We don't know what we don't know. Without awareness of things outside of our experiences, knowledge, and needs, we aren't aware of the possibilities that exist for us to become better. We can't change what we don't know needs changing.
What does this armchair philosophy have to do today's lesson? I'm so glad you asked!
I've been considering a very bold and BIG move in my business... starting live monthly events that combine speaker tips AND networking. I have the domain, agenda, topics for the next 12 months, and possibly even a venue. I drew up a membership application for review by an attorney and even have a few people in other areas who said they'd like to start chapters.
I was building momentum... until I became the "fish that didn't know it needed water until it's out of the water"...
I reached out and asked a mentor who has a multi-million dollar business her opinion. It was like a smack in the face, but one I'm really grateful for. Her thoughts and observations got me to thinking:
- What if people become members and I decide I don't want hold live monthly meetings any more?
- What will the REAL costs of start up be?
- What happens if other people start groups and then they quit?
- What happens to members if they are in a group that closes - what am I legally liable for?
- How much time and effort is this really going to take and am I willing to do it?
- What is the real purpose of starting these groups? Is there another, easier way to accomplish my goal of getting in front of more of my target market and sharing what I offer?
- Is my domain and name I've chosen something that I can trademark?
- Is this something I could offer as a webinar vs an in-person event?
Great questions, right? Some people may claim that this person is being negative but I don't see it that way. I see it as someone sharing perspective that I don't have the experience or knowledge to view the situation from.
Each of us are "fish that don't know we need water until we're out of the water" in some areas in our business. Reach up to those who have already accomplished what you dream of doing (with the values and principles you have) and ask for their honest feedback. Don't get mad when they poke holes in your ideas... it will only make your ideas stronger if and when you decide to go for it.
I'd love to hear how you've been impacted by reaching up and asking for help OR being the one that someone else reached up to.