Lessons from Last Week

12 Apr

Some of my lessons are new, others are repeats, some are old with a new twist. Either way, these are things learned last week.

Lessons Learned

  1. Take time to do what needs to be done and take time to play

    I’m working on getting goofy fun back in my life.

  2. Watch educational movies

    You will experience an information overload, but you will come out so much more smarter. And, if you get a chance, be sure to watch anything by Michael Moore. He is enlightening, witty and courageous for the topics he presents.  He’s one of my new favorites.

  3. You Are Your Business. Present Your Best Self at All Times

    My friend told me that I had to dress a certain way every where I go because I am my business. As much as I don’t like it, it’s true. Now, I would never be a straight bum, but there are times when I just want to wear too big jogging clothes, torn gym shoes and anything else that makes me comfortable. I would still look decent.

    Well, I was in Borders and saw someone who represents herself as “high society” with her underwear showing tastelessly and two small clothes. She looked a hot mess. Now, I fully understand what my friend meant.

  4. Everyone has an opinion

    It is up to you to consider the source and determine the value of the information.

  5. Social media is a necessary annoyance

    It is great for legitimate business and informational purposes, but I do wonder about the level of honesty presented.  And you do have to be careful about what you say and how you say it because the world is watching.
  6. Say what you need to say tactfully and respectfully

    I was having a conversation with a colleague, and he mentioned that I had increased my prices. He asked, “What happened to your nonprofit rates?” Dude, that was a favor. I was charging him less than $50 per hours for projects. That’s charity. If I want to work for rates like that, I can get on other people’s payrolls.

    Later in the conversation, I was telling him about my Shorty’s Caring Campaign. He asked me when I was going to highlight his organization. I had to remind him that as much as I enjoy helping people,  very few people are offering to help me in anything I do. All I need is a short story for one of my blogs, a little research or even a link to story. Heck, send me a YouTube video or image to take the load off for one day.

  7. Your ideas can’t be stolen if you don’t say anything

    Putting tact to the side: Just shut up!

  8. Know what you know and hold tight to it

  9. My business ventures are my babies and it’s OK to talk about them

    If I can listen to people talk about their children and pets ALL day – which I don’t mind within reason, they should be OK with me talk about my businesses – within reason.

  10. Opportunities don’t go away, they go to someone else

    I am working on two ventures that are great opportunities. One is in the early stages and the other is totally groundbreaking. People keep asking me if I am doing too much. Possibly.  But I do know that if I don’t make moves, even in small increments, those opportunities are going to other people. And that would be sooooooo stupid on my part if I allow that to happen.

Those were some of my lessons.  What were yours??


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