A few weeks ago, I walked into a room I’d never been in with mostly people I had never met. At the head of the table was a seat for me and as I sat down, I had to tell myself that I was ready for the next level in my career: getting a book published.
I have wanted to have a book published since I was a girl and wrote my first novel, The Girl with Imagination. That book was only about twenty pages long and written in the vocabulary of a grade schooler, but it was my early attempt at making my dreams come true even if I wasn’t even sure what that meant.
I’ve thought a lot about continuing to pursue my dreams no matter what, but what I hadn’t often thought about is what happens when those dreams start to come true. That demands something different, getting ready to go to the next level.
You move past the phase of hoping and wishing what you’re doing will add up to progress and have to start thinking about how to turn that progress into success.
Walking into that room to meet with my publisher for the first time was exciting and also terrifying. Was I ready for everything that was to come? An hour later after conversations with my editor and the art department and the executive director, I was reassured at least that the people who were helping me get to the next level knew what they were doing and were ready to help guide me to what I needed to do.
Sometimes that’s all we need to help us move ahead, people who can help us and the faith that we’re ready.
So, what’s your next level? And who can help you get there? Below are some resources to help you get to your next level for a business, a creative endeavor, or your network. Are there other ways you can move from where you are to where you’ve always wanted to be?
Next Level Business
500.co has just one more day left in the application for its Seed Program. Getting into the 4-month program that takes place in California means connections, a business curriculum, and money for your start-up. There’s also Female Funders from a 500.co alum if you want to find some female only investors or to make use of some of their tools to help female founders.
Next Level Creativity
If you’re in the business of creativity like me, it can sometimes be confusing to figure out what the next level even is, but one things for sure: people have to see your work. You’ve written a screenplay you say? Amazing, but it won’t do anything sitting in your drawer. Network, submit, learn more. Repeat. Check out the Sundance Institute’s resources for women and maybe even submit before their May deadlines for screenplays. Or if you’re a maker and want to get your handmade goods out to a new audience, apply to Renegade Craft Fair to get into one of their fairs in cities across the country.
Next Level Networking
Need to get into a room with some people to help you think through what the next level should even be? There’s lots of great resources to provide community and support for women. Two that are coming up in June: Blavity’s EmpowerHER conference (geared toward millennial women) and Female Founders one day free conference if you’re in San Francisco or can get out there.
Go get your next level!