Sometimes, I feel the pressure to be funny all the time. If social media is a dance, then humor is the lady who brought me through the door. But I want to write business books that help people chase their dreams too and classes that dare you to hustle. And poetry. And tweets that are about none of the above. But then I remember my training in branding. People need to know who you are. They need to know what you’re all about. If you can’t clearly communicate that, they won’t know what to do with you. So, who are you?

Recently, my friend Bryan asked me, “Why haven’t you told more people about the 5 ways they can say no idea you wrote?” I responded, “Did I write that?” He laughed and we started talking about what happens when you blog a lot. You “lose” whole sections of content. Things that you worked your butt off on get lost in the ether of a blog. No one goes back months and months to read your content. So what was valuable, just gets covered up and forgotten. Bryan had stumbled onto something he thought was useful. I wrote about how hard it is for me to say no. He thought other people, more than the people that read it the day it came out, needed to see it. Then he gave me a dare.

(For the first time in my 10+ years of blogging, I've asked other writers to add their voices on a more consistent basis to this blog. The first person I connected with Casey Lewis. I've known him for a few years now and have always appreciated the honesty and creativity he uses in his writing. I think he's going to add a great new angle to the conversation we're having about chasing our dreams. I'm excited he's going to be sharing more of his thoughts more often and I think you'll see why with the post he wrote today! - Jon)   dock 3 I took a leap of faith way too soon. Here's what I learned. - By Casey Lewis It’s nice to think we can make a giant leap of faith toward a dream and that everything turns out great. That all the pieces will fall into place perfectly. That we get to keep all of our relationships in tact and that we won’t face any struggles on the way. We stand on the shore thinking about the fun we could be having on the water, so we leap. Those who risk it all in order to win stories are the ones that we root for. They’re the ones that get made into fictional books and movies. I took that leap. When I wrote my first book I had 27 followers on Twitter, 220 friends on Facebook, and a blog that received 200 page views a month. In the previous 12 months I had 6 different speaking opportunities, none of them were paid gigs. I had personally coached 62 people on their finances and helped them pay off a combined $400,000 in debt, only 5 of them paid me. But a month before my first book released I decided to take that leap of faith. I quit my day job and started focusing 100% on my dream.

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