Kevin Bell

You'll Miss Greatness While You're Waiting To Be Ready

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Success is the culmination of the many moments in your life that you aren’t ready for, but you work through anyway.

Greatness doesn’t just happen and overnight successes are never overnight.

It’s the hundreds, thousands millions or maybe even billions of moments every single day that are tough, frustrating, scary, uncomfortable, even unknown; that you still figure out how to handle.

I truly believe that when you THINK you’re ready, you actually should have done something a long time ago.

I say this because I’ve lived it. Time after time after time. I’m still living it, still trying to figure it out and lean into those moments where I feel unprepared. It doesn’t ever seem to get easier, but I do believe I am getting better.

One of those moments just happened. A first for me that I was truly blown away by. I also felt very undeserving and less than qualified. But against the voice of “the resistance” as Steven Pressfield would call it, I agreed and went for it.

I was a guest on a podcast for the first time HERE.

The way this came about was again, just one moment leading to the next, leading to a message in my inbox.

I belong to a Self Storage networking community where I made a post one day. And like I said, the post itself was another one of those times that I had to step into the unknown and put myself out there.

I’ve been at the storage game for a little while now. We have a facility in Kansas and have built a fairly substantial acquisitions team to keep the needle moving. We started with NOTHING though. We are far from where we want to be, but I’m proud of the progress we’ve made thus far.

The post I made was sharing our process with the community. Nothing to sell, not wanting anything in return, simply sharing tips and tricks that I wish I would’ve known when I started. If you want to see what the actual post said, I re-posted it HERE

To my surprise, the responses were incredible! So many people emailed me just to chat about storage and to share their own story. JUST that was win. But then I got a message that I certainly didn’t expect. Not at least until WAY later down the line… you know, when I’ve “made it” or something… 🤷🏻‍♂️

But there it was, a DM asking me if I wanted to be on a podcast. ME?! As a guest on a podcast?! I was stoked to say the least! But then the doubt sunk in. I’m nobody. I’m not doing anything special. I’m not “there” yet. I don’t have a good podcast set up. I’m busy…. And the list goes on. I kept the conversation going with the podcaster for a while just pushing it back further and further and further.

Then finally, I snapped out of it. How? Honestly there were a handful of things that led to me leaning into the uncomfortable for this situation, but the main thing being that I refuse to settle for average. I’m working to do BIG things here and and the only way that these big things are going to be possible is if I battle the resistance.

Side note: I keep referring to “the resistance”. That might not make sense to you. BUT if you’re at all resonating with anything that I’m saying about the self doubt, read “The War Of Art” and “Turning Pro” by Steven Pressfield. These will help.

Finally I was on his calendar and awaiting my podcast debut. But I wasn’t home free yet.

The day of the podcast was going to be crazy. I was able to snag a 9:15am recording time, but the timing was going to be TIGHT.

The day looked like this. Get up at 5am and workout before the girls get up. Once the girls are up by 7:30, get them ready and out the door for school. Drop 1 off by 8:45, then shoot across town to drop the other off by 9… see where I’m going with this? Ya, TIGHT.

I dropped #2 off and tried to shoot back home, but there was freaking construction! Seriously?! I logged into zoom with my phone at 9:15 in the car as I was a few minutes from the house. Taylor Loht, the host, hopped on and I apologized for being in my car and asked for a few minutes to get home and get set up.

THANKFULLY, I had set up the podcast studio (my closet) the night before so that I was all good to go knowing this timing would be tight.

I got home, got settled and was off to the races.

Overall, I am ecstatic about this first podcast appearance. Truthfully I still think that I’m not “there” yet, wherever “there” is, but it’s a start and I’m looking forward to the next one.

The intent of this article today was this 👇

You might feel that you’re not (FILL IN THE BLANK)

What you have to realize is that those feelings are standing between you and GREATNESS. Being ready, prepared, “there” or important are NOT requirements for success. It’s a lie that will destroy your dreams.

Stop trying to be ready. “Ready” may never come… It’d be a shame to miss greatness while you’re waiting for ready.

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