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  • - Good morning Believe Nation it's Evan.

  • My one word is believe and I believe in people

  • more than they believe in themselves.

  • And my sincere hope is that if you see in yourself

  • what I see in you you'll be able to change the planet.

  • So to help you on your journey today's message is

  • be open to the unknown.

  • Over to you Simon Sinek.

  • (rooster crowing)

  • ♫ I wake up every morning

  • Enspresso keep me goin'

  • ♫ I wake up every morning

  • Every morning

  • - Rarely are we instant experts.

  • You may have a particular gift or affinity toward something

  • but you still get better.

  • You know people would pay me high compliments when I started

  • speaking and then people who've seen me a year or two later

  • say that I'm even better.

  • And I feel it. - Why is that?

  • - Because you you you learn more you know.

  • I think that hubris is dangerous I think to think

  • that you're an expert in anything is a foolish pursuit.

  • You're never you're never as good as you could be.

  • There's always room for improvement,

  • there's always room to get better.

  • You know that doesn't mean you have to listen

  • to all the advice just you know not necessarily

  • because everybody know best.

  • But but to believe that you can be better

  • and to believe that you can offer more

  • is a constant pursuit.

  • You know I used to think being a public speaker

  • meant being poised and presenting in a way

  • that was compelling and speaking at the right pace.

  • And that's that's a part of it.

  • But but I have been taking more risks lately,

  • doing things that are very unstructured

  • and very uncomfortable.

  • And I will now do like if I have an hour to speak

  • I'd rather speak for 20 minutes

  • and do 40 minutes worth of questions.

  • And who knows how that's going to go.

  • And that to me, is the best.

  • And so I'm a better speaker because now

  • I'm way more open to the unknown.

  • Where a few years ago that that would have scared me.

  • - One of the greatest skills I think it can master

  • is to learn to be comfortable and be uncomfortable.

  • To lean in on it to feel the excitement and energy from it

  • as opposed to just the fear and shrinking downness

  • is which is what a lot of people do.

  • A lot of people are super uncomfortable when there's a new

  • strange scary situation happening

  • and want to lean in on that so you can grow as a human

  • but also you can bring the most to your business.

  • A good habit to try to get into is as soon as you think

  • of a new idea, as soon as you come up with something

  • that you want to try, you want to talk to that person,

  • you want to launch this new business, you want to

  • create this new campaign.

  • Assuming you have that idea find some small way to

  • take immediate action on it.

  • One, you're more likely to follow through,

  • you're more likely to build momentum,

  • and to actually see some results coming from it.

  • But two what happens is, here's what happens so often

  • there's so many entrepreneurs and it's so frustrating,

  • it's so limiting for a lot of you guys.

  • Is, you come up with an idea and you're excited right.

  • Like this could be a great new idea I really want

  • to try this thing out.

  • And then you add more layers and layers and layers

  • and extrapolations and this little tiny idea

  • becomes this huge big project.

  • And as you scale up the project and it's exciting

  • to think about how you can make it this big thing right

  • if you want to launch a YouTube channel

  • it starts with one video and then you think wow,

  • I need to have my banner art,

  • I need to have my production schedule.

  • I need to figure out what lights and what camera

  • or microphone.

  • And you like build up this huge project that is very

  • exciting but then the fear kicks in.

  • And then it's like, well how do I go out and

  • accomplish all those things?

  • I need a team, I need money, I need resources,

  • I need time, I need to plan, I need to plan, I need to plan.

  • And you're stuck in this constant planning mode

  • and it becomes such as such a big idea but then

  • you never do anything about it.

  • Where if you can cut that off sooner and as soon as

  • you get an idea while it's still little

  • of something that you want to try

  • go ahead and do it.

  • Go and see how it works.

  • See if you enjoy it.

  • See if you want to do it again.

  • I keep thinking back to dating as an example

  • where if you're about to meet somebody for the first time

  • if you're already thinking long term,

  • if you're already thinking about the wedding,

  • and the kids, and retirement in depth.

  • Like you're thinking all the way out there

  • you're putting so much pressure that you find out

  • even going to say hi to this person and you

  • don't even know if it's ever going to work out.

  • Or just go out grab a coffee, see if you like them.

  • See if you want to go up for another coffee right.

  • I think as soon as you get an idea to just try it

  • and it's uncomfortable and it's scary

  • but just try it in some small way.

  • I think about my Malaysia speech that I did

  • a couple years ago it was a meaningful speech for me

  • because the first time I introduced Your One Word

  • and Believe to an audience.

  • Maybe I did it to you guys first on YouTube

  • but like to an actual speaking audience.

  • And just before going on stage I had a woman stop me

  • at breakfast and was talking about

  • how she was being cyber bullied and how it was

  • really impacting her negatively and she

  • was thinking of shutting down all her social accounts.

