Anyone can be a pioneer. Sounds easy, right? It is not. True leadership is rare because most people are not willing to perform the one thing they will need to grow their sway.
What do the world’s best leaders are aware that the rest of us do not? How do you associate with significant people and receive your standing to disperse?
People occasionally ask me how I have been able to do interviews with in-demand”celebrities” like Steven Pressfield and Chris Brogan. They wonder just how to acquire guest posts published on Copyblogger or Zen Habits, a number of the most well-known blogs on the web.
These people are the very same individuals who ask about getting a NY Times best-selling writer to endorse your book or wish to know what it takes to interview the CEO of a major company. They want to know the answer to a very simple question that confounds most people. And for many years, I didn’t understand it myself. It is this: Why can’t I get more sway?
The answer may surprise you.
The secret to gaining influence
Some people do not want you to know this. It is the explanation for how even the humblest of beginnings may result in the strongest victories.
This is essential that you hear, and it could be the answer to getting your book published or launching a successful business. It might even mean landing that link that affects everything.
The key to how to connect with powerful people is simple: Ask them. Why is it that so many people fail this practice? Why miss something so obvious?
To begin with, let us set the record straight: I’m nobody special. I don’t have any innate presents for winning people over.
A chubby misfit in high school, I learned to play guitar and to prevent getting beat up (occasionally ). In other words, I am not any Dale Carnegie.
Why discuss this? And should you think me and you’re prepared for some practical tips on how to perform it, click for two bonus videos and also a downloadable eBook in which I put it out step-by-step for you.
The new leadership
Bill Gates was able to publish his email address. An important leader and CEO, he still made himself available to his followers. As soon as I learned about this, I decided to email an author I had always admired and seen what might occur. I requested his advice, and a day after, ” he responded. I was in awe.
After the book started, he linked to me and delivered more traffic than my little blog had ever seen.
After this experience, I had a thought that changed everything: If uber-blogger Seth Godin is that accessible, who else is? If someone so influential and unreachable (in my head ) was only an email away, what would stop me from calling anyone I wished to meet?
That is just what I did.
What followed was a series of events that included one fearless pursuit after another. I discovered that there were other people like Seth who were making themselves available to”average Joes” like me.
Here is the brand new leadership: access. There are people out there, waiting to connect with those daring enough to inquire.
Not too long ago, I watched a friend get a guest article printed on a popular blogging site, a favorite blog about making money online. I was amazed, even a bit jealous.
Although I had gotten into the habit of earning big inquires, this was clearly one stage which was still”off-limits” to me. Perhaps someday, I thought.
He also sent an email with an idea, they accepted it, and they then printed it. In fact, this was the next time he’d done this. So I did exactly the same — and it worked like a charm.
We doubt ourselves, believing we do not have what it takes. We give in to fear and undermine ourselves before we begin.
Recently, I encouraged a friend to email a leader he admired. He wouldn’t do it. He’d already made his mind up. This person was just too busy to reply. Once I all but forced my friend to do it, the individual emailed him back immediately.
My friend could not believe it, because he had already said”no” for him. Turns out, most individuals are this reachable. We only need to think they want to hear from us.