We have all heard this term before. The snippy little guy or girl that walks around thinking he/she knows everything. I have to admit, I am just over 5'3 and I have the Little Woman Syndrome. But in a different way.
In life and in business, we are always taught that it is "who we know" that matters, and not "what we know". We are taught that we must continuously be networking and associating ourselves with people who are in a position higher than us, and can help "take us to the next level". To all of you out there that still have this sad mentality, let me break it down for you, because times have changed. Now don't get me wrong here, building relationships in life and in business is one of the key factors of success. But REAL true relationships are what matters.
Old-timers, let me introduce you to the new generation of entrepreneurs, activists, and leaders. The little men and women who have big ideas and dreams of making a difference. We don't know the right people, we don't have the notebook of people who can hand us opportunities, and we tend to focus on networking with like minded individuals. Let me give you a couple examples of how digital media has changed the game.
1. Youtube. Justin Bieber. Period. ( I am not going to discuss him any further, but you get my point)
2. Twitter. The Single Woman , Mandy Hale . Blogger turned hit author Mandy Hale is affectionately known around the world as “The Single Woman.” Invited by Oprah to cover her “Lifeclass: the Tour” events in St. Louis and New York City as part of OWN’s “VIP Press Corps” in 2012, and featured at the Women of Faith conference in Hartford, Connecticut, Mandy has also been named a “Twitter Powerhouse” by the Huffington Post, a “Woman of Influence” by the Nashville Business Journal, and a “Single in the City” by Nashville Lifestyles magazine. She has also been a featured in Forbes magazine, the Huffington Post, and on Glamour.com. With followers from all over the world, Mandy has made a name for herself as the voice of empowerment and sassiness for single women across the globe.
Both the Biebs and Mandy Hale were the little man and little woman. But they built a following. A true grass roots following based on their authenticity and TRUE talents. Biebs had never met with a huge record execs when Usher discovered him. He sang a song, put it on Youtube, and people listened. Mandy is a true inspiration. Because all she did was begin speaking from her heart about what she experiences day to day as a single woman. Needless to say, there are many single women in the world who became inspired by her encouraging words, and the following was created and continues to grow.
10-15 years ago, one would have to get a record deal or a publishing deal to even get close to putting out an album or publishing a book, or be invited to hang with Oprah. But not anymore y'all. Oprah is calling Mandy. Usher is calling The Biebs. Its a total flip flop world these days. Hell, I'm sometimes shocked at the people who call me or ring my doorbell on a Saturday morning asking what in the world is going on with Katie Hill.
A movement starts from the bottom up. Movements occur in numbers by a group of individuals who share the same passions and interests. These interests are not driven by money, they are driven by the desire to make a positive change or impact others lives in a positive way. One person may lead that movement, but they can't do it alone. The internet has made it so much easier to build these movements. I have to say I have recieved at least 5-10 emails or messages in the past week regarding Katie Hill. We are all the same type of individuals. They are sometimes shocked that I respond so quickly and I want to meet for lunch or dinner and talk. I am most likely more excited to meet them, then they are to meet me. I want to know what drives them, what motivates them about this area, and it really makes my heart smile to see that I am not the only crazy one out here going against the grain and the norm. They are my neighbors and they are experiencing the same things I am. I am connected to them almost like brothers and sisters and I want to protect them, and in some way feel obligated to at this point.
As little people, we we will ALWAYS face bigger problems than the bigger, cool, privileged kids. I have been very complimentary to the North Precinct the past few months for attending our meetings and listening to my concerns. But in some ways, I feel like I am beating my head on a wall, In my business, I have to listen to what problems my clients have, come up with solutions, and then execute. That is exactly what has to get better with Katie Hill and crime suppression. We really need help, and the more people I can get on board expressing our concerns, the more serious we will be taken. Right now, I feel a bit discouraged and I've got to put more focus on it.
I am not afraid to speak my mind and I have nothing to lose, and only to gain. If you don't like what I have to say or how I say it, plug your ears. I have learned in life, if I take a few risks and I continue doing the right thing, God will always provide because He knows my heart. He built me the way I am. Every now and again, I deserve to get my hand slapped, but I will get the job done. I am doing His work and sometimes that takes a little risk and making my own way vs. getting tied up in the political jargon that comes along with this. I think about Jesus dying on the cross and what he stood for. He suffered selflessly for me. The least I can do for my community is fight for what is right and what we deserve and be the voice for those who have not yet spoken or don't know what to say. LITTLE PEOPLE UNITE. :-)
Lynclair - the little woman
…. with big dreams ;-)