  • And the impact that I had in her family

  • and just a really sad story

  • from a really beautiful wonderful caring woman.

  • And I was about to get on stage about to go do

  • my second speech and I just thought of this idea like

  • wouldn't it be great to involve her somehow?

  • Wouldn't it be great to get it give her some recognition

  • and have the people in the audience support her.

  • And so I brought her up on stage she had no idea

  • what was happening and I asked her you know,

  • "Are you okay if I tell your story?"

  • And she said, "Yes." and I told her story.

  • And then what I wanted people to do was while I was speaking

  • I had just my new friend here to the side of the stage

  • and I said, "Everybody what I want you guys to do is

  • "come up and take a picture with her,

  • "put hashtag I think with hashtag peace or hashtag love.

  • "And anybody who tagged me in the picture takes a picture

  • "with her and has hashtag peace or love,

  • "I will give them."

  • I gave them one of my my guides

  • "one of my e-book download that I had.

  • And while I was talking at the front

  • there was a huge line up.

  • And throughout the entire presentation people were taking

  • pictures with her and they were laughing

  • and they were smiling and there were tears of joy

  • and happiness and it really made an impact on my new friend,

  • this woman that I had met, but also on everybody coming

  • through that this was something that was really important.

  • And it made the talk that much more valuable to everybody.

  • And it just happened spur the moment this was not a planned

  • thing, if she didn't come and meet me at breakfast

  • and stop me and say hi and tell me her story

  • I wouldn't have done that.

  • I would have just continued with my regular regularly

  • planned speech.

  • And so I think it's good to have a plan but it's goof

  • to make adjustments, it's good to lean into the unknown.

  • I had this idea and instead of making it this big thing

  • that I could save for the next time I do a speech,

  • or the next time this thing happens

  • I'm going to do something right now.

  • And it may work and it may not work out

  • but I'm going to test it.

  • And that one worked out really well.

  • But sometimes it doesn't work out right.

  • Sometimes you fall on your face.

  • Sometimes you think you do that jump and you can't make it

  • and you fall down.

  • That's going to happen too

  • but I try to embrace the approach if I would rather know

  • and fail, than not know.

  • Then just live in my head

  • because I would hate to think that here is this

  • woman who I could have helped who could have made

  • a meaningful contribution to

  • and all these people in a room that I could have helped

  • them in a meaningful contribution to but I was too scared

  • to do it, I was too scared of releasing an

  • imperfect plan and so I did nothing.

  • And that's too often what we do in our business

  • and in our lives.

  • We had this idea and we're too afraid to release

  • an imperfect plan and we do nothing as a result.

  • There will never be a perfect plan.

  • You can think up a plan all you want but as soon as

  • you start to get out there into the world and test it

  • your plan will change.

  • Every single successful business the plan they started

  • with is not the plan that ultimately helped them grow.

  • It was part of their plan, but they had to change it,

  • had to adapt.

  • And so too many of us are just stuck in our heads

  • and we don't take enough action.

  • And so I strongly encouraged you the next time

  • you feel uncomfortable, the next time you're feeling

  • nervous about something, the next time you get that

  • little queasy feeling you know the, I don't know if I should

  • do that or not, just do it.

  • Say yes.

  • Embrace the approach it you would rather know

  • and have it fail then live the rest

  • of your life with regrets

  • because you wrre too afraid to take some kind of action.

  • So the question today is I'm curious

  • what is something that you are working on

  • that you're afraid to release?

  • That is imperfect but now you're going to go out

  • and push it and let people know about it

  • at least in a small way.

  • I'm curious, what is that project.

  • Leave it down the comments below

  • I'm really curious to find out.

  • And if you leave a comment within the first

  • couple hours is video going live

  • you have a chance to win one of two daily prizes.

  • I also want to give a quick shout out to Chris and Juliana.

  • Thank you guys so much for picking up a copy of my book

  • Your One Word and taking that great picture

  • in your car with it.

  • I hope you enjoyed the read and I really

  • appreciate the support.

  • Thank you guys again for watching.

  • I believe in you.

  • I hope you continue to believe in yourself

  • and whatever your one word is.

  • Much love and I'll see you again tomorrow morning

  • for another shot of espresso.

  • ♫ I wake up every morning

  • Enspresso keep me goin'

  • Every morning

  • (typewriter typing)

  • - Do something new.

  • You know you've got to make you've got to get

  • in your comfort zone.

  • That's what we all do we get to a certain age

  • whilst in earth comfort zone with the recliners

  • watching television day in there.

  • And we get certain age we receptive I say,

  • why sit around watching television

  • through the rest of my life because I've done it all.

  • Sitting on my laurels it reads.

  • It's not worth it I mean life so short