Some years ago I met Michael White, the now departed co-founder of Narrative Therapy. Soon after, his star rose rather quickly and he became a very well known teacher and writer.
But all was not well in Australia, his home country. As Michael traveled around the world, his colleagues at home began to make snide remarks about him: Who the hell did he think he was? Better than everyone else?
An Australian friend of mine told me that this was a reflection of what they called there “The Tall Poppy Syndrome.” Anyone who stood above the crowd was likely to get cut down, like the tallest poppy in the bunch. [Lest I offend any Aussies, I have observed a similar pattern all over the world.]
I don’t know if worry about that kind of thing is holding you back at all, but I can tell you the world and thousands of clients are better off for Michael sticking his head above the crowd and making the contribution he made.
Sure, some people will think you are arrogant and “too big for your britches” if you step outside your comfort zone and go for making a bigger and wider contribution, but I would advise you to focus on your passionate mission and your desire to make this world a better place instead of worrying about the naysayers and petty people who would hold you back and keep you in your place.
When will you start going out to a bigger arena with your work?