’m still headed in the right direction. And I’m scared!
I said it. I’m scared.
What if they think I’m totally off course?
What if no one has any questions or feedback?
There are a lot of “what if’s” but I’m going for it. Sometimes those things that help us grow can be scary and painful.
Asking others for feedback requires vulnerability and humility. It also requires:
• An open mind
• A grateful heart
• Critical thinking
In spite of my fears, I know I have to have the right frame of mind when I get feedback. Being defensive or over protective of the work I’ve done so far won’t help, and I want to be better.
And I can’t do what I’m doing better if I’m unable to accept and respond to feedback.
Knowing if you are doing the right thing often requires input from others. And if you aren’t open to it you may never find the answer you are looking for.
I’m proud of what I’ve built so far and I know it can be better. I don’t have all the answers (despite my best efforts) so I’m open to this process.