Nothing increases opportunities, like being the one to go first. Don’t care what it is, when the question arises, throw your mitt in the air and say pick me. I’m going first and damn the torpedoes. Stand-up, move forward, initiate the action, answer the call, set your doubts aside, and jump right in.
Let risk fall where it may. DO NOT let doubt and fear coddle you into the perceived safety of sitting on your hands, averting your eyes and whistling a chorus or two of Yankee Doodle Dandy. The incentive of going first is immeasurable both short term and long term. The rewards are always greater than the perceived security of sitting on the sidelines waiting for someone else to be the first to put their toe in the water. Rewards abound, it doesn’t matter if the experience was a brilliant success or an abysmal failure. The World Class know regardless the outcome, there are real benefits to being the one to go first. Be secure in knowing the downside to being first-out-of-the-gate is negligible and long-term inconsequential 99.9% of the time. Great odds yet hesitation can still prevail.
When you do decide to go first, are you going to excel every time? Will there be times that you feel embarrassed or find yourself subject to ridicule? Of course, it happens. Minor humiliation aside it’s in the trying that you have the opportunity to stand out. It’s your willingness to go first that moves you to the head of the pack. Going first means you are an outlier, one who is ready to differentiate from the rest of the room.
Going first is typically not for the faint of heart. Being first takes emotional fortitude. It takes the courage found within those secure in their strengths and abilities, yet curious enough to embrace experiential learning and radical enough to try. Middle-class performers naturally and instinctively gravitate to the safety of the pack, the gang at the back of the room.
Going first takes you from being known as someone with a modicum of experience to “leader” classification. The expert, the one brave enough to go first. The World Class, assess the risk, understand the reward, solidify the experience, and don’t hesitate to jump in. They are the first in the pool, it’s not for the faint of heart, being first is for the World Class.
Acknowledge the opportunity as soon as you see it and be the first to move in on it.
Go first ~ Think World Class