Tuesday

You Are So Great


You are. Just as you are. 


Forget the buzz words and phrases for a second. Let's just chat.


Only you know everything that you've been through to bring you to where you are now. I should imagine that it hasn't been a picnic. You may have gone through disappointments and faced situations where people made judgements about you that were not only unfair, they were plain wrong or mean.


There have been times that you've reached for a goal and not quite got there. You may not even be able to forgive yourself for that. You may not have realised until just now that you haven't forgiven yourself. Forgive yourself. Forgive anyone else you need to forgive to move on. 


Whatever your disappointments in the past. It's all behind you now. This moment is a fresh page, and you can write your future on it in whichever way you choose.


Here are some things to bear in mind. If you've struggled, but you're still here, on a blog like this, learning:

  • You know how to handle failure, pick yourself up and start again. You're brave.
  • You have confidence. Not everyone would pick themselves up. You have.
  • You have vision. You could see there was a better future for you, and that is why you are researching what is available, and learning all you can.
If you have courage, confidence and vision, you have all you need to be a leader. That's why I think you are so great. Get out there and lead. 

Saturday

Are You Using QR Codes Properly?


If you want to create QR Codes (and use them properly!!) this includes a QR generator.

Monday

The Poetry of Potential

I was thinking today about the immense power there is in potential, if it is only unleashed. 


I see some people unleashing that power and striding forward in the most beautiful and inspiring ways, but there are others with just the same potential who never act on it.


As I was mulling over this, a poem came into my head. It took about five minutes to write but people seem to like it, so I thought I'd share it here.


You know you have potential, don't you? You know you do. Just act on it, and see how the future unfolds for you.


Melody of Life


There's more power than you know,
In potential that you feel.


In your heart you'll find your truth,
It's your task to make that real.


There's a vision that you see,
Through your own unconscious mind.


But it simply will not be,
If your consciousness is blind.


So, your choice with every day,
As the seasons move along


Is to find a better way
To sing out your lifetime's song.


There is nobody alive
Who has quite the voice you do.


But bright harmonies will rise,
When it's shared with someone new.


If you keep your voice so small
That nobody ever hears,


Then your song will stay unsung,
As the months become the years.


And as decades string along,
And your dreams are memory


You will think of every song,
And this warning shared by me.


Only you can choose to shine,
Or to hide your light from all.


Only you can choose to rise.
Only you can choose to fall.


by Rebecca Woodhead

Tuesday

Do You HOG Your Business Brownies?

Fabienne Fredrickson talks about sharing your brownies. In this audio, I explain what that means and why SO many people choose to hog their brownies instead. When you've listened to this audio, leave a comment below and confess your crime of brownie hogging, or share how you avoid making that mistake and why others should share their brownies too.

Thursday

Does Making Money Freak You Out?


Right, let's chat. I've noticed that whenever the idea of earning money comes up people freak out. Creative people in particular lose the plot. How dare I suggest that they could make money out of their writing/art/music? Ring a bell for you?

Let's take a look at what money is (or should be). It's a representation of a value. It's a universal form of value that means you don't have to hand over two goats for a haircut. It's kind of useful. Is there anything evil about trading a cake for a variety of biscuits? Nope. What if you want to trade the cake and a kettle and a few books and some gardening time for a television? That's a bit complicated. What if you could just say that all that stuff and effort was equivalent to x amount of money and then trade the money for the television? More efficient. Has anything evil happened yet? Nope. Hang on though ... that was an evil, capitalist transaction!! Shock!!!

Admittedly, with the protests and all, this is a tricky time to talk about money but it's also a crucial time to talk about it because - whatever the result of the protests, and I'm not partisan, I can see points on both sides of the fence - you need to eat. You need to pay rent/mortgage. You need heating and water. Even if you truly believe that you can construct a utopian global political structure in which we all ohmm our way through life on nothing more than manifested camomile flowers (and as a hippie at heart, I yearn for that day) for now ... the way you get your camomile flowers, incense and environmentally friendly laundry soap nuts ... is by trading money for them. The way you get the money is by providing value to other people.

So, here's my shocking revelation for the disillusioned and creative. Ready? I think you're valuable. In fact, I think you are SO valuable that if you take the songs you write and the books you pen and the hemp bags you sew out into the marketplace I believe you could provide so much value that people will WILLINGLY hand over money to you. That is capitalism. You can then pay taxes on your earnings and help those less fortunate than you. That is socialism. If you polarise all this too much, you'll lose sight of the fact that, when it works, these things can work together and both create and share out wealth. You don't need to hurt anyone to make money. You need to provide value. The people who see the value will give you money. Will that mean they starve? No. Will that mean that if your hand-crafted jewellery is so scrummy that they can't resist it that they'll go without Starbucks for a month to buy it? Probably, and that's their choice, because most of us live in democracies in which we are free to make those choices. A blessing.

If I can help anyone, let me know. If I can't, I wish you well. If you want to share your conflicts about the point where creativity and earning a living meet, and how you've overcome those or how you'd like to, feel free. I have a feeling it could help a lot of people if you're honest and brave.

Thanks for reading this.
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First posted on Google+

P.S. Since this is such a big problem for so many people, I've now (Sept 2012) made a product to help you with it Money Acceptance with Ray Higdon.

Wednesday

What is Holding You Back?

People give such daft reasons for not reaching for their dreams. They are embarrassed or they're scared they'll mess up. 'Scared'? There's no reason to feel fear. Provided that your dream is legal, nobody's going to put you in prison for living it. Get perspective. You are here to be your complete and magnificent self. You are here to share your own unique talents. Do that.