This morning, as I prepared for an upcoming meeting with a group of women from my networking group, I found myself thinking back...
Only four short years ago I was looking for a networking group to join that would give me an opportunity to connect with like-minded women entrepreneurs.
I wasn't interested in selling a product or trying to get new clients as much as I was interested in meeting women who understood that growing our entrepreneurial business is about integral connections.
I was amazed that I could not find such a group, so, I decided to start one. I wanted the meeting to be free of charge because I felt called to "pay it forward" for all of the blessings that were happening in my life and business. I did all of the preparation; finding an ideal location, promoting the group, preparing the agenda and so on.
The day of my first meeting finally arrived and I was eager to see who would show up and if my ideas would be well received. I arrived early to the meeting place, set up for the meeting and sat down to wait for my guests to arrive. A half hour went by and then 45 minutes and finally it was time to admit to myself that no one was going to show.
The next week, I arrived to my meeting location, set everything up and sat down to wait for my guests. 15 minutes after the start time, there were still no guests. As I was driving home from that meeting, many thoughts were running through my head but the main thought that I kept thinking was, "when my success level gets to a point where people are paying me thousands of dollars to speak or be one of my coaching clients, all of these women who didn't show up are going to be very disappointed that they didn't attend my event when it was FREE!"
On my drive home, I was thinking about a lot of things, but never did I think about giving up. I knew that if I was looking for the kind of group that I wanted to attend, that there had to be other woman out there who was also looking for the same kind of opportunity. When I got home, I immediately started promoting my group in a different way and by the third week, I had 26 women show up to my meeting.
Now, four years later, while preparing my dining room for a meeting with some of the women in my group, I found myself reflecting on all of the wonderful things that have come out of my group. I have met women who have become great strategic business partners, friends, confidants, and most of all, women who saw my vision and were happy to be a part of it.
Our group has raised money for children's homes, women's shelters, and local businesses and now offers a global opportunity for women to belong to a group with integrity. Now I ask you, "Where would all of these women be if I had given up after that second week?" The beautiful thing about our group is the fact that from one woman's idea, hundreds of women have prospered. The reason that our group is so amazing is due to the fact that each woman understands that "it takes a village". We understand that no one woman makes it to the top by herself. There is always someone there, encouraging her to "go for it". Whether it is a teacher, mentor, life coach, friend, neighbor, family member or another woman in her networking group.
So the next time you have a great idea, but you are afraid that no one will understand your vision, I suggest that you go for it anyway. Take it from me, "one woman truly can make a difference!"
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