QUESTION: There was “stuff” you weren’t comfortable doing, like asking for what you want. To overcome this you actually took matters in your own hands and took on some personal development?
ANSWER: Yeah, thanks for bringing that up because there is lot of “stuff” i needed to do to be successful that I certainly wasn’t comfortable in doing. I’m 55 now. When I was 28 I had quite a bit of success in motor racing but I was an introverted loner who ran an engineering business, by myself, from my backyard shed!
There was a big chunk of my life that sucked. Because I was an introvert, I found it very hard to go out and meet people. This wasn’t the way that I wanted to live the rest of my life so I started to do programs that brought me “out” as a person. Meeting people, particularly people I don’t know, was, and still is, one of the most challenging things I can do, but I also know that that’s what I need to do to lead a happy successful life.
With my kids entrepreneurial program I’m developing, I’m involved with some people who have enough faith in me and the product I’m developing that they have invested money. If I didn’t challenge myself to meet people I would never have met or attracted these investors. What I’ve found with inventors is, people don’t necessarily invest money in their ideas, but their money in the person. Can this person make their idea work? If people invest money in me and my ideas it’s up to me to do the best I can to make the project successful. If that means I have to get out of my comfort zone and speak up and do things I don’t really want to do then that’s what I’ve got to do! I’m not saying I always do it, but at least I can ask myself, ‘What’s the best thing i can do in the interest of everybody involved? That’s how it works for me. It involves stepping out of my comfort zone sometimes.
This post is part of my Radio Coaching Interview. To listen to this section please click here.