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2 steps to building your success pack. (The first step is easy.)

During a talk at World Domination Summit 2016, speaker Charlie Gilkey stated that every successful person has a team behind them. Charlie calls this team a Success Pack, and it consists of Guides, Peers, Supporters, and Beneficiaries.  These are people who inspire, educate, and support you as you work on achieving your goals.

Guides are people who are blazing the trail (maybe a little ways, maybe waaaay out) ahead of you. They’re the folks you turn to when you feel overwhelmed and don’t know what to do next. They serve as inspiration and education. They represent the light at the end of your creative tunnel.

Step One: Write down your Success Pack

Charlie challenged us to write out our list of individuals who are in our personal Success Pack. So I looked around my life (my social media feeds, my bookshelf, my social circles) and wrote down the people who most consistently and positively influence my work today.

That was the easy part.

Step Two: Let them know

Step two is telling the people in your Success Pack that they’re in it. This one tripped me up because I feared coming off as a total spazz. But I went ahead and reached out to each person on my list and shared with them a link to this post, with a brief explanation.

I’ve been fortunate to meet a few of my Guides in person, but all of their work inspires me almost daily. Through their knowledge, determination, hustle and kindness, they provide me with so much truth and light. I hereby declare the following individuals to be my Success Pack Guides:

Charlie Gilkie is founder of Productive Flourishing, which helps people to finish projects that matter to them, stay focused, and take action every day.
A favorite Charlie Gilkie quote: “Have the confidence to take up the space that the universe is holding for you.”

Elizabeth Gilbert, world-famous author and big-hearted creator, continues to search for honesty, even when it hurts the most. I stand in awe of her literary talent, emotional bravery, and all-around BIGness.
A favorite Liz Gilbert quote (from “Big Magic”): “You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.”

Chase Reeves is a founder at Fizzle, an online community that offers courses, coaching, and an active online forum to help you build a business you care about. Not only is Chase knowledgeable about content marketing and building an ethical business online, he’s relentlessly irreverent — proving that you don’t have to be a stick-in-the-mud to be a successful business guy or gal.  And I sleep better at night know that after the Apocalypse, we can repopulate the world with the wacky cast of characters that live in Chase’s and my heads!

Pete Adeney (aka Mr. Money Mustache) saved enough money to retire by the age of 30. Pete is a firm believer in hard work, frugality, and discomfort as the path to a good, examined life. He reminds me that driving everywhere (instead of walking or biking where possible) is bad for the planet, and that luxury is an addictive drug. Pete’s badassery reminders me to keep striving to put my money where my values are.
A good MMM quote: “Luxury is best appreciated as a strong and interesting contrast to, rather than the fabric of, your daily life.”

Chris Guillebeau is the creator of World Domination Summit, a gathering of entrepreneurs and creatives that centers around adventure, service, and community. Two of Chris’ books, “The Happiness of Pursuit” and “The Art of Non-Conformity,” helped me gain traction when I was desperate to get unstuck. He’s a quiet leader who dares me to ask, “How can I live a remarkable life in a conventional world?”

Rob Hardies is the minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, DC. He’s smart, funny, and soulful. He’s a gay white man who leads a multi-generational, multi-racial congregation of people from a multitude of religions and beliefs. He challenges us to think, to question, and to do the hard work of connecting with each other across our differences.
My favorite Unitarian joke: Why do Unitarians sing hymns so slowly? Because they’re trying to figure out if they believe the words. (This is funny because it is literally true.)

It’s been a surprisingly moving experience to acknowledge the people that inspire me most and to take the time to thank them. So thank you all! Special thanks to Charlie for challenging me to do it! Next up, my Peers and Supporters.

So, dear reader:
Who’s in your Success Pack?
How are you going to tell them?

4 thoughts on “2 steps to building your success pack. (The first step is easy.)

    • Cat says:

      Charlie – Thanks for stopping by, and for challenging me and so many others to create their own personal success pack. It’s been a helpful part of my process of thinking about what support I have and need to go forward with my projects. Standing tall and getting shit done!

    • Cat says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Helen! I’m glad you’re going to give it a go. What’s your deadline, and how are you going to tell your people?

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