By Jennifer Maggio, Crosswalk.com
Growing Small Ideas into Big Vision
- Remain steadfast. Growth almost always takes time. Sometimes, considerable time. We live in an instant world with a deep desire for instant gratification. There is value in the process. There is value in the mistakes and the lessons that followed. Don’t give up, because you aren’t an overnight success. Put in the time. Remain planted. There are sowing and reaping seasons. Rarely do people experience instant successes. Even so-called “overnight” successes often have traveled the journey for years.
- Never compromise your character. Little things will become big things. Don’t steal the stapler. Don’t fudge the numbers. Don’t exaggerate the benefits of your product. Don’t manipulate to get a sale. Remember those values that are most important to you. Don’t be one person on-the-job and another off-the-job. People will always appreciate you being a person of high integrity. Treat people the way you want to be treated, regardless of how they treat you. Don’t gossip about co-workers, other women, the boss, or the competition. Go the extra mile. These things will matter. There will be times when “they” lie. If you grow, you will become subject to more scrutiny. New level, new devil, as they say. There’s truth to that. If you can’t handle the small things, you won’t be able to handle the big things.
- Relationship development matters. Treat people kindly, even when you don’t need them. Everyone is a builder of your business, your brand, your vision. The conversations you have with people develop your diversity of thought. The weird interactions you have, develop your sense of humor. The kindness you exhibit will matter. Take the time to get to know people, not numbers. Don’t try to constantly sell someone something. Just be present with them in that moment. Just love who they have been created to be. Enjoy the interaction. It will build to other things.
- There is room in the market for you (and your competitors). This one may not be as popular an idea, because, of course, all of us want the market share on our businesses. If we are speakers, we want to book more engagements than other authors. If we run nonprofits, we want a bigger share of donor dollars. If we are real estate sales personnel, we want to sell more homes. I get it. But you are put on this earth for a specific purpose. You have a purpose and calling. You are uniquely and wonderfully made. You have a specific set of talents & skills that make you uniquely you. That means that you don’t have to be intimidated by the competition or even feel threatened in any way. In fact, you can be friends with others in the same field. You can have friendly competition and celebrate their victories.
- Do what you know to do and then learn something new. You will never master the business you are in. Moms, you will never master parenting. Teachers, there will always be another skill you can gain. We all have growth opportunities. Take two self-improvement workshops a year. Attend a marriage retreat if you are married. Get involved in a Bible study that stretches & sharpens you. Always be growing & learning.
- Be confident and humble. Confidence and humility can co-exist. But so can confidence and pride. Humility says, I know I didn’t get here on my own. My success is because of many around me and a God in heaven who created me. I am thankful and grateful. However, you can still look people in the eye, be direct, and do so in a loving way. Humble is not insecurity. Humility is honest gratitude. Insecurity is meek and unsure and lack of eye contact. You have something to offer.
Jennifer Maggio is an award-winning author and speaker, whose personal journey through homelessness, abuse, and multiple teen pregnancies is leaving audiences around the globe riveted. At 19, Maggio was pregnant for the fourth time, living in government housing on food stamps and welfare. She shares with great openness, her pain, mistakes, and journey to find hope in Christ. She ultimately became an 11-time Circle of Excellence winner in Corporate America. While a vocal advocate for abstinence, and sustaining today's marriages, Maggio recognizes that single parenthood exists and is passionate about seeing these parents thrive. She left her corporate successes behind to launch a global initiative to see single moms living a life of total freedom from financial failures, parenting woes, and emotional issues. Her passion is contagious, and her story has been used to inspire thousands around the globe. Today, Jennifer works to ensure that no single mom walks alone as the founder of the national profit, The Life of a Single Mom. For more information and resources, visit the website HERE.