I read this post by Gala Darling a couple of weeks back on the subject and signification of choosing yourself. She reinforces that, since we live in the digital age, we don’t need someone to discover us to make our wildest dreams come true. You can reach your dreams all by yourself. I think she is right and she writes most intelligent and encouraging on the subject.
I thought I would continue on this topic and give you a list of people to be inspired by that have in fact picked themselves and in some capacity by using modern technology:
Marie Forleo – Marie had a dream to teach other women about business, how to create a better life and marketing. On the side of her coaching business she started her own channel on YouTube, which now has a huge world wide following.
Russel Brand – this high octane comedian and actor started his own channel called Trews on YouTube to start sharing the news but in a “truth” format/angle. I suspect this is after getting sick of being exposed to to much news in the State in particular, he wanted to distribute facts and news on topics that he is passionate about. Such as poverty, environment and similar.
Oprah – after resigning from the ABC Network she started OWN, her own network.
Nubby Twiglet - she picked herself, her dream and started her very own agency. She picked herself, and her dreams instead of working for others and is now crafting her own fate and making a mark in the industry. It all started with her personal blog, and she is now taking on clients from all over the world.
Gala Darling – obviously since she has published her book by herself, co-founded Blogacademy and started her blog, which are all hugely successful. All online.
Tools to make your dreams come true
Leverage the power of the online world by starting small. Here is a list of a few tools that you can set-up today, all available online:
Do you have a dream about a book deal? Publish your own book with Blurb.
Do you dream about your own magazine? Get it out there with Issuu.
Have any other item to sell. such as a theme, a plug-in or even your own CD’s? Try GumRoad.
Want to start freelancing but are scared to take the leap. Start slowly by getting involved in a project with Blur.
Start your own tv-show on Youtube.
Start a newsletter on a topic you are madly in love with with MailChimp.
Start a blog on something you are passionate about with WordPress.
No inspiration? or too many talents to choose from? then get on hitReCord and find a project to team up on and add your creative flair to it.
To add a cherry on the top, check out this abundant list from Wall Street Journal with articles on the topic of why small business can actually compete with big giants.
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