Building a legacy requires a blueprint and a foundation to build upon, neither of which happen overnight. Have you ever seen a time-lapse video of a skyscraper in the process of being constructed? At first glance it looks strange, because it seems like a group of ants are attending to a sandhill, but in reality, it’s a beautiful cacophony of people instrumentally working together for a common cause. All planning takes place behind closed doors, which could take years of careful deliberation from experienced technicians and architects. Only then, once things have been given the approval, an entirely different building process begins. Managing the day-to-day activities requires a skill set, which combines the ability to know the original plans and expectations while being able to effectively work with your building team.
Construction requires a windfall of efforts, enough to make your head spin, which brings up an interesting question, “are you sure that you are ready to build for yourself”? Most of us would say yes, because we want to do things for ourselves. This is a great mentality to have, but the difference between the dream, and the reality are far from one another. The daily struggles of construction require moving parts that keep your mind active 24 hours a day. Without the proper help, you could find yourself up at night thinking about all the current, and potential pitfalls.
So why do it alone?
You shouldn’t have to do it alone, nor should you want to, but building a team of friends that do not have enough experience isn’t a good approach either. You are better off building alone, with the support of those who have been through it before. You don’t necessarily need to build something similar, but the process of building and scaling is somewhat relative.
How do I build support?
There are a few key tactics that you need to implement into your life today that will almost guarantee that you will have a support channel when you are ready to take the next step.
- Become an apprentice by dedicating yourself to a mission, or a cause. You don’t have to like the cause, but it is the effort that speaks volumes, not necessarily the success of the project. Commit to helping a friend, or colleague build something that they have always wanted. The goal should be to do everything in your power to help when called upon. You have skills, and talents that can be applied to help this friend scale up their project. Provide your advice when asked for it, otherwise keep it surface level with your opinion to avoid getting to emotionally involved.
- Become irreplaceable by doing the work of 3 employees, not just one. Put in the overtime hours, become an evangelist, and a leader. Perhaps things don’t go as planned, or do not work out, at the very least people will know that you are a person that isn’t easily replaced. Let’s hope they don’t have to find out the hard way.
- Wait for your moment. How do you know when your moment has come? It won’t always be as clear as day, but you will know. Try asking for support, opinions, or advice about something you are willing to try your hand at. When people are ready to give you the support you need they will be their for you. The transition won’t be easy, at the end of the day losing you will create a dent in their plans, but if they are your true friends and supporters they will help you no matter what.
- Have a plan that details your long-term expectations. Have a grand vision in your mind that paints the picture of where you want to go. With a vision you can better strategize your day-to-day activities. Things need to make sense, otherwise you could find yourself using energy on unproductive tasks. Work is great, efficient work is better.
Things take time to build. Unfortunately, too many of us aren’t patient enough, which forces us to take a few steps backward, before moving forward. Don’t make the same mistakes as others, take a step back, gather a larger perspective of the situation, and ask yourself, “am I ready to take the next step”?
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