Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. Galatians 6:4
A few months ago I was having lunch with Jeff Tobe, a professional speaker, asking him questions about the speaking industry. In giving me advice for getting into the industry, he told me a story. When he lived in Texas, he went to a National Speakers Association meeting. The guest speaker that day just happened to be a man named Zig Ziglar. Zig’s advice that day would change Jeff’s life.
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Jeff asked him how he could become a successful speaker. Zig looked at him and said, “Jeff, become an all-star where you’re at. When you become an all-star in your industry, people will seek you out to speak within your industry. Once you do that for a few years, other people will take notice, and before you know it, you’ll be speaking all over the world.”
Jeff took his advice, he became an all-star, started speaking in his industry, and now speaks all over the world.
Become an All-Star where you are at!
That is a lesson I will take with me wherever I go. Too often I find myself dreaming of where I could be and where I want to be instead of focusing on becoming the best I can be in what I’m doing right now. However, I am learning that if I don’t become all I can be where I am at, I’ll never become all I can be five, ten, or twenty years down the road. That goes for you too.
Are you focused on where you want to be ten years from now or are you focused on becoming an all-star where you are at?