I used to think that when someone finally gave me a chance, I’d be ready to step onto the big stage. 

Play with the big dogs. Smash it out of the park with everyone watching.

Foolishly, I’d quietly wait to be chosen, to wait until someone could see past the lack of credibility and acknowledge my inherent genius and capabilities.

But the thing is that unless you do the work, put in the practice, build things, and excel on the small stage, no one is going to ever see nor choose you for the big leagues.

Because if you’ve never walked the walk, you’re actually completely ignorant of what the world is like at a different level. That’s not your fault, but it’s also not a crutch you want to lean on. 

So if you think you’re ready for something bigger, better, or shinier, make sure you’re showing up as if you’re already there. Because that’s the only way you’ll be ready when you actually get that chance.

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