Tip Over That First Domino!

dominos-fallingTodd Manzi, a friend whom I had met at the gym we both frequented, had established a small marketing agency about the time I was starting out as a freelance writer, hungry for work. He asked me to help write an ad for a local building contractor.

The day after the ad was printed in the local newspaper, I dropped off a resume and samples (including the hot-off-the-press ad) at a nearby marketing agency. Half an hour later, the creative director called and said she had been impressed by the ad and had wondered who had written it. She hired me to write a lively corporate history for a client of hers, which I used as a sample to open doors with other potential clients. I also repurposed that corporate history project into an article for a local business magazine.

Years later, I was actually able to trace a number of important projects back to that first ad I did for Todd. One referral led to another, which led to another, and soon I was in business.

You never know who’s going to see the work you put out in the world. Or who’s going to recommend you down the road based on an act of kindness you initiated for someone in need. Or who’s going to read your blog and send you a nice e-mail that will make your day (no, that’s not a hint . . . oh, wait, yes it is).

Just for fun, I sent copies of my new book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, to a variety of celebrities. I didn’t ask anything of them, I just wrote that I hoped they enjoyed it. My hope was that at least one of them would mention my book in a way that would raise awareness about it, but I certainly couldn’t count on that. It was simply a viral marketing strategy that I thought was worth a shot.

I’ve since received a wonderful phone call from a major league baseball manager and nice handwritten notes from a well-known sportscaster, a couple of prominent college basketball coaches and Martin Sheen, an actor I’ve long admired. Finding a nice surprise like that in the mail really perked up my day!

The point is, keep putting yourself out there. Reach out to people. Send samples of your work to people whom you admire.  Network at business events. Write comments on blogs. Volunteer. Review books on Amazon.com. Whatever. Just start engaging more with the world. You’ll be delighted at what comes back to you when you least expect it.


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12 Responses to “Tip Over That First Domino!”

  1. Sheila Says:

    Thanks Phil. I love your inspiring posts. I imagine them as little energy bundles going out to the world to inspire and help others.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Sheila! I always look forward to your comments.

  3. Todd Manzi Says:

    Thanks for the nice memory Phil. The other part of the equasion is maintaining relationships. You are the best at that. Out of all the people we met at the gym we frequented, you are the only one I am contact with on a regular basis. Thanks very much for putting in the time and energy to keep us together.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Well said, Todd. It’s all about relationships. And thanks again for your help way back when. I might not be where I am today if it hadn’t been for you.

  5. Kim Wencl Says:

    Right on Phil. The hardest part is being brave enough to put yourself out there … but once you do, amazing things happen!

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    RIght you are, Kim. Funny, but once you take that first step, bravery has nothing to do with it. It’s fun!

  7. Deb Reilly Says:

    Hi Phil,

    This seems like a good place to tell you how much I enjoyed your book!

    Though each insightful story gave me something to think about, there was one that left me hanging. It took me a while to realize what was bothering me. I recognized a trait I don’t like in myself in one of your contributors. (The old plank in the eye thing). Meditating on it, I was able to let it go.

    Great blog today. Thanks.

  8. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’m glad you liked “Sixty Seconds,” Deb! Thank you for your kind words!

  9. Laura Neff Says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Phil!

    You have such a clear way of telling a story. I love how intentional and deliberate you were in the process of using what you’d created to open doors, while at the same time, sending your work out to the world and trusting/being open to whatever came next. I describe it as doing the cha-cha with the Universe…when I show up as a dance partner with equal parts action & trust, good things always come of it and doors do keep opening, sometimes in the strangest places.

    Glad we’ve connected on Twitter & that I found your blog!

    (aka @LifeLdrshpCoach)

  10. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Laura! Yes, I love sending things out into the world and seeing what comes back. Lots of nice surprises!

  11. Kate Says:

    Thanks for the reminder about how generosity and letting go of outcomes can serve what we’re here to do.

  12. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You’re welcome, Kate. It’s all too easy to forget that when we’re in the midst of things.

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