One of my favorite fashion quotes is:
“Always dress like you are going to see your worst enemy!”
Which basically means you should always be prepared.
Now I can think of two times where it really came true for me as a business owner.
I was invited to a networking event with a group I had never met before. I was greeted very warmly by the group and soon got to meet everyone in the room. Then, to my surprise, I was asked if I wanted to be interviewed on camera right then and there. My first thought was, “OMG, how do I look” and my second thought was, “am I ready?”
Only before I even had time to think, I was standing in front of the camera being interviewed. I was very fortunate to have a very lovely woman interview me and it all went along very well.
This was about a year after example #1. I was invited to join a couple of people to a studio in the Bronx for the taping of a show. It was summer, it was really hot. I remember I took a nap and woke up about ten minutes before I had to leave to meet my friend. I threw on my clothes and was out the door.
On the drive over I fixed my make-up so that I looked presentable, but I figured, I don’t know any one here, so I’m good. (I never have that attitude anymore!)
It turns out, I knew the host of the show. Long story short, I was asked to be interviewed on camera that night for the show! And just like in example #1, I had the same questions. Only this time, I really questioned myself as to whether I was really ready to do it, and I certainly didn’t feel I looked camera-ready!
Only the interviewer (Bianca) assured me I looked great and that all would go well and so I agreed. She was right, it did go well and I was happy with myself that I decided to do it.
So what did I learn from these two experiences?
That in order to grow, you have to get out of your comfort zone, as was this case with both of these examples. Otherwise, you will never know how much you can do.
Lesson #2, to look your best, always, because you never know when a golden opportunity might appear.
Twenty seconds of insane courage is what it took in both of these instances, and I’m so happy I had the courage.
And I hope that if you get an opportunity that scares the hell out of you, you jump on it, feet first!
Till next time,
All the best,