Mark here – with a personal story about NOT giving in.
It was at a family event a few years ago.
I hadn’t yet landed on my niche and my Mom & Dad could see me struggling.
They saw how talented I was – and with my background in branding for huge corporations (like Porsche and Marriott) – they came up and said it to me straight.
It hit me like a ton of bricks when my Dad said…
“Mark, we think it’s time you get a J.O.B”
Nothing is more painful than having a BIG vision for your message and work in the world – and it not yet manifesting.
To hear those words from people I love – lit my ass on fire.
There’s really nothing to “say” to that – because words aren’t what your family needs to hear.
It was a hard time for me.
Which is simply the journey of the Speaker.
Martin Luther King’s first speeches were not at the Lincoln Memorial.
Steve Jobs barely got a response in his first talk.
The journey of the Speaker is paved with obstacles and doubts.
It’s your mission as a Speaker to BELIEVE.
Believe in your greater gift.
Believe that your Tribe is waiting for you.
Believe that you’re here on earth to be a true agent of change.
No Speaker makes their Big Impact overnight.
But every Speaker who continues on their path, who continues to BELIEVE and take action – regardless of the outcome – slowly sees their Big Impact.
When I heard my parents say “It’s time to get a J.O.B” – that’s not what I listened to.
I simply heard, “It’s time to make a Big Impact” – and I continued to Speak.
No matter how small the audience, no matter how little I made – I believed in my Big Impact.
And Shannon and I believe in YOUR Big Impact.
Don’t give in to the voices who don’t see your vision.
Know that YOU’RE here to make a Big Impact.
Inspire the Tribe by commenting below:
“How do you respond when your family tells you to get a J.O.B?”
We believe in you,
Mark & Shannon
P.S. Now, one of the greatest joys I have is having my Mom & Dad be a part of Big Impact Live.
They come in from Alaska for every event and they LOVE being a part of the Tribe!