Opportunity is Often Missed Because it Looks Like Hard Work

conferenceHealth coaches contact me wanting to know how to become successful in this business.

Many people think success just kind of happened overnight.

That’s not reality!

I scraped and struggled, and worked my butt off as I was beginning my career.

When inspiration about getting “healthy” content seen and heard by the masses would pop into my mind to write a blog, share a recipe, create a cooking class, give a lecture, or write a book, I took action on them.

I sat my caboose down, created the content, and then sent it off to the appropriate people and organizations.

Unfortunately, both me and my content got rejected… a lot!

I was turned down by health and wellness centers to teach classes; I was harshly criticized by book publishing companies; I was told that I didn’t have the right credentials to speak at city/state/government institutions…

With all of that rejection, you would think I would’ve gotten the heck out of this business!

But, I didn’t.

Just like you, I had something to say to the world.

Something that was driving me at my core, and I wasn’t going to stop saying it regardless of what other people thought of me and my message about natural healing.

I stuck it out and kept creating my content and sharing it with the audience I was slowly growing through my monthly cooking classes and lectures.

They were classes I gave in the living room of my small NYC apartment.

Today, the story is much different.

It’s over two decades later and I am frequently contacted by conference organizers to speak to their audiences, my books are selling around the world, and my message is getting out to the masses in a much bigger way.

The same message about naturally healing the body that was rejected early on in my career is now welcomed with open arms.

What happened? How did these opportunities suddenly become available?

Firstly, I am obstinate – at least, according to the definition in the dictionary.

  • Obstinate: firmly or stubbornly adhering to one’s purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty.

Secondly, my passion and desire to share health-related information and inspiration were, and still are, persistent. This requires dedication and commitment, and that takes a LOT of work.

There’s a great quote often attributed to Thomas Edison that I love:

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like hard work.”

Yup. Love it!! And, it’s still true – I work hard.

And, lastly… I always remember something my mom used to say when I was growing up, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

I squeaked loud enough and long enough to finally get greased!

If you are one of the many health coaches struggling to get your message out into the world, keep going! It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s going to take dedication, hard work, stubbornness, and lots of action.

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