I had been a shy person since childhood, ready to blush anytime that I heard my name called out in class.
I was never popular, and I never could speak out my mind.
So, yes, I’d never considered that people would listen to me and follow my ideas in any way.
And yet, they do it nowadays.
Still is quite funny to see myself saying it, as it is some kind of dream from which I am going to wake up soon enough.
But it is true. I am a freelance writer at one of the biggest essay writing services and blogger, and I have over 10k followers and subscribers. And I am more successful than any of my high school's cheerleaders.
I didn’t think I could accomplish it, so I never held myself back from doing what I always wanted to do, which was write and write.
My life had always been surrounded by books and journals, so it was only natural that I would become a writer. And I am glad I did because I don’t think I could do anything else.
So I invested in what I was good at and kept going. I never overthought it; I just did it. I broke my goals into small chunks, and that was it.
And I eventually started being recognised for that, and it gave me strength to do even more.
And my great results and feedback I wold get from my writing, more confident I would feel.
Leadership is all about being confident enough to put your heart on the paper, to type your ideas away without being concerned about what people will think or how they will judge you.
A natural consequence of it is that people will start following you because they love authenticity. Even if they disagree with you, they will enjoy seeing someone being truly honest about their point of view and getting ready to answer nicely to rude comments.
I jumped from talking only to myself to a long line of followers. People start sharing my stories, and that felt great. I was finally proud of myself. And I hadn’t done more than my work.
I took my role seriously. I did plenty of research. I interviewed reliable sources. I offered original and fresh posts.
That is to say that my hard work was noticed and that people realised that they could trust me. They understood that I cared about their opinion, even though I valued mine that much.
And they knew that they could put my suggestions into practice because I wasn’t messing around.
And this is what I suggest you do if you want to become a leader. Find something that you are passionate about and become the best that you can on it.
Then don’t let any bad thought stop you from letting the world know how good you are. Be brave, and go for it.
If you do it, you will get notice, and people will so naturally follow you that you will wonder if you weren’t born to be famous.
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