Tools change, human nature — not so much. We are societal beings. We long for connection. Tools come and go. Remember the rotary dial phone? The telegram?
The tools we use today will change and improve — in order that we can make more and deeper connections with others.
It's about the talk, not the tech. Make Connections.
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Hide from either Truth or Possibilities and there will be consequences. Fear is often the motivating emotion for a scotoma either way.
Fear of what they are saying about you. Or what they aren't saying.
These days, if people aren't writing or twittering or videoing about your service, product, workplace or school — you probably aren't doing too many positives.
The people you're trying to attract…they'll Google it (your "it"). And
- They'll find someone else they like
- They'll find everyone is talking about someone else
- They won't find you…and if they do, they'll see your eyes (and ears) closed.
Closing your eyes won't help you succeed. In most cases, it will hasten the fail.
One of the challenges of problem-solving in our time is that when we search our own experiences (or schema) for the solution, we stop searching when we find the first one that’s ‘good-enough.’
Poor is the memory that only looks backwards. Are we asking the right questions? Are we asking enough questions?
I forget who said it (or something like it), but remember ‘The one who has a dream while sleeping will awake and only remember a portion (if that). But, the one who dreams while awake is dangerous, for they may take action upon their vision.’
Do you practice the Habitude of Imagination? If so, how? I, for one, would enjoy reading about it on your blog.
I haven’t shed tears on a celebrity death since Dean Martin (and Kirby Puckett if you count athletes). Hearing about Paul Newman passing was sad.
Here are some quotes from his movies that translate into sound business advice:
- on Perspective: “Choose between yesterday and tomorrow.” Message in a Bottle
- on Safe is Risky: “This world is so
full of crap, a man’s gonna get into it sooner or later whether he’s
careful or not.” Hud
- on Commitment: “Yes or no, mister. Ain’t no in between.” Long Hot Summer
- on Quitting Your Job: “People like
doing what they used to do, after they’ve stopped being able to do it.”
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
- on Venture Capital: “a 25% slice of something big is better than a 100% slice of nothing. ” – The Hustler
- as entreprenuer: “I have vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals. ” Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- to entrepenuers hearing their idea
sucks: “Hell, kid, (if) they don’t do that, you know you’re not getting
to ‘em.” The Sting
And my favorite:
- Don’t sweat the small stuff: “yeah well, sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand.” – Cool Hand Luke
Thanks Paul. I’ll keep this in mind “…if I were you, I’d quit yappin’ and start workin’!” – Cars
"A mild-mannered message – delivered to a mild-mannered audience – will deliver mild-mannered results." Mike Wagner
In other words: Mediocrity plus Mediocrity begets Mediocrity.
Too many speakers / bloggers / teachers / preachers get stuck in the middle, trying to please everyone. The end result is lukewarm. If they love you (your message), there exists passion. If they hate you (your message), there exists passion. The middle? Pretty damn near apathy.
Kathy Sierra had this great image from her post, Be Brave or Go Home
Much of the timidity probably comes from fear. Ad Man, George Lois says, "Only with absolute fearlessness can we slay the dragons of mediocrity that invade our gardens."
In the spirit of Seth Godin’s "Safe is Risky" mantra, remember that your current "safe" boundaries were once unknown frontiers.
"Maybe 25 words can move us to start changing the world." – Liz Strauss
That’s the first page of this powerful presentation, a collaborative effort from the Successful Blog community:
Some nutritious thoughts in this one.