So, what’s with the Big Shoes?

by Dale

I get asked that a lot. So, instead of keeping you in the dark, I’ll explain.

Although it was the best decision I ever made, going out on my own was a bit terrifying at the time. I knew I had to scare myself to death – well, maybe just hovering on the edge of death…I tried to think of something that would be a mental and physical challenge that could teach me to face down those growling fears. It is somewhat ironic that the idea I came up with was something I had always wanted my boys to do – Outward Bound (www.outwardbound.org) Naturally, having their mother suggest such a thing was the absolute kiss of death but the idea of the challenge drew me in me and I signed up.

I did take myself to the outside edge of my fear and realized that it was all in my curly head. And it was a life changing experience mainly because it taught me that whenever I get rattled, I can go back to that one moment at treetop level in the pouring rain, climbing a pole and finishing the high ropes course. I faced down my worst fear of the moment – heights and came through fine.

Big Shoes is a metaphor for stepping into a bigger place. I am a marketing consultant who teaches entrepreneurs in professional services how to become highly visible and attractive to their target clients. Most entrepreneurs and business owners tend to do the same thing as everyone else – we’re all still in 7th grade ! When they are ready to wear their Big Shoes – they start to enjoy standing out for what they do best- and get noticed for it.

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