Yesterday at 9.30pm Amsterdam time, one of my career dreams came true!
Ever since I started blogging for my business , I had this dream of becoming a contributor to The Huffington Post. However, after several unsuccessful post submissions, I was starting to feel like this was "mission impossible".
So I finally took the courage to reach-out to Arianna herself and, sure enough, I received an invitation to become a HuffPost blogger within a few days.
Yesterday, my first article got published, and I feel so proud to be part of a community that I deeply respect!
When my husband asked me this morning what is that I admire so much about The Huffington Post, my reply was:
"They stand for self-empowerment and success in all areas of our lives."
And that is exactly what I believe in, and help my clients achieve by creating classy careers on their own terms.
If you're anything like me, you too have big dreams for your brand and career.
What I want you to know and trust is that you can be and accomplish whatever you want... If you set your mind to it and follow these five steps.
1. Get clear on your desires
Get crystal clear on what you want and why exactly do you want it.
What benefits will it bring to you and your loved ones. How will it further your career and improve your life?
How does that tie-up with your bigger purpose in life, the legacy you want to leave for generations to come?
2. Hold-on to your vision & be persistent
As I shared, I didn't get an invitation to join the HuffPost blogger community with my first post submission. But I was clear on what I wanted and I was persistent.
Much of our success in life depends on our drive and determination.
So be courageous and consistent. Your efforts will be rewarded!
3. Network, network, network!
You may be sick and tired of this buzz word. Believe me, as an introvert, I it resisted for a very long time... Until I shifted my perspective on networking.
It doesn't have to be about strategically attending networking events and mindlessly collecting business cards.
Networking takes on a whole more pleasurable -- and productive -- dimension when you see it as an opportunity to connect with other human beings from a genuine place.
Whether you want to get ahead in your career, land a new job or attract clients for your new business, reaching-out to others is key.
In the story that I shared, I actually asked a friend and long-time HuffPost contributor for help and advice on how to get published. Without her sharing her wisdom and contacts with me, I might not have been featured on the HuffPost today.
4. Just ask
Now that you're clear on your desires, ready to hold-on to your vision no matter what, and connected with the right people in the right way, it's time to take the leap and simply ask for what you want!
I know it's scary and that it means getting out of your comfort zone, but it's so worthy!
5. Add value
I actually believe in karma. What goes around, comes around.
So if you approach people with the intention of adding value to their lives, you'll build healthier relationships and exponentially increase your chances of success.
Before approaching anyone, whether you're asking for a favor, a business opportunity or a job, ask yourself:
What is the best way I can add value to this person's life?
Now I'd love to hear from you.
What's one "impossible" goal you've been trying to achieve? Which of the 5 steps above will you work on this week to make it happen?
Share your insights in the comments below. I read every response!