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Leveling Up

David Sherry
3 min read

Every time I’m about to level up in my career, every time I can start to see a new area of territory that can be explored…

I hesitate.

It’s uncomfortable to leap into something you've never done before. You don’t know what the fall will feel like. And you wonder… will there be a soft landing?

The truth is you don’t. And as you tiptoe closer to the edge of your next big business move, your career change, your product launch... that leaning back, that warping vision of thin air in front of your eyes escalates.

This is normal. It’s normal to want to grow, and simultaneously want to hide.

And it feels safe to focus on what we do best, and it’s how our brains are built.
And you can’t beat yourself up about it…

But you also can’t NOT move forward.

Because the biggest opportunity is almost always in the area that scares you most to work on.

And today we can’t afford to stay in one place. Not when there’s so much opportunity. Not when our work depends on taking creative and emotional risks to succeed. So there’s a gap that needs to be crossed. And we make a transition every time we level up.

The good news is, I’ve never had to jump alone, and neither do you.

The “simple hack” for getting to that next mountain is to find someone who’s already gone to where you want to go.

Find someone who sees your scary leap is a simple hop that they’ve done a thousand times. Someone who truly understands how to bring clarity and confidence to get you from where you are now to where you want to be.

Every time I’ve gotten stuck on the ledge, I’ve hired a coach, a course, or found the right people to help me out. The bigger the jump, the more important it is to find the right person who can guide you through. I’ve spent thousands on coaches, courses, and books and it’s been worth it every time. Because the right moment of clarity, the right tip, can change your course in life for good.

Education is changing. The work we do is difficult, not dig for hours by hand difficult, but emotionally difficult. There are no longer "right answers." There are strategies and outcomes but nothing is final. It’s a rolling process. Unlike the tests we had to take in high school, where the grades were clear and everything was A - F. This way of thinking and acting that isn’t helpful for today’s business landscape.

When 40% of people will be freelancers by 2020, we all need coaches and mentors to help us continually level up. Because there’s no longer a clear system to follow but your own compass and at every turn, we can bring on new opportunities that take us to new places.

To me, customized learning is a necessity.

So sure, it’s makes me feel a bit gross seeing all the “courses launch! 10 figure income coaching program! buy now in the next 5 minutes and..” going on. But at the same time, this is the world today: coaches, online courses, communities are a huge component of how we grow. So don’t discount them, instead find the ones that really help. And pay for them when the time is right to make your next move.

When you’re looking to grow your income by %25 each year… you need coaches to show you new heights.

When you’re looking to build and grow an audience for your product, you want your blind spot shown to you so you can grow to the next stage instead of spinning your wheels.

So, as we head in 2018, think about what the one move is that would make the most impact on your career, but feels like the biggest risk.

Chances are you know what it is.

Then see if you can find someone in that area, a class, a community, with the goal in mind of taking that one or two major moves in the new direction.

To level up, you need to jump the gap.
And you don't need to do it alone.

By the way, I wanted to let you know that in 2018, individuals or brands who are looking to make a very particular type of move. It’s the first time I'm making this available and it's first come first serve. It’s one-on-one, with me as your guide in an area I’m confident we can move the needle on.

I’ve had thousands of conversations with individuals about their brands, marketing, and standing out… And I see where people get stuck. The program is built for business owners who currently have a product or service, and are seeking to build and develop an audience in a unique, meaningful way.

It includes one on one calls, homework and audio lessons to teach skills and refine your thinking, plus a bit of creative direction + feedback. If this sounds like you, and it sounds like the right time, You Can Apply Here

xx David

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