While watching a YouTube video last night, I heard an Internet Marketer express his vision in a way that made me think of a recent discussion with guests on my radio show. (In case you didn’t know, I am host of BOLD TALK BUSINESS RADIO, which airs on AM 1300 WMEL in Central Florida and streams worldwide at www.1300wmel.com.)
YouTuber and Internet marketer to the music community, Lee Beattie had said in his online video, “My Why is to educate a macro community that funds a micro community that feeds a community. His words summed up the conversation a small group of us began in the conference room at WMEL Radio after our 03.28.15 show.
My own mission is to educate and inspire people to acknowledge their own potential for growth, success and satisfaction in life and work. Over my life, I have learned that outer success is deeply linked with people’s view of themselves and the world around them.
Almost 15 years ago, I became conscious of my desire to help people feel good about who they are and what they do, regardless of their circumstances. My work since has centered on sharing tools for making that happen. Just as art triggers emotions because the creator’s expression mirrors an emotional landscape and responds to the artist’s sense of the communities around them, the same can be said of technical innovators who beat to the drum of community and consumer needs. Simply put, thoughts and beliefs fuel our feelings and our feelings influence what we do. It helps to be conscious of how that works. My goal is to help people become more mindful of thoughts and feelings so they develop the kind of inner mastery that empowers their outer success.
During my post-radio-show conversation with investments attorney Russell Weigel (author of Capital for Keeps: Limit Litigation Risk While Raising Capital and Preston Tesvich, co-developer of Hiro (a Bluetooth beacon for finding lost keys) and director of business development for JayCon Systems, I suggested the importance of encouraging critical thinking when divergent groups try to collaborate. Over the years, I’ve worked on many committees comprising diverse viewpoints, varying group dynamics, and varying degrees of group success. My observations show that the key predictors of success have largely been shared sense of purpose, agreement on strategy and people committed to the heavy lifting. Powerful change requires real work. That work also requires cultivation of inner and outer resources for success, especially what I call conscious communication—clear, consistent, focused, intentional communication—that leads to desired win-win outcomes.
If you are considering a collaborative venture—a business or personal relationship, an investment, or a community partnership—start by exploring where and how your purpose, resources, connections, and approach to life intersect. Also understand that in a collaboration, each party must bring valuable resources to the table. Consider the value you bring and the value you expect from others. That will help you determine the best way to collaborate for win-win-win outcomes. Also be sure that the projects you decide to work on make sense in the ecology of your own life and business. Time and money invested are limited commodities.