The missing ingredient is us

Do you know what is missing for your success?

Driving home from our District Toastmaster training (TLI) in Overland Park, I was talking to a friend of mine about a variety of topics. One that came up was about what we have learned in our studies of professional speakers, and if there was just one missing ingredient to make us more successful.

One of us commented that maybe, just maybe, the missing ingredient was us. Don’t get me wrong, we all have things to learn and we can all improve our knowledge. I’m talking about the “secret ingredient” that many of us think is out there; if we just buy this one self-study course or get a little more coaching, then things would be different.


The missing ingredient is us.

I don’t mean to imply that those things can’t help, or that they won’t lead to improvement. What I’m suggesting is that those external items won’t spark a change, only you can do that.

Take the next step yourself: write that blog post, give that speech at Toastmasters, or create that product to sell. As Seth Godin says, ship something. Once you’ve done that, then look at how you can tweak the next version.

You are what’s missing. And it’s no secret…

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