In-Spiration: The Importance of Action in the Face of Inspiration

Maya Angelou taught us the importance of self-reflection. Karl G. Maeser explained the necessity of being a better version of yourself. Today, we look to Thomas Jefferson, one of our country’s founding fathers, about how self-reflection and the desire for evolution are nothing without action.

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
― Thomas Jefferson

We touched upon this topic with Maeser yesterday. After all, evolution is just another form of action. However, evolution can happen both internally and externally. An action is nothing, but physical. It’s applying for the job, setting your alarm earlier, and going to that yoga class.

The reason we are expanding on how you apply your self-reflection is that it is imperative to success. No one has ever succeeded by standing still, whether it’s a person or a rock on the shore. Eventually, your will erode until you become small, broken, and easily swept by the tide.

Constantly working and pushing for what you want is the only way to ensure your success and you can be certain that your hard work will define you as a visionary, influencer, and innovator.

Will it take time?  Yes. Years? Probably. Most of the best business men and women were determined individuals that worked long, passionate hours for years to achieve their dreams. So, don’t give up now. Keep going. Act and show the world who you truly are.

Now, it’s your turn. Do you agree with our interpretation of today’s quote or do you think you can do better? Act! Let us know in the comments below or leave a comment on our Facebook page and Twitter. We want you to inspire us.

What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.

How to Network: The Foundation of Influence

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In addition to writing and marketing, I have also worked in entertainment and if there is one thing that I have learned in that experience, it is that networking is everything. Knowing people and collaborating with them not only gives you new opportunities, but it also lays the foundation for future followers.

However, not everyone understands the importance of networking or are too shy to follow through with conversation. That is why we are giving you a few tips on how you can improve your networking skills

1. “You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery, and I promise you something great will come of it.”-Benjamin Mee, “We Bought a Zoo”

 

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When I met Elie Wiesel for the first time, it was because of 20 seconds of insane courage. The goes with meeting people like President Muhammad Nasheed of the Maldives and interviewing Piper Kerman, the author of the book “Orange is the New Black.” If you see someone that you admire or who you have always wanted to work with, 20 seconds is all you need to say “hello” and make a first impression. Don’t let those 20 seconds leaves you in the dust.

Bonus Tip: If you’re really nervous meeting new people, have a go-to friend that will help introduce you and make sure the conversation doesn’t die. Think of “How I Met Your Mother” and Barney’s favorite game “Have…You Met Ted.”

2. Speaking of First Impressions

Always be ready for a good first impression. If you were to see me out, working on these blog posts, you would see me in a nice outfit (normally a nice blouse, heels, and my Lucky Brand jeans that I swear by) with my hair and makeup done. You only ever get one shot at making a first impression and you never know when it might happen. It might be at a conference or it might be at Starbucks in the morning. Always be ready and waiting to make that next, crucial connection.

Bonus Tip: Invest in a conversation piece. With a simple outfit, they grab attention and can start conversations. Mine is a pair of saddle shoes that no one can believe I got from Payless.

3. “Let Me Give You My Card.”

There is nothing more important than making sure that you leave a conversation with a person’s card and they leave with yours. Invest in nice, eye-catching business cards that stand out amongst the 50 other cards people get at conferences. Also, don’t forget to send a quick “Nice Meeting You” email after big events to keep the conversation going.

Bonus Tip: Don’t be afraid to get creative. Horror filmmaker, Lynne Hansen, leaves “I Make Films Like a Girl” buttons at every film festival she attends. By the end of the festival, everyone knows her name.
Courtesy of “I Make Films Like a Girl” Facebook page

4. Have to Go to Conversations Starts

Small talk sometimes is a good way to start a conversation, but are cliché and die off quickly. Prep some interesting topics in your field that will not only make you memorable but will also impress the other side of the conversation. If they think you know what you’re talking about, they will be more likely to come to you in a pinch.

Bonus Tip: Want to speak with the expert from that panel you loved? Don’t be afraid to wait on the edges after to speak one-on-one with them and ask in-depth questions about the topic. It shows your initiative.

 

IN-Spire Yourself: Dare to Fail

Do you dare to failure?

Photo of JK Rowling courtesy of her Twitter
Is your fear of failure holding you back?

Today’s “IN-Spiration” follows our Motivational Monday spotlight from JK Rowling, who learned from her own failure.

“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”-JK Rowling

Failure drives humanity to do many things they might not be proud of. It also holds people back from taking a leap of faith toward things they want.

Funny thing is that our cultural fear of failure is one of the reasons I love watching young children. They are not afraid to fail. As they try to walk and talk for the first time, they are willing to fall and say embarrassing things. It’s that innate knowledge that failure is all a part of their learning.

As we grow older and enter school, failure becomes unacceptable. You have to succeed to go to college, get a job or a mortgage and have a  great life. We’re afraid of failure.

Success, though, is built upon failure. Major brands around the world have come from people who failed countless times but dared to get back up again.

Now, I’m learning to face failure. I’ve started this business and blog has been a leap into an abyss. It’s scary, but having the knowledge that I will be better for jumping is what keeps me from being afraid of failure.

Now, what do you think? What does this quote inspire in you and how can you apply it to your business endeavors? 

 

What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.