The year is ending – Christmas is approaching – and there’s still time to change your life.
Let this story about an ordinary girl captivate your imagination.
WHAT MAKES PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU by Jomar Hilario
Once there was a girl who grew up walking.
She wasn’t good at reading or writing.
And knew only the words her parents taught her.
But she knew how to walk very well.
Every day she walked.
Come ride with us, they would say.
I’ll walk. Was her reply.
One day she grew restless and decided.
“What if I walk the whole town?”
So she did.
Up down valleys and hills and plains.
When she finished, nobody noticed.
“This town’s too small.”, She said.
What if I walk to the next city and walk around there?
So off she went.
Her old town was just about to disappear from the horizon when she looked back.
“Wait! How can I get back home?
What if I get lost?”
She looked around and saw many pieces of wood.
“I know, I’ll make a trail, like that hansel guy in the fairy tales.”
She picked the large, long pieces of wood – at least three feet long and put one on her path.
Every few steps, she would lay down one piece of wood.
If she ran out, she would find more and go back to her wood lined path.
This slowed her down.
But now she knows she can find her way back.
This went on until she reached the city.
And she started doing the same thing around the city.
This was a long time ago, so the city was still full of trees.
She never ran out of wood to put on her path.
This time, people did notice the line of wood on the ground.
This made them curious.
“What is this line of wood?”
Some started following it to see where it would end.
A few days later, the girl looked back at her trail of wood.
She was shocked to find – people were following her!
Later -when these people were interviewed – they explained why they followed her:
“I was curious – what was she doing?”
“I wanted to know where this all wood lead!”
“I want to meet the person who has so much persistence!”
“I was always looking for someone to follow!”
“I wanted to ask the wood-layer – if he can pass by my house and put some wood there too.”
“I had been looking for direction in life – and this looked like a good direction to take – since someone else was doing it.”
“I was inspired by her…”
“I wanted to give her this …”
And on and on – the reasons went.
Soon, the girl was satisfied with her trek through this city and decided to go back home.
So she followed her own path of wood – back.
But it was easier now.
Because alongside the path of wood – are people who would offer her food and drink.
People who would ask her questions “why do you do this?”
People who would smile and say “can I come with you?”
She would only smile and accept their gifts as she was good at walking – and that was it.
Upon arriving in her hometown – she found a big group of people has followed her home.
She turned around and looked at them.
She used her eyes to ask the question: “Why are you here?”
They answered with words:
“Give us another path to take.”
“Bring us to another journey.”
“Help us follow you on your next trip.”
“Explain to us the reason why you do this.”
The girl looked at them, took a piece of wood – turned around – and started walking behind her house.
She started laying down the wood pieces again.
This time towards another city.
And the people started following again.
Not the end, but to another beginning.
JOMAR, WHAT DOES YOUR STORY MEAN?
You can skip this part if you want to think more about it.
But if you’re off to do something quick and have no time to do any thinking – then read on.
The girl represents a person who doesn’t have a lot of talents.
She knows only the basic things.
But does one thing – as simple as laying a piece of wood in front of each other – and walking to the next town -and keeps doing it.
So she can walk and she has persistence.
THE SECRET REVEALED
Why do people follow her?
Because they do.
They offer many reasons -doesn’t matter what they say.
The only important thing is, they follow her.
Jomar, doesn’t she look and feel “insane” to you?
Like the dirty street beggars in the Philippines that nobody follows?
In the story, the girl didn’t beg.
She wasn’t dirty.
And this wasn’t set in the Philippines of cars and buses, this was a time that walking and horses were the norms.
The people didn’t notice all these things.
They did notice the pieces of wood kilometers long — they had to know where it came from.
They had to know.
People are curious – and if you still didn’t get it – people WANT to have a reason to follow ANYBODY.
People want to be inspired.
People want to be wowed.
People want to find people to follow.
That’s why you click on Like in FB and follow people in Twitter, Instagram and subscribe to great Youtube channels.
You realize – you WERE following them – weren’t you?
You just weren’t walking.
But you’re following!
HER SECRET REVEALED
What the girl had was persistence.
She started something and didn’t stop until it was finished.
Most people start and that’s it.
HOW TO GET WHAT SHE HAS
This season take a short retreat – yes – now – in the midst of early shopping, start filling up a notebook of why you should be doing what you SAID you should be doing but isn’t doing.
Start writing down your plans.
Take the example of Anna Maliwat, our guest last Monday, how she wrote down her plans and achieved the results she wanted. You can watch the replay here http://virtualcareersbook.com/seminar/.
Start writing down why you should continue that blog or book or write-up or project.
Just start answering why on paper -and soon enough you’ll get what she has.
FOLLOW SOMEONE WHO’S DONE IT BEFORE.
You know someone who’s done it before?
Follow their exact footprints.
If there’s a way to ask them questions, here’s what the bible says:
“If you see a man of understanding, visit him early, let your feet wear out his doorstep.” Sirach 6:36
Keep asking until you get answers.
And do something with the answers.
Don’t just ask questions.
Start walking and never stop.
Soon you’ll have followers following you offering to support you.
This is one way how you will do it:
When you are listening from a webinar or a seminar or reading an inspiring article, you take down notes of what you’ve learned or realized.
You put your learnings and realizations in a form of a blogpost, a poster or a long essay and give credit to whoever inspired you.
Here’s the catch.
Can you do it for the next 5 to 10 years? Like the girl who did the walking persistently?
Can you do it until you have your own followers/audiences too?
Those who attended last Monday’s webinar found out one of the qualifications to e.arn mill.ions onl.ine.
Are you qualified to e.arn millions on.line too?
Watch the webinar replay here: http://virtualcareersbook.com/seminar/
ARE YOU FOLLOWING SOMEONE WHO’S DONE IT BEFORE?
Following and watching are two different things.
Are you just watching?
Or are you following?
Or are you “The Girl Who Walked and Never Stopped.”?
It’s your choice, the year isn’t over and you can still start something that you’ll never stop doing.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON MONDAY
You’ll learn the other qualifications to start ear.ning millions on.line.
Yes. It’s the PART 2 of the webinar last week.
See you on Monday 9pm. Register here: http://jhilario.com/webinar2016oct17at9pm
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO EA.RN MILLIONS ONLI.NE??
Can you create a C___N?
People also need to be C___R. Not just that, but SUPER C___R.
You need to have D ____N.
Ano ba talaga ang mga yan Jomar?
Let’s find out, on Monday.
Sign up here: http://jhilario.com/webinar2016oct17at9pm
Now live a marvelous life,
*** JOMAR HILARIO ***
Author of Virtual Careers, the Book
Pioneer Filipino Trainer of Virtual Professionals
#1 Virtual Professional Podcaster in the Philippines
#1 Longest Running Virtual Careers Webinar in the Philippines
Bo Sanchez’ Internet Marketing Guru
P.S.On Monday , we’ll find out if you’re Qualified to Earn Millions sa Internet (PART 2)! Instantly save your slot here: http://jhilario.com/webinar2016oct17at9pm
P.S. You want to ea.rn sa bahay lang with your kids next month? Become a virtual professional. Get the downloadable Cebu: How To Start Your Virtual Career Seminar here: http://virtualcareersbook.com/seminar/