Archive for October, 2013

Invest in People

October 30, 2013

Teachers invest in people.  They help you learn to study, give you knowledge, impress on you the reasons and importance of why you need to study, they help you achieve goals, they make effort to help you learn.

Doctors invest in people.  They help you stay healthy, help you understand your body, they give you medicine to make you better, they monitor your progress, they want you to grow and enjoy life.

But teachers and doctors are not the only ones who can invest in people.  Each of us can.  Each of us have the same opportunity and ability to invest in others.  But do we?

I received communication from a client a few weeks ago via email after I had shared a blog that I thought the client would be interested in following:

Thank you so much for continuing to invest in me…. I rarely if ever see that!!! and I love it 🙂 Please continue passing along things that you think can help me grow…

What does it take to invest in someone?

I believe it starts with a foundation of common interest about them and their lives.  It takes paying attention to what they are interested in or want to grow in.  It takes sharing and giving.  It takes courage.  It takes time.  It takes an honest attempt to help.  It takes being willing to give and not get anything in return.  It takes wanting them to succeed above all else.  Even before you succeed.

Does it take much?  No, it really doesn’t, but most people focus so much on what they get they don’t give.  They don’t focus on helping others succeed.  They don’t spend time knowing how to learn to grow others, time learning to learn them, time to give.  They don’t invest.  Even in the small things.

May I encourage you today, spend a little bit of time and invest in those around you!

Quotes

October 28, 2013

Leadership is the challenge to be something more than.

– Jim Rohn

change the world

October 23, 2013

Quotes

October 21, 2013

Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.

– John D. Rockefeller

creating video content

October 15, 2013

Today we are working with Jordan Productions on video content for the business.  This is a project I have been anxious to do for some time and can’t believe we are finally working on it!  The picture above is taken in the living room at my house by Evie, an assistant to Jordan, during the work in progress.

You can follow Jordan Productions at http://www.facebook.com/JordanProduction or on Twitter at @JetblackJordanD.

What creative work have you been involved in lately?

Quotes

October 14, 2013

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

– Winston Churchill

Why Don’t You Comment on My Blog?

October 10, 2013

Last week we discussed why I comment on blogs.  Today we will discuss reasons why people don’t comment on blogs.

  • Words.  They feel they have no words to share.  Largely because their voice has never mattered. They don’t feel it will now either.
  • Impression.  They are more concerned about what impression people will have about them.  This means more to them then sharing their thoughts.
  • Interest.  They are not interested in making a difference.  They are not interested in making an impact.
  • Fear.  They are afraid of what people will think of them.  They fear what they will say will be understood.  They fear what they will say might offend.  They fear what they think will not matter.  They fear having what they write be out there for everyone to see.  They fear
  • Meaning.  They don’t have meaning in their comment.  They don’t take time to make it meaningful.

What did I just spell out here with the first letter of each word listed in those 5 points?

 

WIIFM = What’s In It For Me

 

If you haven’t heard  of this before, you might not be used to WIIFM.  What’s in it for me.  That is the typical way people look at any situation.  Their focus is not WIIFO.

 

WIFFO = What’s In It For Others

 

They are concerned about how the comment on the post will benefit them not others.  If this holds you back, may I encourage you to change from WIIFM to WIIFO!

Quotes

October 7, 2013

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

– Harry Truman

Do You Comment on Blogs?

October 4, 2013

I am an avid follower of about 20 blogs, via email.  They vary in topics from personal life stuff, business topics relating to my industry, entrepreneurship, hobbies, spiritual, and minimalistic simplification blogs that inspire me.

I like to receive the blogs I follow via email because if a post is a good one, I can easily forward it to a friend.  If it’s one I want to keep, I just put it in a folder for the topic that it applies to.  Everyone has their own form, some people prefer RSS Feed.  I don’t.  Maybe it’s because I haven’t found a way to make it work for me.  Regardless, I love being inspired by blog posts.  I look forward to them each day.

Any topic the blogger writes about that grips me, I comment on.  I share.  I engage.  I reflect.  I ask questions.  Does the average person do so?  No.  Why do I say this?  Because I have blogged business wise since 2010 [two blogs with exact same content, a WordPress.com and a WordPress.org] and personally since 2007.  Do you know how many people comment?  Very few, ever.  The most comments I get on the business blog is SPAM material.  I believe there are lots of reasons for this, but that’s a topic for another post.  Today I want to share why I comment as I do.

I want the writer to know their efforts were not in vain.  I want them to know that their content was interesting and that it had value.  I want them to know what they shared meant something to me.  I want them to get feedback so if the topic could be expounded on even to a deeper level, they will use the comments to generate more blog posts with additional thoughts.  I wish to create a relationship.  I want them to know they matter to me.  I want to support them.  I want to learn.  I want to maximize the learning.  I want to engage other readers.  I want to share hope.  I want to make a difference.  I want them to be inspired.  I want the comments to increase their rankings through Google.

Are you a blog follower?  Why do you comment on blogs?  Will you share your blog if you have one?

Why do you Blog?

October 2, 2013

When people learn you blog, usually their first question is, why?

Is everyone a blogger? No, anymore than everyone is a doctor, a lawyer, a CPA, or any other vocation.  We all our different individuals with our own flair.

Are there bloggers out there that don’t know they are?  For sure.  I didn’t know I was a writer.  I thought all writers kept a journal, and I don’t keep a journal.  I didn’t think I had something to share that would benefit others.

For some people, they can’t write words.  Or they think they can’t.  They can’t share what is on their heart.  Or they think they can’t.  For some, even if they could, they won’t.  They can’t take the things that happen in life and make lessons out of them.  Or they are not spending time reflecting on their lives and the lessons that are presenting themselves.  They can’t share an opinion.  Or they think they nobody would want to hear their opinion.

What got me into blogging?  A simple desire to encourage and support.  To do what others don’t.  To take the passion for what I do and share it.  To have a platform to teach.  I love to learn and I absolutely love to help others learn too.  Entrepreneurship is more than just making money.  It involves the Wheel of Life [if you are not familiar with Zig Ziglar’s Wheel of Life – google it].  It is taking all those things and intricately making it work together with balance.

Are you a writer?  Are you a blogger?  Are you a teacher?

If so…will you share what has motivated you to write, blog and teach?

If not…will you share how reading, following blogs, and taking classes has benefited you and why you do it?