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Make It Happen

This is a follow up post to my thoughts on questions to ask yourself about being successful. If you missed it, click here to read about it.

One key element to our success is execution on the ideas we have. An idea, is just an idea unless we execute. Have you ever wondered how to go from just thinking about your ideas to implementing them? Scott Belsky of the Behance Network has authored a book entitled: Making Ideas Happen. In it he gives practical advice of how to action steps to accomplish your goals. I’ve uploaded an excerpt of the book in today’s post. Also for more information about the Scott or the Behance Network visit The 99 Percent by clicking here.

Making Ideas Happen

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The Art Of The Start – Guy Kawasaki

If you’ve ever wandered how to get started doing ANYTHING, the slideshow below is an excellent guide. Whether starting a business, not-for-profit, non-profit (I’m told there is a difference), an event, etc, etc, you must start somewhere.

Guy Kawasaki, innovation specialist, wrote a book entitled The Art Of The Start. In it he gives very practical advice about moving from thought to action. If you want to purchase it online you can here. I have a copy, I’m sure it’s worth your investment too. View the slideshow…..be inspired to get started!

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Fusion: Ocala

Later this month I will be speaking at Fusion: Ocala. First, I am grateful for the opportunity to share key insights about what I’ve learned in the area of excellence and integrity. Secondly, I’m looking forward to learning something new.

As you have heard me mention before…..I used to teach at the middle and high school levels. Every teacher knows that he or she must prepare to teach or facilitate a lesson, but we must also be a life-long learner.

Eric Thomas, conference organizer, is doing a great job at pulling this together. I’ll share what I’m presenting  closer to the date!

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Brand vs Filter

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about  some of the icons in our society. More importantly, the person that has been given such a title.

I find them to be in two categories: Brands & Filters.

This is how Webster defines them-

Brand:  a characteristic or distinctive kind

Filter:  a porous article or mass (as of paper or sand) through which a gas or liquid is passed to separate out matter in suspension

Sure, brands are important! Often, we make purchase decisions because of brands. Refer people to certain companies because of their distinctive characteristics. And even, tweet about certain products.

While there is nothing wrong with promoting the products that you have to offer. I think it’s more effective if it’s used to get people headed in a direction where they want to go.

Filters are a powerful tool. They have the ability to stretch us beyond our comfort borders to do things we may once thought were impossible. With the emergence of social media, people now want more of what they want, versus being force fed.

Give this a thought! Which are you more inclined to promote- a product that’s all about monetary gain, or a product with a purpose.  I think most would choose the latter.

It should be our goal in life to be more of a filter as opposed to brand. The more I ponder the word brand. It makes me think of a person that wants all the attention to be on them and what they have to offer.

A person that serves as filter, doesn’t mind the attention, but prefers to be a conduit of ideas that lead to change, action, and impact.

Can a brand be a filter? I’m not sure how that would work. Can a filter be a brand? I think so.

More to come…..

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Are Your Goals SMART?

So you have a big project that you’re working on? Need tips on how to get there without out the struggle? I have something that may help.

I’d heard these time and time before, but never had I watched a video clip about them until today. So here it is, in five bite size steps. Your goals must be SMART:

1. Specific

2. Measurable

3. Attainable

4. Realistic

5. Time-bound

I’m discovering that if my goals don’t line up within these areas, I’m pretty much wasting my time. For more information about GrowThink and to watch a video about goal setting click here.

This may be a video to share with your team at work, church, or non-profit organization.

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