Have you ever felt F E A R ?
Let me tell you about mine.
At the Sunday morning of my first-ever seminar in 2006, I gave an optional spiritual talk. (I’ve made a practice of this ever since. A lot of people appreciate these talks.)
The day before, I told everyone, “Tomorrow’s seminar starts at 9. But if you want to come at 8, I’ll give my Gen-X take on spirituality. But it’s optional. If you’re not interested in that, stay in your hotel room and watch Gilligan’s Island.”
My anxiety about this was off the charts. It was the first time I’d ever done such a thing. It was also my first seminar, which was very complex and intense and I kind of wanted to hide in my room.
So anyway, about half the people showed up to my talk. I got started. About 45 minutes in, I was just beginning to tell the story of our Foster daughter, Drea.
Suddenly a guy in the back stood up and started shouting at me:
THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! I PAID MONEY TO COME TO A GOOGLE ADWORDS SEMINAR AND THIS IS SUNDAY SCHOOL!
(I had a premonition something was going to happen. Now it was happening.)
I heard the still small voice say, “Just be silent.” I stood there and just waited.
Seconds ticked by.
I took a drink of my water.
It seemed like an eternity.
Suddenly, folks in the audience started shouting back at him: “IT WAS OPTIONAL!!! PERRY TOLD YOU THAT 2 DIFFERENT TIMES YESTERDAY!
“FINISH YOUR STORY, PERRY!”
The guy stormed out of the room. I went on with my talk.
You know what’s funny about that?
As soon as he started shouting, all my anxiety vanished. Gone.
How could I stay nervous? The thing I was most afraid of had just happened. And I hadn’t died or anything.
That was a breakthrough experience.
There’s more to the story (what happened after that was equally interesting). Matt Gillogly interviewed me about it. Hear it here:
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