Brené Brown is one of my favorite speakers/authors..

I am in the process of reading another book Brené Brown has written.

This book is titled Daring Greatly.  She has quoted Theodore Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena quote:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

When you are going where no one else has gone before you in your group or family – becoming an entrepreneur, creating art or music, or taking risk on an investment, look for feedback and encouragement from someone that is in that arena.

Loved ones, friends and family, might not be the best people to seek council or advise — as much as they might have your best interest at heart – but being in the arena requires taking risks, being courageous, following your heart and most people do not do this.  They live a safe life from the bleachers.

If you are going to live YOUR life, do so from inside the arena and pay no attention to those that might judge you from the sidelines.

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How have text messages changed your communication?

Communication has changed drastically in the past 15 years.  There was a day when all we had was snail mail or phone call.  Then we faxed and email came along, offering new options to contact each other.  Now we have text and instant message on our mobile devices.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This has left many of us confused about the meaning behind the words or even better how long it takes to respond.

text messagesA few years ago I started using text messages with my kids. At dinner, one of the kids asked me why are you always so mad when you respond to my text?  Then the other kids chimed in that they felt the same way.  I was totally taken aback.  I said, ” I’m not mad, why do you say that?”

They told me that my answers were so short, one word, and no extra words (and as I am sure you have figured out, I am a talker…) What I was hearing was that my text communication was very different from the way I communicated in person. By the way, I thought that was what a text was for.  They suggested that I use emojis so that they could know what I was feeling.

Ok, I sure did not want people to misunderstand my text so I started using emojis.  Then one night I sent a text to a male friend and used the winky face emoji.  OH MY GOSH,  my kids advised me that this emoji meant I wanted to have sex….. that meant I had to clarify that emoji with my friend.  You can only imagine the awkwardness of that conversation.

Then when do you respond to a text?  I think that there is a time limit on what is an appropriate response time and I think that is different based on age and lifestyle.  However, if you have the read receipt notification on and you don’t respond means “**** ***.”  Wow,  what an eye opener that was.  What if I could not respond right then? What if I needed to check something before I responded?  What if I wanted to consider it?

I have finally come down to this rule, when in doubt make a call – tone of  voice, verbal responses give you the additional information that is needed before you make an assumption.

How have text messages changed your communication?

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How do we continue to grow?

I have a saying that I tell my team and family, “You are the average for the 5 people you hang around with.”

surround-yourselfThis did not really resonate with me until I started attending a class with some pretty high achieving business people.  After the class, I have stayed in contact with some of these individuals and began instituting many of the things they do. It is amazing at the changes this has created in my business.

As a result, I have realized that even though I am self employed, I get more done when I am held accountable.  Therefore, I have an accountability partner that holds me accountable for doing the important things I need to do to stay on track. I also know that I need to continue to educate myself.  That includes everything from technology, social media and business acumen.

These actions have created an excitement in me that I have not experienced in probably 20 years.  In order to continue this, I know that I need to surround myself with people interested in growing. Being in the presence of this type of person is like taking a daily vitamin.  You get stronger and smarter, handle change better and feel better able to deal with the negative.

How do you continue to grow? I challenge you to look at the 5 people you hang around; are they bringing you up or down?

Creating a buzz…..

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Why the Bee?

The bee goes from one “bee” utiful thing to the next. Taking what is freely given and sharing to create other “bee” utiful things in their garden. And then, after all the hard work, takes home some of the gift to the family to create something spectacular…that is again used to nourish and create growth.

That is what our individual journey can be.  Even through the difficult times and hard decisions, growth comes and we will look back and see how far we have come.

Bee like the Bee: work everyday to create something “BEE” UTIFUL!

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