I’m a master of the follow-up.
It isn’t that I don’t feel the twinge of fear when I do it, or that I don’t question myself. I do. I ask myself how annoying I must be or try to convince myself that if they really wanted to do the thing they ‘ya sure’d’ me with, they would follow- up with me.
But I know that they won’t. Even if it’s something they really want to do. So, I simply ask myself after worrying about it to death, what do I have to lose?
Most of the time the answer is nothing. So, I send out my follow-up and wait. I’ve sent many follow-ups to the same person.
You’re probably cringing right now and asking your computer why I can’t take a hint.
Because I care about what I’m trying to give to the world. More than I care about what people think of me because of it.
It’s called passion. If you haven’t found it yet, you will. Until then, practice asking and following-up.
Also, I know, people don’t care (and never will) as much as I do about this project. Even if they want to help, it isn’t on the forefront of their mind. They aren’t losing sleep thinking about the million different ways to reach people. They don’t uplift their lives to work on my project.
And they shouldn’t. Because it’s something I own. It’s my house. And no one cares as much about YOUR house as their OWN.
So, their lives get busy. People forget or they lose track of time or they think I’m just being light about it. It isn’t their job to follow-up with me. It’s my job to follow-up with them.
If you want to make something happen, you have to be in charge. You have to do. No one is going to make it happen for you. Period.
That means I put myself on the line. I ask for the response. I ask for the time. I try to make it as easy as I can. I work with my schedule and time to make things happen as much as possible.
I ask. And ask again.
Asking, especially when you’re just starting out, is essential. People are your power. Whether they are purchasing from you, listening to you, hiring you. There is always a “they”. Put yourself out there. If they say no? So what. You move on and ask someone else.
Build your house.