I went to an event recently, which focused on networking with the people of Tampa, FL. When I say the energy in the building was amazing, I’m not exaggerating one bit. Many people, from all fields of employment, were present and contributed to the energy in the room. There were clothing designers, singers, personal trainers, real estate agents, rappers, hairstylist, nutritionists, chefs, etc. You name it, they were there. The best part was that not only was the event formed by a small business owner, but everyone respected each other. Even those within the same profession showed love to one another.

There were games that focused on communicating with people we didn’t already know and switching Instagram account names in an effort to encourage support amongst each of us on our journeys. The love from Tampa to Tampa showed that there is so much support out here, we just have to network. How many of us go around expecting the people we’ve known the longest to support whatever it is we may be doing? The moment they don’t, we get in our feelings. I know I’m not the only one (laughing). I know I’m not the only one who has felt this way before because I’ve spoken to some others about this same subject. If you haven’t started a business or done something out of the ordinary, you may not know exactly what I’m speaking of…YET.

For those of you like myself who have experienced or are experiencing this, stop thinking that you NEED the support of people in your family or from the people you grew up with. Even without their support, you can still bring your vision to life. Yes, it would be AMAZING to have everyone you’ve ever come into contact with, support you, but that’s not always the case.  Now, when you reach the point you envisioned, most likely they will support you, but that should be expected. How many people were Golden State Warriors fans when they only had Jason Richardson compared to now….EXACTLY. Some people only want to support the ones who are currently winning so they can feel apart of their journey. That can’t get you down. That’s something I like to call “earned support”. I’ll touch on the difference between earned support vs given support in another blog.

The people that may support you the most during your journey are the people you’ve met within the last 1-5 years. I have people that only know me from Instagram that support me more than people in my own family (outside of my Wife, Brother, Parents, Asia, Jeff & a couple more) My father is number 11 out of 11 children from my Grandma Alice and my mom is number 4 out of 6 children from my Grandma Eddie. So you can only imagine how big my family is. I can only imagine if they all showed support, THAT WOULD BE CRAZY!!! However, placing my focus on that would do nothing but poison my mind with negative thoughts and slow down my God sent vision. While investing in myself and spending time to work on controlling my emotions, I learned what to place my focus on. I place my focus on my family, friends, and acquaintances who choose to support me now and NOT on the people who are nowhere to be found because if I’m focused on whose not showing support or not in my life, it’s a slap in the face to the ones who are!

To sum it all up, you have many people who will support your vision. That may be friends, family, acquaitanes or people you haven’t me yet. For the ones you haven’t met yet, It will take for you to get out of your bubble and network with different people. It doesn’t have to be in clubs or bars either. It can be on social media, networking events like the one I mentioned earlier, or even through a mutual friend. Stay focused on controlling what you can control day by day and the rest will happen in time…

-Brandon R. Powell