Monday, April 20, 2009

Social Media, Brains & Common Sense

Spam comes in a can. The ingredients are the dregs of mysterious animal parts, presented as a one size fits all solution to hunger. Of course, we have "Spam Addicts" who love the taste of Spam. Just ask the thousands who show up each year at the Spamara in Austin Texas. They have drunk the Koolaide and think everyone should be eating Spam :-)

What does Spam have to do with Social Media, Brains & Common Sense?

I am slowly learning about Social Media and how to use it. You know, as a retired school teacher this electronic age and some of these things just boggle my mind. Take Twitter for instance.

I confess, I am a brand new Twitterphile. It took me a while to comprehend and understand what Twitter IS and DOES. So this is what I figured out:

1- Twitter is great for EVERYONE because we all think that we are brilliant and it gives us the opportunity to share (read, Insinuate) our brilliance with others, even if they don't ask for our opinion.

2- Twitter seems to be reaching out to everyone who has ADD, ADHD and all the other "labels" that we, in the teaching profession give to those we don't understand or can't "reach" or whose minds are so far superior that they race ahead and are the definition and a marvel at multi-tasking although they cannot concentrate on any one thing at a time :-)

3- Twitter IS great because it actually gives us access to those who we would not be able to get close to, pick up a phone and call, or even begin to think that we could reach in more traditional ways, whilst giving us the "feeling" that we are "in relationship" with them. Just today, Lance Armstrong advises us that he is (at that very moment) speaking with Michael J. Fox on the phone! So, maybe we are using Twitter to become........................Voyeurs!

1,2, & 3 are in jest and I am, of course poking fun, however reading between the lines you will see that the stream of conscious nature of Twitter allows us to pick up some great information, have access to wonderful people who wouldn't have access to and DOES avail us the opportunity to put ourselves out there.

What about Facebook, MySpace, Ning and all the other Social Media Sites?

Since I am a Compassionate Marketer, I think I prefer this type of media in that they allow us to develop mini relationships with people. It allows up to click on their profile and read about them, get to know them, and even see if we are kindred spirits. If you are a marketer, it is essential that you be able to ascertain what a person's needs and goals are. Only then might you figure out if you can help them.

A successful business person KNOWS that

1- caring about others
2- knowing their goals and dreams
3- learning about their lives
4- learn what their motivation is
is the essential ingredient in success.

I believe these types of Social Media sites give you the ability to do just that IF you use it correctly.

I was enjoying my friend Lisa's Facebook page this morning and noted a young man who wrote a lengthy note and suggesting that she "download his free Ebook" to help her with her future. Of course, this young man did not take the time to learn about her at all. If he had, he would have realized that this accomplished woman has an incredible career and a professional in the industry for many decades. It became apparent that he didn't take the time to find out anything about her and assumed that she would be interested in his "free Ebook" because HE puts value on it, and HIS value is to use this ebook as a tool to hook unsuspecting people and "get them in his deal".

Let's all sit back and realize that not everyone is a Spam Addict.

Let's all learn some basic common sense when we meet others on any of the Social Media sites.

Let's be sure we take the time to get to know someone BEFORE we start "spamming" them.

What interests me most about Twitter and all the Social Media sites AND the Internet at large is that whatever you put out there IS OUT THERE FOREVER. Most people do not realize that.

Use your common sense. Use your brains. Think before you post!

May your day be a treasure bringing Increase and Plenty to your door.

Practicing Abundance, Prosperity & Kindness EVERY DAY,

RandiSusan Mallory
Compassionate Marketing
512.472.2604 Country Code 001
SKYPE/Oovoo: rsmallory

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Patience, Perseverence & Belief

This past weekend brought Passover AND Easter. The Universe presented us with a spiritual buffet. Last night I tuned in to one of my all time favorite films........Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner, Edward G Robinson..........can you guess? The 10 Commandments.

