When I was young I wanted to be an NBA basketball player. That was Plan A. I also wanted to be a performer and entertainer, speaker and figure of influence, but I knew that was a long shot, since so few make a career of that.
Looking back I have to laugh. Making the NBA is way more improbable, but in my young mind it was the way I would go.
Amazing to think that Plan B turned out to be the path for me.
I have found that when someone either doesn’t have the natural talent for a certain ideal (such as my height challenged, speed compromised, lack of jumping ability, etc etc for basketball), that even though we may excel to a certain level (All-State my junior year, baby!), it is obvious I was not MADE to be an NBA player. All the hard work and dedication would not have gotten me even on a decent college team.
If anything it taught me the importance of working so hard at one thing that I could succeed.
Then the stage came calling and the rest is history.
According to a few people I was MADE for stage, performance, speaking, and being in front of people in the capacity I currently find myself. It’s nice to figure these things out eventually.
Think for yourself. If you read this blog you must have stage as a part of your DNA. If you were made for it then good for you.
Now the question is: Which Stage?
As you know, I started on stages as an impersonator in a Las Vegas show, and then branded myself to be The Entertainer, for both corporate and public events, eventually doing every kind of stage, from fairs, to schools, to wartime Afghanistan. Each of these contributed to my current stage as Keynote Speaker and recent Hall of Fame inductee. We all go through different stages and paths to get to the Main Stage where we realize this is what we were made to do!
The other day I had a fascinating call with a very successful Entertainer. For a little backstory, this is a person who has been featured on Ellen, has millions of views on YouTube, has his own Pandora channel, and had a worldwide Chart-Topping album last year of his beautiful piano arrangements, knocked out of the top spot by none other than Enya. In other words, he has done very well for himself.
In our conversation he recounted his challenge and frustration in finding the amount of corporate work he wants to have. After digging further we resolved that he was wanting to take the path I have because I’ve done so much corporate work.
Like any good friend I said to him, “And how I would KILL to have accomplished what you have! Why on earth would you want to do corporate events when you can and should become world-famous?”
We laughed and I’m hopeful he listened. What I recommended for him was Plan B. He is a world-class Entertainer on stage, and where corporate is his focus, my hope is that now he will point all efforts toward another facet of entertainment that will make him a household name.
Most of the time we need someone to tell it like it is or will never figure it out. My hope is that you’ll listen to that person when they make a suggestion that you question, but then realize, hey maybe they have a point.
You may have read my posts long enough to know that it was both a basketball coach named Tony Ingle, as well as a music teacher named Mrs. Hall (who heard me singing in the hall: VIDEO HERE ) who both pointed out to me that my path was different than I thought. Thank goodness I listened to those mentors!
I hope you will, too.
Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, is a Keynote Speaker for the largest corporate events in the world. His primary message, The Promise, is essential for Leadership, Management, Sales, Marketing, Direct-Sales Companies, and is a combination of engagement and entertainment meets inspiration. Jason has even received standing ovations from IT guys. He has been acknowledged as life-changing by Conference Attendees, C-Level Executives and Hollywood Elite. jasonhewlett.com
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