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Opportunity is often missed because it looks like hard work

conferenceHealth coaches contact me wanting to know how I became successful at this business and what they can do to achieve similar results.

Many think success just kind of happened overnight.

That’s not reality!

I scraped and struggled, and worked my butt off, for quite a few years as I was beginning my career.

Like many of you, inspiration about what could be the next step to expand my message and get “healthy” content seen and heard by the masses would pop into my mind; write a blog, share a recipe, create a cooking class, give a lecture, or write a book.

As each of those ideas came, 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 for speaking opportunities; I was harshly criticized by quite a few book publishing companies; I was told that I didn’t have the right credentials…

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

But, I didn’t.

I had something to say and wasn’t going to stop saying it, regardless of what other people thought of me, and/or my message about natural healing.

I stuck it out and kept creating content and sharing it with the audience I was slowly growing through my “in-house” cooking classes and lectures. Literally! They were classes given from the living-room of my small NYC apartment.

Today, almost two decades later, 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 (and beckoned) 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 get health-related information to people was persistent. I took action over and over again! It required 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.”

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, some stubbornness, and lots of action.

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  • Patricia Mock

    As a person who is working on getting her health coaching business started, I appreciated this post and the message to just keep on keeping on, that it takes time to get a business started and to keep the faith about your belief in your message while you are going through that tough getting started phase…I’ve been doing lots of thinking & studying, but have now moved into the action phase so this message could not have come at a more opportune time. Thanks for the post!

    • @patriciamock:disqus fantastic! It’s sounds like you are on the right path!

    • @patriciamock:disqus fantastic! It’s sounds like you are on the right path!