If You Didn’t Do What You Do, What Would You Do?

Kind of like the woodchuck…what would you do given no other influencers than desire?

It’s unusual to get a new question at a professional workshop wherein I’m the invited or paid presenter and educator. So last summer when a gentleman in the room asked me “What do you hate about your job?”, I was stumped.

Great people who expand my world = what I love, like Jennie/Dr. Chenergy (GABF 2014)

Great people who expand my world = what I love, like Jennie/Dr. Chenergy (GABF 2014)

His question caught me off guard for a few reasons.

  1. I focus on the positive and look forward, instead of for and at the negative.
  2. I’d honestly never considered that question in my mind, partially because I like what I’m pursuing and making happen.
  3. Hate is a really strong word – one I rarely use.

After stammering for a moment, and pausing for another moment or two, I’m sure I came up with some sort of response (I’d have to ask him to see if he remembers). What I do remember is that it made me reconsider what I DO like about my company and how I spend my days.

Life is either too short or too long, depending on your vantage point. Either way, choosing to invest the limited hours of life we get is a conscious choice and we should use it wisely. An old adage is still timely and true: Life’s short, play hard. I’d adapt it to this; Life’s short. Do what fulfills you and makes you happy.

FYI

What I Hate About (Any) Job: Arrogant people, selectively ignorant people, snobbery, and other garbage usually perpetuated by people. So I avoid those people.

What I Love About (Any) Job: Mind expanding positive people, interesting new experiences, flavors, travels, changing culture for the better, improving gender equity, having fun.

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What I Love & Loathe About Twitter

Love:

  • That you can literally reach out and emeet people from across the globe.
  • That you can choose to follow whom you wish, why you wish, when you wish.
  • That you can connect with others across the globe with shared affinities.
  • That it’s on 24/7/365.
  • That other people can find me and my business if they wish.
  • That many connections on Twitter can develop into real meaningful relationships.
  • That it’s a fun challenge to be concise in 140 characters or less.
  • That you can learn mind boggling things in short snippets.

Loathe:

  • That some people expect you to follow them ‘back’ if they follow you.
  • That some people abuse and misuse it by only posting from a very selfish standpoint, as advertising tool, or only post trite quotes – nothing original.
  • That some people are uncivil.
  • That it’s a frustrating challenge to be concise in 140 characters or less.
  • That some people don’t post a helpful profile.
  • That it’s on 24/7/365.
  • That some businesses and people on Twitter think it’s okay to simply yak about what they do. All the time.
  • That it can be a huge time sucker.
You can help others and yourself shine in Twitter (instead of tarnishing)

You can help others and yourself shine in Twitter (instead of tarnishing)

Twitter, like all social media, is intended to be a multi way intersection. I still subscribe to my coach’s advice: 70/20/10. 70% of the time you spend being a resource, knowledgeably addressing an audience you wish to develop. 20% of the time it’s fun chit chat. 10% of the time you get to talk about you.

No, it’s not solely an advertising or marketing tool. It can and should complement – not be a single avenue. No one tool would do everything you need or want.

Nor is it appropriate for arguing, inciting negative vibes, be an idiot, selfish or demeaning to another twitterer.

Yes to intelligent debate, as much as 140 characters allow. Yes to starting conversations, contributing to them productively, and to sharing what you learn that you find of value.

No to belligerence, ignorance, condescension, ugliness or anything else that is also unappropriate in person.

We’re a modern culture wherein we have grown up or at least grown older with tools we had no idea would ever develop. The online community is both rewarding and wonderful as well as it’s unsavory and disrespectful.

I sincerely hope you’re in the camp of learning how to act accordingly and respect others, no matter your avenues for communication. Let’s keep it sane, productive and in good taste. Use it to build, help and align.

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