It’s 2015 and thousands of people line up to audition for Idol.
They’re waiting to get picked.
“Pick me!” they cry. “You haven’t heard my unique voice yet!”
Of course, we all know how it goes. Only a selected few will get the honour to take the stage, and to get their voices heard.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
You don’t need permission
Most people seek permission. (I still do sometimes, but that’s changing in 2015).
They say to themselves:
If only I would have gotten that spot on Idol, then I’d be a rock star.
If only I could get a book agent to read my script, then I’d be the next J.K. Rowling.
If only I could talk to Steven Spielberg, then I’d be the next Hollywood superstar.
These are old rules. Truth is, you don’t need to “get discovered”. You need to build an audience, and the rest will follow.
This is a hard pill to swallow, but you can cut out the middleman and serve your audience.
The rules have changed. They don’t get to pick – your readers, listeners, and customers do.
But first you must pick yourself. Take the lead and do the work. Try new things, make mistakes, and learn from them.
Simple, but rarely easy. What’s stopping you from picking yourself?
Don’t wait to get discovered. Choose yourself. We need you.
Editor’s note: If you liked this article, check out You’re Good Enough to Start, My Friend.
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