I remember when I was a little girl and saw this grand film in the "new" Technicolor on a GIANT screen. I remember drooling over a handsome Moses (Charlton Heston) and am exotic and mysterious Pharaoh (Yul Brenner). Edward G Robinson who played characters in many "Gee" movies about gangsters in the 30' s & 40's (and was the pride of my grandparents who always thought of him as "the Jewish boy who made good) of course was yet again, another "bad guy" Hebrew turning against his people AND his G-d.

If you've seen this film a gazillion times like me, I hope you saw it again last night! If you've never seen it, please do yourself a favor and rent the DVD. The Technicolor is better than anything we have today (in my humble opinion) and the history lesson coupled with the dashing leading men of the day make for a wonderful few hours of ........entertainment?

Hmmmmmm, which brings me to why this post is titled, Belief, Patience, Perseverance.

In order for us to attain our goals, we know we must write them down. Even BEFORE we do that, however, we must BELIEVE that we are "good enough" to reach for them, and then indeed, attain them. Moses displays this belief from the very start of the "Saga" in the movie. Don't forget, the retelling of this story is factual. Moses was left in the reeds on a River as an infant to be claimed by The mother of Pharaoh. He was raised to ascend to that throne until "fate" redirects Moses as he discovers that he is indeed a Hebrew. Moses then realizes that his kindness for and towards the "slaves of the day" (The Hebrews) was not just an accident of character. As history unfolds, Moses in embraced by G-d to lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt to freedom.

His evil brother conspires with the sitting Pharaoh and exiles Moses out of the "court" and into the slave camps of the Hebrews where Moses learns about his "birth" people. His BELIEF embodies him and he then perseveres to "know" his G-d. The reward is that G-d chooses Moses to embark on a path of leadership that brings us the 10 Commandments and a deeper faith to all.

Once The Hebrews successfully crossed through the Sea (parted by G-d) to escape Egypt, they wandered for FORTY (40) years before coming to The Promised Land. Moses wrapped himself in his BELIEF as he persevered. Patience was never lost, even as the people may have become misguided, Moses maintained his sense of purpose and belief through those forty years of trials and tribulations.

For those who don't know why The Hebrews wandered for 40 years, it was because G-d wanted to make sure that all those who originally left Egypt were dead. The Promised land was to be for those who were actually born in the travail and journey of those 40 years. It was THEY who embodied the belief, perseverance and patience, and "the knowing" that they would achieve their goals. Moses himself was not allowed to enter the new land. Joshua lead the people into the land.

What can we learn from all this? If you are a non believer there is still a valuable lesson in the history of the "story".

~~~~Moses embraced his belief and HELD on to it for FORTY YEARS

~~~~He persevered through obstacles, travails, food shortages, thirst, enemies and those who were naysayers not wanting him to succeed.

~~~~His faith, kindness, devotion and caring for others was embodied in his BELIEF in his Journey and its Reward.

Moses knew that he would not be able to enter "The Promised Land". Yet he continued his journey because it brought reward to others. HIS reward was in leading helping others :-)

Compassionate Marketers know that we must always think of others and help them define and reach toward their goals in order for us to reach ours. We must embrace our own belief in ourselves and our worthiness. We must take one step at a time and move forward day by day and have the patience and understanding that we WILL be moving forward. We must always, in the face of adversity (or those naysayers in our lives) persevere in order to attain our goals.

For a few hours last night I became that little girl again, watching Moses speak with G-d, battling the Egyptians, and leading my people out of Egypt.

For a few hours last night I sat in front of my 221 inch tv screen but magically my mind was transposing the images to that Jumbo tron screen of my youth.

For a few hours last night I felt myself BECOMING my beliefs, REGAINING my Faith and perseverance, and knowing that I must take one step at a time, each and every day to attain my goals.

This morning I am aglow with a RENEWED sense of faith (in my G-d, The Universe and myself)
and KNOW that I already am everything I want to be so I am putting one foot in front of the other, taking steps every day on my journey and KNOW that I will attain my goals.

What about you?

May your day be a treasure bringing Increase and Plenty to your door.

Practicing Abundance, Prosperity & Kindness EVERY DAY,

RandiSusan Mallory
Compassionate Marketing
512.472.2604 Country Code 001SKYPE or Oovoo: rsmallory

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