I got to thinking this week about how I am always dictating about Education, Education, Education. How I base my Business on Education based Marketing and how so many of you trust my thoughts, my opinions and trust I will lead you in the right direction.
I don't really think about it too much, because this is who I am. I like to learn, I like to share and I especially welcome the opportunity to touch someones life in a positive way.
However, with all that has happened over the past few weeks, and my desire to continue to do what I always do, I realized how important it might be to share with you where all my "wisdom" comes from.
I'd like to say it's innate, and I do believe a lot of it is. The reality though, it comes from the exact way that you learn from me. Reading what I write. Learning from what I share.
For as long as I can remember, I was always a learner. It wasn't until I went through hard times in late 1999-2000 that I turned to all facets of learning. I turned to books on many topics. I took classes and learned as much from the internet that was available to me at that time.
I soon discovered when I read and kept learning, I felt continuously fulfilled. I felt motivated, I felt informed, I felt more confident, I felt stronger.
Even in my life now, and what a different life it is, if I don't continuously feed the desire in me to read and learn....I feel empty. I stifle myself and I just can't get my juices flowing.
The idea of never bettering myself just never occurs to me.
A while back, I wrote a Blog of which Jane Moorehouse of the Beauty Industry Report reached out to me about. She commented on the blog and recommended a book written by a friend of hers John Dijulius. The book is named "The Relationship Economy".
I decided to order the book and began reading it. This was about 3-4 months ago and I still haven't made it through the whole book. No reason, just haven't had a whole lot of time to just sit and read.
However, when I do get my 30 minutes of quiet time, I pick up the book and there is always something that makes me either relate, makes me think, gives me inspiration for an article or just gives me that ah ah moment.
I started again on my 30 minute reading journey and decided there were so many things I could share, especially now.
Therefore, I began at the beginning and here are a few food for thoughts!
There are skills we can develop, however, there is one that has the biggest impact on us both personally and professionally.
The ability to connect with others
Cutting edge innovation use to have a longer shelf life. However, in our world as it exist, many of your competitors can replicate your innovations and quickly reduce any temporary advantage you had on the market.
The connection between the two above quotes from the book is almost surreal considering todays times.
Because we can't physically connect with people, we have to depend on our cutting edge technology for survival. Or do we?
Are you reaching out to your clients by any other means besides text and email?
Reading through these excerpts I highlighted, has reminded me as well....we can't just depend on Social Media or Technology to stay connected. Brace yourself LOL, you'll be getting a phone call from me soon.
Displaying RBF gives customers a perception of what your mood is
RBF? "resting bitch face"
A smile is FREE
It cost absolutely nothing to give but can mean the world to the person who receives it.
When I go back to these two very simple statements, It makes me think of scrolling through Social Media.
It's so obvious who is unhappy, miserable and sometimes just downright NOT smiling.
It truly is depressing and have caused me to either delete a person or put them on a 30 day hold.
Think about this
Just because we hide behind the window of our computer, phone or iPad...doesn't mean you can't smile. I often think to myself when I read some of these post, I'm so glad I don't go to that Business. Imagine what the actual clients are thinking.
RBF is more prevalent than we think.
I really do think this is a great time for people to hit the reset button. We should take this time to reflect who we are as a person, who we are as a Business person.
We should take this time to reflect on how we treat others.
We should take this time to reflect on how much we complain, we whine and we act truly ungrateful, even though we are truly blessed.
There are so many great quotes in the book I can't even begin to type them all out. However, there is one that I'm going to leave you with and I encourage you to get the book. I don't know John Dijulius, I don't even know Jayne Moorehouse except maybe meeting her once at a trade show, possibly.
It is a basic reminder....get back to the basics.
Don't concentrate on making a lot of money, but rather on becoming the type of person people want to do business with
ARTHUR HENRY FRIPP
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