So I realize that I went radio silent for about 10 days. Day 7 was a rest day from exercise, and then it snowed here more than 2 feet. (Check out my instagram for pictures!)
It’s quite hard to run outside in 2 feet of snow, so I gave myself the excuse and didn’t exercise – and that led to me being upset with myself and not writing my daily journal.
This few days of not being able to exercise, led me to a full 10 days of being lazy and not getting it done.
Today, I felt the need to go for a run and did it.
4.63 miles – even though the last mile was a walk. It felt great to get back out there and see the city from a new angle. I also got to experience some very kind souls passing out hats, gloves, coats, and even boots to the homeless. What an incredible city!
This morning, I woke up around 5:45am even though it is a Saturday. I had drank wine the night before and typically when that happens even if I sleep for a very long time, I still end up feeling like crap. So I forced myself awake, made some butter coffee and plopped myself at the computer.
I had had a pretty exciting day yesterday, which was the reason for the glass of wine “celebration”.
I have been trying to get clients for a little while now and had finally landed a call with the CEO of a company that spends over $120k a month on paid search advertising. I prepared quite a bit for this call, and was going into it with ideas on how we would work together on a monthly basis.
About halfway through the call, he had told me about their company’s ridiculous growth – from 2014 to 2015 they had grown their revenue 5 times – and these numbers were in the millions, so it was pretty astonishing in my eyes.
He also mentioned that they were going to be hiring a lot of people, including a paid search manager focused on AB testing, and he thought it would be nice to have me in the role. They offer unlimited vacation days and the ability to work from home. Sounds like my kind of dream job!
He told me he was going to set me up with a meeting with me and the COO to discuss further.
Now, even if this doesn’t work out, the fact that I went into this looking purely at it from a client acquisition call, and this guy actually wanted to bring me on board full-time was quite flattering.
It’s such a great reminder to keep putting myself out there, because otherwise no one will even know about you and what you have to offer.
After this call, I haphazardly attended the Fizzle office hours call. I say haphazardly because I had completely forgotten about it, my alarm to remind me about it didn’t go off, and I had it on my calendar for the wrong time so I thought I missed it.
I realized all of this about 2 minutes before it started, so I quickly jumped on.
A Fizzle office hours session is where the team members allow up to 25 people onto a live webinar, and they let us all ask questions about our specific businesses and bring up anything we are struggling with. This was my first time attending one of these types of office hours sessions so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
After a quick introduction, I saw a bunch of people turn on their webcams and ask personal questions, questions that could come off sounding “stupid” or “unknowledgeable”, and they couldn’t care less.
I started questioning whether I would have the guts to get on and ask my question. How did they have such confidence to just get on their with basically complete strangers and do this?
20 minutes go by.
I began to think about what it would be like to just ask for help instead of guessing the answer on my own like I’ve been doing.
Another 15 minutes go by – only 25 minutes left until it’s over and my chance is gone.
I started telling myself I should do it, while in the back of my mind knowing I would never have the guts to.
I started checking myself on my webcam to make sure I didn’t look like a hermit with disheveled hair.
Am I actually going to face my fear and do this?
10 minutes later I was getting ready to share my webcam and jump into the newly empty seat.
What am I crazy?!
Someone else gets into the empty slot.
With around 8 minutes left, a slot opens up.
I jump in and am practically dying inside.
My fight or flight response starts to kick in.
What am I doing! I can’t do this, I’m going to sound like a complete idiot! I should turn off the webcam.
I push through it and stay on. My turn comes up quickly and I ask my question about defining my audience. I mention I’m from Philadelphia, and someone in the chat jumps in and says they are too.
My face it turning red, and I’m starting to sweat.
I ask my question and get a pretty good answer, basically what I had known all along but needed someone else to say to believe it.
Before I turn off my webcam, the “leader/host”— whatever you want to call him for the day— says:
“Make sure you check out the chat box – someone has a question for you”
Looking back, it’s so ridiculous to go through this much stress over turning on a webcam and asking a question – it wasn’t like there are hundreds of people on, it was literally 25 people.
I shut off my webcam, look in the chat box, and the woman who had said she was also from the Philly area has asked me to write a guest post on her website about my topic.
She runs Facebook ads and wanted someone to explain to her audience the difference between what I do and what she does, and when they should use either one.
I think to myself, holy crap…I jumped on camera, asked a really stupid question, and now I have a guest posting opportunity??
To make it better, I go to her site and she is a really big name in her field with a very sizable audience.
This is such a great opportunity to possibly even help me get my first paying client, and it all came from me pushing through the fear and putting myself out there.
Twice in one day. I think the universe is trying to teach me a lesson.
I got it, universe. Thank you.