One Of The Best Mistakes I’ve Ever Made
Thursday, July 13th, 2017
Being authentic requires being real, and that isn’t easy in a world that values conformity.
I needed to reach out to complete strangers, to some who were very well known business leaders, to ask if I could interview them for my research project.
If I had no interviewees I had no data.
No data, meant no content for my research project.
No research project = Failed my Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership.
The challenge: I was an unknown and I didn’t know the rules of the game.
People kept telling me I couldn’t write in comic sans, because I would come across as a primary school teacher and not be taken seriously.
I tried it doing it the ‘right’ way.
It felt wrong to me.
Like I was writing with my left hand [and I’m right handed and not ambidextrous].
So…I start sending out MY type of emails.
I wrote in comic sans and wrote like the eager, over enthusiastic girl, passionate about what I do.
I wrote from the heart and explained WHY I was doing what I was doing and how I couldn’t do it without them.
THEN, the responses start coming back.
Here’s one of them:
Thank you for being in touch.
What a lovely email – your energy oozes off the computer screen – love it!
Would love to chat with you but about to do a lot of travelling … could we re connect in September and maybe do it then.
Very best wishes and thank you for inspiring me.
[Jane’s one of the co-founders of Comic Relief].
Thanks for your warm letter. I really liked your intro and I bet it’s not a coincidence that you chose my favorite ad / campaign of all times, kudos for that! I always felt a kind of strong connection and sympathy for Mavericks, maybe because my ”career” has always been swimming against the main stream? I also like your philosophy (what I gather from your Inspiration page) and I have given a few inspirational speeches and interviews in the past so the subject is close to my heart.
This could be a nice change to expand the experience. Lets do it!
Have an awesome Sunday and let me know how you imagine we proceed.
All the best,
[Jari is the pioneer of the birdman wingsuit].
I fast learnt that not being true to who you are is the biggest mistake you can make in life [and that includes your business life].
Be true, be real, be you!!!
How true are you being to the REAL you?