Hello everyone, my name is Lily and I’m here to announce a brand new series on Evan’s channel called Unlocking Lily.
So I had my first sit-down with Evan about a year and a half ago as an instructor at his dance studio. During the meeting, he told me that he really liked me and he wanted to start some sort of business with me. So my first thought was, wow, he is so nice.
And what an amazing confidence-booster for me. Then my second thought was, I don’t have a business plan. Oh my gosh, I don’t even have a business idea. I’ve never thought about becoming an entrepreneur, I don’t think that’s something I’m supposed to do with my life.
So that’s where it kind of ended. I went on to continue to teach at his dance studio, but that thought always remained in the back of my mind. So it was fine, things progressed on. I continued to teach at his dance school. As I got to know him better and we had more sit-downs, I decided that maybe I’ll let him know about my dream. My dream is to go on stage one day and be a speaker, but I have no idea how.
I don’t know when, I don’t know what I’m going to say, I have no experience, but I knew this is something I wanted to do with my life, but I just didn’t know how to get there. So last week, he decided to do something rather crazy. He offered me $50,000 to quit my full-time job that I had been at for 12 years to pursue my dream of public speaking full-time.
Something that was very important to me growing up
As he was mentioning this to me, I already made up my mind. He doesn’t know that. I already knew that I would say yes. But of course, I didn’t want to verbally commit knowing that there’s so many things that could go wrong. Ever since I became an adult at 21, at 20, I always been financially secure. That’s something that was very important to me growing up. For me to take this leap of faith, it means that I may not be financially secure.
I may not be able to provide a life for me and my husband that I’ve always promised that I will. And that was my biggest concern. I needed to talk to my husband before I actually said anything to him. But even though I knew this is something that I wanted to do. That is the only thing I ever really wanted to do in my life more than anything else. So I spoke to my husband and he was so incredibly supportive and he knew that I needed to do this.
It’s really now or never. If I didn’t do this now, I will live and die never pursuing my dream. So I accepted his offer at midnight that day, I sent him a message, and the next day, I told my boss that I’ll be leaving my job, that I have been with the company for 12 years.
Pursuing my dream of public speaking
And it was really, really hard for me because I have been so happy at my job, I love the people there, I loved my boss, she’s wonderful. For me to say that I’m going to be leaving this secure, wonderful job that I’ve been at for 12 years with all the friends I created, to tell them that I’m going to be doing this because I’m going to be pursuing my dream of public speaking, it was crazy, crazy for me.
You see, we don’t have a plan. The plan is to make a plan. I’m taking a giant leap of faith with Evan and stepping into the unknown. But I know it’s going to work out. And we’re going to bring you on this journey. That’s why it’s called Unlocking Lily. As I learn, grow, make mistakes, have wins, you’re going to come with me. You’re going to even sit in on my mentoring meetings with Evan.
I’m going to need your support
My practice sessions, my confessional thoughts, and watch me conquer my dream. And I hope I see me go for it. It inspires you as well. And at the very least, cheer me on because I’m going to need your support. I’m going to need a shoulder to cry on when things are tough. I’m going to need to celebrate with you when I have my victories. This is going to be a weekly series on Evan’s channel where I’m going to film and I hope you tune in.
And if you have any questions, suggestions, please leave it in the comments. I promise you I’m paying attention and I will take everything to heart. So stay tuned for Unlocking Lily Episode 1. Thank you so much Believe Nation. I am so incredibly excited and grateful and honored, and I hope to see you very soon.