I started my business a few months prior to graduating from grad school. With fourteen years of corporate experience and a doctorate in the psychology of business I knew I could make a positive difference for others. I excitedly called the person I thought was my mentor. I explained my business idea and talked about the website I was having built. The silence was so long I thought the call had dropped. I was just about to say “hello?” when he responded, “What makes you think you have the right to call yourself an expert?” I thought the question was to help create my elevator pitch. But then he followed it with, “You haven’t paid your dues yet.” In that moment he went from a supportive cheerleader of my success to someone who viewed me as a competitor and seemed oddly threatened by me.
I got off the phone very shaken. What had happened to the man who had been supporting and championing me for the last year plus? Did I really not have something useful to offer?
Fortunately I didn’t listen to him or the nagging inner critic he helped create. Instead I believed in the positive difference I knew I could make and worked on my elevator pitch.
It is only in recent years and with the many thank you’s of presentation attendees, readers of my books and clients that I have realized that I don’t have the “right”. Keeping my knowledge and expertise to myself would be selfish. What I have is an obligation to share what I know so others can use it to be successful.
So tell me, what gives you the right?
As always, I wish you the MOST from your potential!
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." – Vincent Van Gogh
Dr. Robyn Odegaard (aka “Doc Robyn”) is internationally known motivational speaker, executive coach and corporate trainer. As CEO of Champion Performance Development, she works with executives, professionals, athletes, and coaches to help them achieve excellence in all aspects of life through active leadership, powerful teamwork, effective communication, Productive Conflict™ and professional disagreement skills. She is the founder of the Stop The Drama! Campaign and author of the books Stop The Drama! The Ultimate Guide to Female Teams and The Ultimate Guide to Handling Every Disagreement Every Time. To work with her one-on-one, have her present to your team, request a custom workshop or invite her to speak at your event, please call 302-307-3091 or contact her here.