I recently came across this quote on Facebook that struck a nerve with me. A good one.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.“ ~ J C Maxwell
It made me think of how I feel about this blog. I started it with the intention of sharing marketing and business advice with friends and clients and not with the intention of being a blogger. A money making blogger that is. So, posting here gets put on the bottom of my to do list after I’ve tended to everything relative to what I DO make money at.
Then there’s the whole “perception” thing that comes with bloggers. Perfect perception that is. I’m a big believer that there is way too much emphasis on being the most stylish, most put together, and most successful person out there in the blogger hemisphere and I just do not have the time to keep up with that nor do I want to mislead my people to thinking this life of mine is so simply perfect. It ain’t.
And don’t even get me started on the whole “but who really cares what Heather Vreeland has to say?” ever looming question I ask myself everyday. There are A LOT of people claiming to be experts on the internet and whether they are just making noise or making a living….how is my experience/take any better/different?
But, I’ve found that as a result of being concerned if this is the best way to be spending my time, or are my pictures pretty enough for this blog, or is anyone even listening… my voice has become stifled. Which is sad because I really like helping people and I really feel like I can help the most amount of people here.
So, when I read that quote this week I realized – that’s me. A leader. I know the way because I work it every single day. I don’t proclaim to be an expert, but I AM experienced. I go the way because that is what it takes to survive and be successful. I’m not a millionaire, but I am making money. And, because I know in my heart of hearts that sharing those two things can make all the difference in someone’s life who is just starting out…. I will show the way. Okay maybe not the way. But, my way.