Archive - September, 2010
"Whenever I found out anything remarkable, I have thought it my duty to put down my discovery on paper, so that all ingenious people might be informed thereof." – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
One thing blogging does for many is it improves their awareness and sharpens their message. I witness this by two statements I hear often:
- "…That would be a great blog post (or headline)"
- "It's like I recently wrote on my blog…"
When we first begin blogging, we occasionally (often?) wonder what to write about. My advice has always been, "Listen to Your Day" Doesn't matter what business or profession you're in really. Use metaphors or analogies. Create a hypothetical situation based on something that happened to you.
Keep your radar up. You'll begin to recognize opportunity. Then jot your idea down or record it and then write about it.
Sharpen Your Message
Another thing I often suggest to folks is that "We don't know what we know until we articulate it." By writing it, drawing, saying it…whichever. But once we articulate it, we start to sharpen that message. And hopefully, that message soon becomes , not just delivered to our customers and clients, but also delivered by our customers and clients as part of the brand message.
And if it's important or remarkable to you, it's important to someone else too. They'll find you.
What can you accomplish in 5 years?
Between the ages of 0-5, I learned how to walk, learned how to talk, to go potty, how to wear a mask (Casper the Ghost – my 1st Halloween), rode my first roller coaster (and lost my pancakes), that I preferred French Toast over pancakes (I wonder why), and many, many other things…
Between the ages of 5-10, I learned how to really read for meaning, learned how to throw a ball and swing a bat, learned how to ride a two-wheeled bike, felt a fear of bees, told my first lie ("he did it"), kissed a girl for the 1st time (didn't lose my pancakes), appeared in my first community theater play (Harlan in "Life with Father"), that I loved science, climbing trees, and listening to baseball games on the radio, and many, many other things…
Between the ages of 10-15, I learned what it was like to start over building new friendships (we moved), that some teachers were boring, how to fight (not my choice), found I loved to dance, got my first job (dishwasher), opened my first bank account, said my first cuss word, got turned down by a girl (felt like losing my pancakes — but didn't), owned my first album (Earth, Wind & Fire: Gratitude), and many, many, many, many other things…
Between the ages of 15-20, I learned to drive, learned a 2nd language (Spanish), found I loved architectural drafting, was with a girl in a WOW way (she didn't lose her pancakes), learned to start over with new friends (we moved again), bought a car, wrote my first check, went to real estate school, managed a retail shoe store, and a humoungous list of many other things…
Between now and 5 years from now, I am smarter because of my experiences (successes and mistakes), faster beause of the age we live in, better connected (so the next time I move it will be easier to make new friends) and … I don't eat pancakes any more, so…
…it doesn't matter how young or old we are, if we treat today like the first day of the rest of our life – we can accomplish anything. And if you think about it – what we can do now in a five-year period should be greater than any other five-year period in our personal history.
Take a moment and think of a five-year period in your past. Which 5-year section did you learn the most and live life to the fullest. And then, starting today – top it! You can do it…and so can I.
Go get 'em.
(Can someone pass the French Toast, please?)
Post inspired in part by:
- Inspiration and Motivation by Justin Levy
- 5 Milestones Remembered by Lori Murga
- Find Time to Learn Something New or Tackle a Passion Project by Adam Pash
Photo on Flickr by bigbirdz
Whistle Stops are conversations, eye-openers, or tools representing the brain train discovered while traveling along the Conversphere. From business to education, life hacks to giving back, these are the posts and links that have in some way grabbed my attention this week!
- Content Lessons Learned from 25 Popular Posts by Jay Baer – Great numbers and data (and 25 links to great articles). But Jay also shares 7 important lessons that you can benefit from starting now. A hall-of-fame post!
- The Power of Not Giving Up – One Blogger's Story by Naomi Dunford – Bring some tissue – but then let your roar be heard 'round the world. Be touched. Be invigorated.
- 4 Content Curation Ideas to Implement Now by Joe Pulizzi – I often tell folks "Be the Resource" and here are a few ideas on how to do it right.
- Why Chris Brogan & 29 Other Hot Shots Work for Us… by Ruud Hein – A time-saving, smarter-infosumption technique for using your Google Reader. I gotta try this!
- The Geospatial Revolution: Penn State on Location Technology from Wayne Sutton – Wayne is a leading voice in the world of mobile and share a great video series from Penn State's Geospatial Revolution Project. Great insights and studies for business and education alike.