Knowing how to be your own advocate is as simple as CYA but applied in a much more intense fashion; more global, in reference to your survival and growth as a businessperson or leader of any sort.
Nobody is going to care as much about your success and forward momentum as you.
No one’s going to ride in on a white horse and save you from failure, mediocrity, or inertia in the nick of time. It’s up to you to rescue yourself from those three things.
Your ability to do so will then draw folks who will seemingly save you in the earlier way mentioned but in truth, they’ll just be backing the effort they see you now putting forth.
They’ll see you as a wise investment of their time and money and wish to see you succeed.
But you must make the first move and you must do so many times
Don’t wait to be saved. Start researching online and networking in person to find the resources you may need to move forward.
There are many groups and entities who can assist you if you can find them but they’re not going to send a flyer to your front stoop alerting you of their presence. OK. Maybe, but it’ll be once in a blue moon.
If you’re getting resistance from some other entity, don’t wait for someone to pity you and assist.
Find a person or business better leveraged than you, that may be fighting this same problem and join forces with them as a way to win this battle. You be an ally to them and offer your help first, then win as the partnership wins.
Help yourself! Don’t wait to be helped!
Just by attempting to do this, and by doing the research, the help you need will most definitely arrive. But you must ACT and do so FIRST. This is how you CYA and this is how you actively advocate on your own behalf.
Give yourself the permission and the power to be your own savior. It is empowering and its enactment will get you the result you want. You will not be left on your own for long.
The people who will eventually help you will want to you to earn their help first. You are going to be surprised many times, by who these people may turn out to be. You have no idea who’s watching you day to day, reading your blog posts, or eavesdropping on your conversations.
Your next greatest ally may already be waiting to help you. Prove to him or her that you deserve that help by not being complacent or nurturing a victim mentality.
Be strong until the reinforcements arrive…no matter how long it takes…like a Marine would. Like I would.
The photographer of this post’s featured photo: Clem Onojeghuo