In pursuit of one of my goals to be a national speaker, I approached an organization about being their keynote speaker for their annual conference. I was told that although I was a great speaker, full of energy and with an inspiring story, I could not headline a regional conference because I have not had huge monetary success in my business/brand. Hmmm! Does that make my story, my voice, less valuable?
Part of me, the event coordinator businesswoman side, gets this, but the little girl from Stockton , CA with big dreams of being somebody one day, is hurt and is fighting the urge to retreat into the dark place where low self-esteem lounges like a sweetly dressed purple pimp of seduction ready to whoo me back into his warm, safe embrace. All I could hear the person on the other side of phone say was I was not worthy – I’m nobody. Have you ever felt that way? Yes, because we all have. Now how do we overcome this kind of rejection?
After that conversation, I sat for a while – still – trying hard to replace that negative message in my head with a new tape – a new program. No matter who we are and where we’ve come from, everyone deserves to have a voice. Will it be heard on a national platform or on a huge stage? Maybe not, but that does not make you – us – any less valuable.
True, I am not a huge financial success with a major book deal today, and my face is not all over the news or in magazines, but that does not mean that my story is not of value to someone. I just have to find the right place – the right people – to share it with.
Never give up! Tell that sweet smelling purple pimp of low self-esteem that you only stopped by for a second, but now you have to go. You’ve got things to do! That’s right! You and I have to keep it moving, stay positive and purpose-driven.