Hello everyone! Thank you for your love and support. I got 5 countries’ visit on my previous interview! That’s just awesome. Interviewee’s help me a lot to grow my traffic!!! So, I am the host of this show “Shan Naqvi” with another amazing guest Jeff Davis! Jeff is a professional speaker, authentic leadership expert, author, entrepreneur, world traveler, and humanitarian. He speaks to schools, nonprofits, organizations, businesses, associations, and conferences. He has shared his practical insights internationally across three different continents and is a sought-after authority on self-leadership and overcoming adversity. Let’s talk to him to learn more!
- Why entrepreneurship and not a job?
Being an entrepreneur and working at a job do not have to be mutually exclusive. The best time to start a business is when you have stable income from a job. The entrepreneurial life is often glorified, but the truth is that it takes money to earn money. It’s very helpful to have income and savings to support you while you go through the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial life. I don’t agree with the saying, “Jump off the cliff and grow wings on the way down.” It’s important to be practical. I suggest not leaving your job until you’ve replaced that income with your entrepreneurial endeavors, or at the very least have seen some growth and income come in from your business. Also, you can start to think like an entrepreneur while at your job. Creativity and innovation will not only help you to succeed as an entrepreneur, but in all areas of your life.
With that said, being an entrepreneur is awesome. You are able to be your own boss and answer to yourself. It also allows you to define your own version of success. While working as an entrepreneur often takes longer hours than a normal 9-to-5 job, it can be more enjoyable and rewarding. Knowing that your products and services are truly helping someone else is one of the best feelings in the world.
- How can we overcome the fear of speaking in public?
Overcoming the fear of speaking in public comes down to practice, like anything else in life. One organization that helps you do this is Toastmasters. Toastmasters allows you to get in front of people and develop your speaking skills in a safe, supportive environment. You can also practice speaking in front of family and/or close friends.
When you are speaking in public you are having many 1-on-1 conversations at the same time. When you remember that audience members, for the most part, want to see you succeed, you can relax and be yourself on stage. Being friendly and conversational in your approach will help to relieve your stress and develop a natural rapport with the audience.
Some other tips: be prepared. Being prepared won’t eliminate all of your nervousness, but it will allow you to feel better about yourself as you go into the speech. Only speak on topics you know about and feel comfortable talking about. Also, visualize yourself as calm, confident, poised, and relaxed before you ever step foot on stage. Visualization is a powerful tool. Be gentle with yourself and take baby steps. No speaker is perfect – it’s the courage to put yourself out there that counts the most. Gradually expose yourself to bigger and bigger audiences. Finally, keep in mind that even seasoned professional speakers feel nervous. The fear and nervousness will never fully go away and that’s a good thing because it means you care. Speaking in public is about acting in spite of the fear, not getting rid of the fear altogether.
- What Makes a Writer a Good Writer?
The best writers write from the heart. They are authentic and reveal their true selves through their words. Also, they have some kind of daily or weekly routine. Writers craft time out of their weeks to sit down and actually write. You don’t become a good writer by sitting around fantasizing about it all day. You become a good writer by sharing your words through articles, blog posts, and books and then sharing your work with the world. It’s scary at first, but in the end very worthwhile and an opportunity to make a big difference in the world.
- Would You Like to Say Something About Those Who Want to Start Anything New?
Starting something new is a good thing. Be careful not to fall into the trap of always starting and never finishing, but on the whole starting something new will lead to positive things. If you are feeling nervous, scared, or timid when it comes to starting something, don’t worry – everyone feels that way. Embrace your feelings of doubt and push forward anyway. On the other side of fear is an expanded comfort zone and a fulfilling life.
- When Are You Most Fully Yourself?
I am most fully myself when I’m grounded and in touch with reality. I’m all for thinking big and having big dreams. At the same time, it’s important to embrace the practical reality of today. You will absolutely create a better future for yourself, but in order to do so you must start where you are and with what you have. The good news is that you don’t need a lot of money to make a difference in the world.
Periodically checking in with yourself and reflecting will help you to stay in touch with your true self. Ask yourself: what’s working in your life? What’s not working? What changes do you need to make? Be honest with yourself and then commit to an action plan. You can’t change other people, but you can always change yourself.
- What Do You Hate About Public Speaking?
One of the things I dislike about public speaking is that the majority of time, in every audience there’s almost always at least one person who has a problem with you – often for reasons outside of your control. Maybe they’re having a bad day, or something you said reminded them of an unpleasant experience from their past. Sometimes people will despise you and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s usually not personal, but the challenge is that it often feels personal. On a positive note, most of the audience members will like you. And I don’t want this to deter you from speaking because the world needs to hear your message. At the same time, it’s important to acknowledge that when you put yourself out there, not everyone is going to support you. It is what it is. The mindset I use to get past this is to remember that if you end up helping at least one person, it makes it all worth it.
- What Advice Would You Give to Your Younger Self?
My younger self was very gung-ho about being an entrepreneur and changing the world. And this was a good thing, as my passion and energy has benefited me in a number of situations while helping others. With that said, sometimes my ambition would exceed my financial means. I learned the hard way that you can’t help others if you haven’t first helped yourself. The advice I’d give to my younger self is to have the same level of passion, energy, drive, and determination, but be more practical about maintaining sources of income while helping others. It’s definitely possible to change the world, but to do so it’s important to be standing on a solid foundation.
- How Do You Define Success?
How I define success is that it’s essential for it to be your own version of success, not the version of success handed to you by society, friends, parents, classmates, coworkers, colleagues, and acquaintances. Actually take the time to sit down and define your own version of success. Success is not necessarily about fame, money, or power – it’s about being true to yourself no matter what, living your values, being an example for others, helping others when you can, and being authentic. When you are living an authentic life on your own terms, you are more successful than you may have initially realized.
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It’s important to strike a balance between patience and living each day like it’s your last. From one perspective, you have plenty of time to do everything you need to do. Don’t force something if it’s not meant to be. From another perspective, you never know which day is going to be your last. Put yourself out there when you can and make your difference today, not tomorrow. Be happy today. There is no such thing as “someday”. The truth is, someday is today. This doesn’t mean you need to finish everything you’re doing in a single day, but it does mean it’s your responsibility to make progress and get the ball rolling. Be proactive and take the initiative.
Holding these contradictory ideas in your head at the same time will allow you to find the right balance. Do what works best for you regardless of what anyone else says. Trust your intuition.
It is such a huge opportunity to interview the very famous entrepreneurs around the world. I learned a lot from Jeff, he is just amazing. Thank you very much Jeff for being a guest on my show. Anybody wants to learn more about Jeff, please visit his websites here: www.jeffdspeaks.com and please do not forget to watch his Ted Talk!
What Jeff Davis says about Shan Naqvi:
Shan boldly contacts some of the most successful people in the world, interviews them, and then uses the content as a way to help others. He’s making a difference and the world needs more people with his initiative.” – Jeff Davis, author of The Power of Authentic Leadership