Yesterday, a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant shared that she was afraid to take her CLNC® business to the next level because she didn’t want to create jealousy among her legal nurse consulting colleagues. This strong woman is afraid it will be lonely at the top. My response: “It sure can’t be any lonelier at the top than it is at the bottom. At least at the top you can afford good wine for your friends and you never have to put your holiday shopping on layaway at the dollar store.”
Why deprive yourself of CLNC® success out of peer pressure or worse, out of fear that you’ll be lonely? Reality alert: if you’re going to be lonely, you’re going to be lonely whether or not you’re successful.
I left New Orleans when I was 18, but I’m still a Louisiana gal at heart and the critics who thrive best at the level of mediocrity are just like the Louisiana blue crabs I still love to devour. The crabs at the bottom of the bucket may be heading for the pot of boiling hot water, but they’re going to pull back any crab that tries to climb out and escape. Critics of your CLNC® success will always be happiest not only when they’re at the bottom, but when they’ve effectively pulled you down with them.
Don’t let yourself be dragged into underperforming by a pool of underperformers. Loneliness has nothing to do with being rich or successful. This is one of those false-isms that was created by less successful people to justify why they’re still mucking around at the bottom. In the words of the singer Diane Birch, “If it’s happiness you want, that’s what you’ll get. You’ve gotta rise up little sister. Turn on the light. Wise up to the stories you’ve been told.”
Go ahead. Rise up and succeed all you want. Trust me, it’s worth it. And after all, how can it be lonely at the top if we’re all there together? Please join me to celebrate and together we’ll crack open a great bottle of wine.
I’m just sayin’
P.S. Comment here and share how you rise up when it gets tough.