The 30-Day Writing & Publishing Project, Day 15: Find Your Creative Cheerleaders

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. ~Mark Twain

When you’re doing something no one in your immediate circle has done – no family, no friends, no colleagues – it’s important to find people who believe in your dream, and if you’re lucky, can help you along the way.

When I decided back in 2009 I wanted to find a way to never have to work for anyone else, ever again – and that the way I was going to get there was to “make something happen online” – no one in my immediate family, and not many of my friends, had much understanding of what a “blog” even was. And I couldn’t think of a single person I personally knew who had considered leaving the 9-5 world to start their own business.

Then I fell into the online rabbit hole, and found kindred spirits.  Lots of them. People who had already done what I wanted to do, and had achieved success at it.

These were people who were building an audience online, running a successful business based on their natural talents, skills, gifts and abilities, making a fantastic living, and enjoying the kind of freedom you’re simply not allowed when you work a 9-5.

Not that it’s all unicorns and rainbows, of course. But I’ll take the pros and cons that come from being in charge of my own destiny and doing my own thing, work-wise, over the pros and cons in the 9-5 world any, any day.

Even if you don’t know these “mentors” personally, simply being exposed to them and seeing what they’ve accomplished makes you feel like maybe, just maybe, you can do it too. They become your creative cheerleaders in absentia, through the act of demonstrating their success online.

Because if it’s possible for anyone, it’s possible for you. And for me.

So here’s a short list of my “cheerleaders” (in no particular order). People or companies I admire for their business skills, their accomplishments, and the lessons and strategies they’ve taught me through their products and programs, lessons that have in turn helped me achieve many of my own business dreams:

:: Ash Ambirge

:: Danielle LaPorte

:: Linda Sivertsen

:: American Writers & Artists Inc. (AWAI)

:: Beautiful Writers Group

:: Freelance Writers Den

:: Naomi Dunford

:: Marie Forleo

:: Selena Soo

:: Fizzle

:: Ben Settle

Without the knowledge these wise folks shared, without doing what they do online and making me feel like I could do it too, I’m not sure I would have had the audacity to believe I could make my dreams a reality and create a business I love.

Creative cheerleaders, so important.