I am not sure how to discuss this particular issue as it is very personal to me. However, I am going to share it on my blog anyway.
As I continue to run Infratactix, from time to time I attend industry events. For example, a couple weeks ago I attended a ConnectWise roadshow in Scottsdale, AZ. It wasn’t that Infratactix was going to leave Autotask. We wanted to find out what was new with ConnectWise since they merged all of their solutions into one bundle. I must tell you, I was interested in the solution. However, that is not the reason for this post. What was weird was that when I introduced myself to my peers, other MSPs, they knew who I was not as a former MSP but as a coach/consultant and a former vendor/channel chief.
This weekend I am heading to Washington DC for The Channel Company’s Xchange event. As I have been going through the list of attendees, I began to get a little anxious about attending the event. I have been to a great number of events to see MSPs I have engaged with on the vendor side of my career. My anxiety is not because of any success or failure I had on the vendor side. It was more a concern about how these MSPs will accept me as a peer.
A few years ago I wrote a blog about overcoming your fears. In that blog I wrote about my fear of heights and zip lining in Hawaii with my wife. I am going to take my own advice and just “jump”. What is the worst that can happen? It could be that they don’t accept me as a peer. Ok, I can live with that and move on. But if I don’t engage, I will never know their thoughts.
I am going to face this fear and see these people as my peers and industry friends. I am hopeful they will accept me and be happy for me that I have finally found my perfect place at Infratactix.
Whatever your fears are today, tomorrow or down the road. I hope that you are able to face and overcome them to find your perfect place.
All the best in success,