Confirmation That Putting Yourself Out There Was the Right Decision

Last Update: March 23, 2018

I started preaching when I was eighteen years old. I wondered at the time, who would want to hear what I have to say?

A year later when I was nineteen, a church asked me to become their pastor. And I thought, who would want me to lead them?

A little over a decade ago, I started a blog. But I did so amid much self-doubt as I kept asking myself the question, who would want to read what I have to write?

Six years ago, my wife and I started a church and I wondered, who would want to come?

But guess what? People showed up to listen to me preach. People joined the churches I led. People read my blog posts and eventually the book I wrote. And people keep joining the church we started.

I understand completely the sense of trepidation you have, as a leader, about putting yourself out there. And granted, you should certainly be wise in how you go about it, but the fact is, you should step out and lead. You should seek to influence people.

As long as people show up.

When they listen to your speeches, read your writings, and buy your products, it's confirmation that your voice was needed by someone. Hopefully, a lot of someone's.

I don't encourage you to be full of yourself. Pride sets you up for a disastrous fall. But I do encourage you to ask this simple question...

How can I contribute to the culture around me?

When you do things that are truly valuable to people, people value more of what you have to say.

So while you don't need to make it all about you, you do need to be willing to put yourself out there. And when people show up to listen, keep speaking.

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lynnsam61 Premium
Very inspiring perspective. Thank you Brandon.
Erica
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jtaienao Premium
Great post Brandon. Your story is a perfect example of what we must practice as business owners. We should offer products or services that is useful to others. If they are in fact useful, people will see the value in it , buy in to it, and spread the word to others.
Jerome
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Defiant6 Premium
Thank you for sharing that as it is very inspiring and motivating.
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DEversley Premium
Very inspiring Brandon.
It's the ones who are humble that ask themselves these questions.

David
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VeronicasLuv Premium
In humility, we can know that we are all unique, and add tremendous value, wherever we are and to whomever, we speak -
whether online or face-to-face.

Thanks for the reminder, Brandon.
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nelsonrosa77 Premium
Those are questions that we have to ask the Lord so that we will know the people in our sphere of influence.
I would ask the Lord: How can I contribute to establishing your kingdom in my sphere of influence.
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Kickbacked Premium
Nice post! Very motivating!
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VanessaN Premium
Loving this post Brandon.
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wendyg53 Premium
In my Buddhist practice they say to ask yourself if what you are about to say or do will create value. I'm guessing it's the same in your faith.

Excellent post, thank you. It's a reminder that we are doing all of this training to create value for other people and gain an audience, as opposed to just selling a product or a message.
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AlexEvans Premium
That was an inspiring post, Brandon, thanks for sharing your insights.
It is so true we can be our biggest doubters, but when we find our voices and asking that question can be what sets us on the right path to discovering.
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