My name is Brandon Wingfield & I’m in your position right now. I’m young, I have ideas, a vision, and a particular path I want to follow. You’re probably trying to figure out what’s the best way to release your creativity out into the world, getting the resources to make your vision a reality, or how to get over the people who are trying to persuade you otherwise. You want to place yourself within an environment that consistently bring out your imagination, makes you want to focus on your goals, and supports you in your endeavors. I want the same thing. I can’t tell you how the successful side is, because I haven’t fully achieved that yet. But I can tell you what I learned about the process of starting out, relieving the weights off your shoulders, and how grateful I feel by moving one step closer at a time.
I’m going to fill you in on something I learned just a year ago, that your vision is already closer than what you think. Just start somewhere & see where it takes you.
Around this time last year, I sat in a reclining chair, staring at the IndieGoGo campaign I’ve just created, & hesitating to pull the trigger on publishing it. The crazy thing is, I didn’t have a product, at all! I was creating a campaign to fund an idea! Crazy right? Well my line of thinking at the time was that somebody, somewhere is willing to throw money at you as long as they believe you have a viable idea. Did it work? Well…….. let’s continue the story.
I published my campaign, trying to raise $3000 over the course of 30 days. I’m probably being called insane by now, but hear me out. I did everything I could to raise the money, Social Media, bugged my family to share the campaign, I even went as far as going on to different companies Facebook pages & promote my campaign in the comments section of their most recent posts! I would keep staring at my campaign page and constantly refresh it to see if I’ve gotten more views or any money. For the 1st two weeks, neither happened. I didn’t expect to get the money that quickly, but I at least thought I’d make some kind of progress. I had gotten some positive comments, likes and shares………but no money. Then something happened.
There was a small get together with a few family members at my uncle’s house at the beginning of the 3rd week. We were all sitting down eating and my uncle shared something with me. He told me that he had shared my campaign with one of his friends, who I later found out owned his own HR Outsourcing firm. Apparently, he was blown away by what I was saying in my campaign (not so much my ideas, but by the passion behind it) & really wanted to meet with me. I was excited by the prospect of meeting with him and the possibility of what I could gain from that meeting……….THEN my uncle threw in a bonus, telling me that his friend also wanted to give me $500 to help me out. SOLD!! WHEN & WHERE DO I MEET HIM?!?!?!?!?! (Didn’t say that out loud, but that was the feeling at that moment.).
Lets fast-forward a few days later, I’ve managed to schedule a 35-45 minute meeting with my uncles friend. I probably should have been nervous, but I really wasn’t. I remember thinking “Everything I need is in my head, I just have to bring it out the best way I can”. I’m usually not the type of person to get nervous about much, I kind of just take things as they go & see what happens. We met, exchanged pleasantries, & I told him what I was trying to achieve. After the meeting was over, I walked out of his office, out of the building, & into my stepdad’s car. He asked me “How did it go?”, I told him that I walked out of the office with a check AND a paid internship to help me out!
Turns out, my assumption was right! This was definitely one of the moments of my life that changed me for the better. I’ve learned so much from that experience & even more since then. Now I’m close to doing what I picture myself doing. I’m still a work in progress, just like everyone else. Looking back now, I’m kind of embarrassed at the profile, but definitely not the outcome. But the main points I wanted to drive home are
- JUST START SOMEWHERE! You’ll grow in the process, whether you’re prepared or not.
- Don’t be afraid to do something a little crazy. Out of that illogical campaign, I got money, a paid internship, & a mentor. You’ll never know……..
- Make sure somebody is listening. There is always someone willing to help you, you just have to reach out to them.
I hope I’ve encouraged someone who is still looking for a way to get to their goal. Be sure to subscribe to The Wingfield Blog & share this with someone to help encourage them.
Thank You for Listening,