I know I’m not alone in having insecurities.
I think mine started back in junior high. Those were extremely rough years for me. I had had my friends in elementary school, but when a bunch of elementary schools sent all their students to the junior high in sixth grade, I had to start fresh with a huge new batch of kids.
It didn’t go well.
I was one of the nerdy kids, and man did they let me know it.
I became skeptical of my ability to make friends, and even when I did, I wasn’t sure I really believed them. Did they really want me to join them for lunch, or did they just not know what else to say to me?
This kind of insecurity has haunted me for so many years and indeed so close to the present moment that I would be embarrassed to discuss it further.
And it has sometimes meant that for all my bluster, frankly I have cared quite a bit what my enemies have said about me.
Poor Michael Malice has even had to lecture me about this. Tom, how could you possibly care what an idiot like this thinks? Why does it matter to you?
Pretty much everyone who’s even slightly in the public eye is going to be misrepresented, or hated for irrational reasons. It is unreasonable to expect that I alone would be an exception to this rule.
My brain generally gets that. But the emotional side feels like I’m back in junior high again: I’m a decent kid, but people who don’t know me at all have already rendered their judgment.
It’s critical to get a handle on this kind of insecurity, because it’s going to distract you from what Ben Settle calls your Mission.
Only you can know and formulate your Mission. Your Mission is that thing that drives you, that place you want to be, that goal that your every action is aiming toward.
Anything, particularly something irrational like this, that distracts you from your Mission must be rooted out without mercy.
I as much as anyone need to take this advice.
But perhaps you do as well.
You’re on my list, so I know you have an interest in starting an online business of some sort, even if it’s just a website that earns you affiliate commissions.
What’s holding you back from fulfilling your Mission?
Is it a lack of confidence in yourself?
Is it a fear of opening a new chapter in your life?
Is it a fear of the unknown?
These are holding you back every bit as much as my own securities have held me back.
I’m matching you up with a couple of people about whom my folks have not had one unkind word. They are outstanding. And if you let them, they will help you overcome whatever is keeping you from carrying out your Mission.
Sara and Andrew are doing one more workshop with me tomorrow (Tuesday). We’ll cover some different information from what we hit on last week.
In general, we’ll be covering more specifics about how to build something online that you can be proud of, that you will enjoy working on, and whose model will not become obsolete by next week. We’ll also give ten examples of products that sell very well and bring in good commissions.
I’m even giving away $200 to each of five random attendees.
If your rational fears are getting in the way of your Mission, it’s time to assert yourself.
Step one: reserve your seat:
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