Something strange can happen when you get a few runs on the board. You can start to feel invincible. Feel like everything you touch turns to gold. If you were a rabbit’s foot, you’d be a real BIG one that’s for sure.
It’s a good feeling.
You possess a trusted certainty in your abilities; a confidence that radiates outward that people actually feel. Some may even call your inner-confidence arrogance because they lack (and envy) your self-assurance. There’s no doubt about it:
Confidence attracts money!
There’s an old saying, “If you think you can or if you think you can’t, you are right.” Something like that anyway. But it illustrates my point. Confidence is the key. Confidence lets you think bigger; dream bigger. Without an Ego we’d all be sheep walking around the paddock.
But there’s a flipside to confidence. You can stop learning, stop growing, and you may even start to believe your own bullshit. A slippery slide awaits just around the corner. I’ve seen this many times. Take me for example…
Back in 2002 people started contacting me wanting me to do their copy. They had seen my copy for a few years for my own Mail Order business, and they wanted a bit of ‘Pete copy’ for themselves.
So I started to take on clients.
The first 4 sales letters were instant winners. Brought in a lot of money for my clients. They were happy. They started to spread my name. And I felt like I could no wrong.
Then the 5th client came along.
It was a tough job. These days I wouldn’t even consider it. There were just too many ways it could go wrong, and even if the promotion worked, the pay-off to the client wasn’t huge.
Even back then I knew it was the wrong gig. But my confidence in my abilities was sky-high so I took on the client and tackled the job. It took me a lot longer than expected. There were so many challenges. And ultimately the promotion flopped like a house of cards on a windy day.
And do you know what?
It was the best lesson ever!
It woke me up. Sure, I was pissed off! Not at the client. Not at the copy I had written. But angry at myself for taking the job on. Angry at my arrogance for thinking I could pull it off. But I was also happy. I knew I had been given a very valuable lesson. A lesson I took on the chin but never forgot.
Which brings me to the title of this post…
“Yeah, Yeah… I know all that.”
This is what I call being ‘too smart for the room’. You see, when you get educated, get smart, and get some wins on the board; it’s easy to think you know it all. There’s nothing more to learn. You are enough!
Fact is, nothing could be further from the truth. This is a critical time. A time to grow. A time to push yourself. But also, a time to reflect upon the fact you do not know it all, there is always more to learn, and you can learn every day in the most unlikely places.
When I think about it, many of the best teachers I’ve ever had have been students, newsletter members and family and friends. (I never let myself get too smart for the room.) If you keep awake, keep open to learning new things, you’ll find there are lessons everywhere, all the time.
Anyway, if you’re doing real good now; I applaud your success.
If you’re struggling, work hard on your confidence. Get a few little wins. Small things. It’s amazing how just a few little wins gives your confidence a boost.
Confidence attracts money!
Just don’t believe your own bullshit that’s all. And never stop learning.
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