*photo courtesy of Teresa Boardman*
The Leo in me tends to over-analyze and go into self-discovery mode every so often and although this doesn’t necessarily have to coincide with starting a new year…….why not?
During Project Blogger I learned an important lesson from ARDELL – show your clients what value you add to a transaction….and blogging about it is an incredible tool. Now a question follows –
What are you good at?
What are you REALLY good at? Is there something that lights your fire and is there a way to incorporate that “something” into your business? Of course we know that you need to do what you love to be able to do it well….but with the market downturn and the economy the way it is….that may not be an easy task.
So here’s the challenge for you this year – you need to incorporate your passion into your business somehow and you will see the world change colors around you. It may not be an easy task if you have a passion for scuba diving and you are a mortgage broker……but with a little imagination, you can bring that “BAM!” into your marketing and possibly hook up with like minded individuals that share that same passion.
We have the tools at our reach – from Flickr to Facebook Groups to Tweet-ups and blogging – Digital Media can make it happen, but you need to focus and do it.
I plan to apply more creative juices to my marketing this year, I also plan on focusing on my architecture skills with our real estate business and niche market – it’s easier said than done….but it’s a goal I will achieve. I love to brainstorm by the way and would be happy to help you get there – so don’t hesitate to ask for directions. The toughest part is to find the source of your fire.
Happy New Year Everyone! May you find your matches and have the opportunity to light them up and enjoy the flame. (in my case….I was lucky to have been gifted the matches – Thanks T!)
December 29, 2008 at 1:35 pm
That’s a New Year’s Challenge, Ines…and a good one! Gonna have to think hard on this. Thanks for the spark!!
December 29, 2008 at 1:36 pm
And here I thought you were just a great tweeter! What a good writer with a wonderful message….and I know a good writer….I’m working on book seven now!
Thanks for sharing!
December 29, 2008 at 1:37 pm
Excellent, some friends know me by the nickname Match so I can really relate to this concept! Happy New Year and know you will reach your goals as you are fired up!
December 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm
Lisa – I am soo glad I sparked something – let me know how you do.
Tamara – now THAT’s a compliment…loved your interview with Jeff Turner btw.
Steve – “Match”?? 😀 how cool is that!
December 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm
Happy New Year, Ines!
December 29, 2008 at 4:34 pm
Hey Ardell 🙂 – Happy New Year as well!
December 29, 2008 at 4:34 pm
Great post Ines! So true, so true!
December 29, 2008 at 5:03 pm
Are you guys smokers?
That’s bad, man.. I used to smoke like crazy!
Gave it up a while ago, but I still used to do an “Obama” here and there, until I heard a podcast over a year ago from “Uncle Russ” (LOL), where he said something to the effect that if you QUIT, then you don’t have to miss smoking, cause you QUIT!
Hearing that single thought suddenly snapped something inside of me, and I haven’t had an “Obama Relapse” since! I actually can’t stand being around the weed now!
Now if I could only lose the excess poundages I carry.. Oh well..
Pardon me, I gotta get my creative juices cooking here! LOL….
Great post, Ines…
December 29, 2008 at 5:07 pm
Rocky – you of all people know about finding “your callling” – you are there my friend and I commend you for it.
December 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm
I see you put your Christmas gift to good use. Now you need to go set the world on fire.
December 29, 2008 at 5:19 pm
OMG Jim – you crack me up!! whatever gets your creative juices going….go for it! 😀
T – I knew you would be proud
December 29, 2008 at 5:58 pm
I have this lingering passion for cupholders but I’m not sure that will help my business.
December 29, 2008 at 6:49 pm
Jonathan – maybe you can offer cupholders to your readers…..or install some on your desk 🙂
December 29, 2008 at 9:50 pm
Ines – The thing about finding passion, is once you find the “one” thing you are passionate about, it will be the driving force to your success.
Best to you in the New Year!
December 29, 2008 at 10:00 pm
Paula….AMEN!! Best wishes to you as well