Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking with Sam Davidson, the highly esteemed entrepreneur, blogger, public speaker and generally awesome dude. For anyone not familiar with his work, I cannot urge you enough to subscribe to his blog.
Of the many insights he shared in our conversation, three really stood out:
1. The more you’ve done off the stage, the more you can share while you are on it.
Anyone can stand up and read a prepared speech to a captive audience (or tow the company line in a meeting). The most compelling speakers convey their message by sharing something of their personal experience to help you find a deeper meaning.
2. The work has to be for you.
Before the world can fall in love with the work you do, you have to love to do it without expectation. Do the work with persistence because you love it and the world will find it.
3. You can never have enough friends in the world.
Sam has achieved tremendous success in his life and has significant demands on his time. He has already made many important connections with important people. Yet, he took the time to have an in-depth conversation with me in the middle of the day. He seemed more eager to hear my story than to tell his own.
My conversation with Sam reaffirms my belief that, if you put yourself out there, the universe will respond.