Everyone who creates personal success as a 21st century speaker-is a hero. We battle with dragons. We grapple with demons. With emotional and psychological monsters. Like Theseus embroiled in maze on island of Crete, millennia ago, wrestling with, and slaying dreaded Minotaur. Like David facing Goliath armed with only a slingshot and 5 smooth stones. Like Hercules rescuing Theseus and Persephone from Hades.
In last century, like Harry Truman, a sure loser according to every poll, bravely facing up to and defeating powerful Thomas Dewey. Like Mahatma Gandhi, armed with only a loincloth and a relentless will, freeing Indian subcontinent from British rule. And let's not forget gallant Nelson Mandela who, battling from his bleak jail cell ultimately ended apartheid in South Africa, winning emancipation and equality for millions of his native people.
What about speaker? What about aspiring speaker...the lonely, aching one out in cold, with nose pressed up against store window, gazing wistfully at glowing success only a heartbeat away; what are this speaker's demons? What dragons, what Minatour, what swamps swarming with alligators, what precipices and crevasses wait to swallow up all wanna-be's hopes and dreams? What else blocks illusive path to success and abundance?
And, most important of all, how are all these monsters put to rest forever by speaker moving from struggle and lack to success and abundance. I've been there, dead broke, flat on my assets, and those only in my unswerving imagination, sustained only by vision. Perhaps this glimpse of my journey may yield hope:
1. It started with implacable will, iron determination, bulldog blood, an inner spirit that was not going to surrender to defeat as long as there was breath in my body.
2. It proceeded with awakening awareness that like all activities, speaking business had rules of play, rules I had to discover and master.
3. It continued with relentless research. The fruit of this investigation was, for me, insight that 80% of success in business of speaking had nothing to do with platform performance. Beyond platform excellence, speaking success emerged from having a unique position, a burning desire, a mission so powerful that mission had me, alluring promotion, magnetic marketing, a bit of wit and a colossal commitment, so huge that everything was surrendered in service of success yearned for.