“It’s by thinking BIG that you can make the first small steps of your journey happen!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Wow, what a busy screen! It’s got to be horrifying for any graphic designer, but since I think I failed art in kindergarten, I’m going to run with it!
It’s day #8 of the series, Insight 2020: Leadership Strategies for the Era of Acceleration, Today’s theme? Think BIG – read the post.
Kind of appropriate given that it’s the first phrase in my newest book.
But why is thinking BIG important? Because no one ever really achieved any sort of great success by dreaming small.
And so that’s my job on stage – to take my audience into a future that is big, bold, brash, ambitious. I might not get it right all the time, but I’ll get you started on the journey. You won’t make the many steps required if you think it’s only a small voyage!
Thinking big will really let you focus your efforts on what you want to accomplish. In my case, once I found the passion of the keynote speaker stage, I decided to try to go BIG.
And the fact is,25 years is a long time on the global speaking circuit, but I didn’t start out with a world stage at first. Being Canadian, I spent a lot of time on, um, interesting stages (risers, really) is small halls and conference centres.
But I decided in the late 90’s that the world should be my stage … so I decided to start targeting, focusing, clarifying my efforts to get the attention of the major speakers bureaus in the world.
Today, I’ve achieved that. I find myself represented and booked by the same bureaus who book Barack and Michelle Obama, George W. Bush and Richard Branson, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus, Michael Douglas and Jay Leno into events worldwide.
I don’t state this to boast – but to explain that my goal was to go BIG on the global circuit, and I seem to have achieved it.
(My life goal is to share a keynote platform with Michelle Obama, and golf with Alice Cooper, but that’s another big goal for another time!)
Think BIG? You’ll need it to get you started on the journey, but where you go with it is often up to you.