Nervous about that first date. Nervous to walk into a room alone. Nervous to talk to our leaders or bosses. Afraid you’re going to say the wrong thing and sound unintelligent. (Like the time I said scrotum when I meant sternum. TWO TOTALLY DIFFERENT THINGS. This is why I’m an agent, not a Doctor.) So instead we take comfort in blending into the background. Keeping quiet and not making waves.
While I’ve been in the insurance industry for seven years now, I’ve experienced the most growth professionally in the last year.
This is all because of one connection. One uncomfortable hello that turned into a friendship and mentorship.
This one connection turned into getting involved in an organization that is essentially the Robin to our Batman as independent agents.
This one connection gave me the confidence to speak out. To get involved. To make my voice heard – whether or not people want to hear it is a different story.
From there it snowballed to meeting members of congress on the hill, speaking in front of CEO’s in Vail on the importance of millennials in the insurance industry and even helping to create an inaugural young agents conference.
That’s all it takes. One connection.
Speaking from personal experience: if you have an idea. Say it. If you have a question. Ask it. Even if you don’t quite feel one hundred percent confident on the inside, don’t let it show on the outside. Own it. The more you put yourself out there, the easier it gets. Will it be easy? No. Will it feel awkward and be slightly terrifying at times to walk up to a table of strangers, sit down and join in on the conversation? Absolutely. But like everything else, practice makes perfect.
As the saying goes – life begins at the end of your comfort zone. #gogetem