Why I’m Writing a Blog: Braggables, Passion and Love!

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I’m a fan of Tom Peters. He’s a world-class speaker and business consultant.  He’s considered an authority on management and organization effectiveness.  He wrote an article in Fast Company Magazine called, “The Brand Called You“. There’s a quote in the article that explains the term ‘braggables.’

“One key to growing your power is to recognize the simple fact that we now live in a project world. Almost all work today is organized into bite-sized packets called projects. A project-based world is ideal for growing your brand: projects exist around deliverables, they create measurables, and they leave you with braggables.”

– Tom Peters

Even in the short time I’ve been blogging, I find I’m working on a series of small research projects to create my posts.  I’m learning new skills and gaining knowledge in new areas during the process.  Most important, I’m gaining BRAGGABLES!

I’m surprised at people’s reaction when I say I’m blogging.  I get peppered with questions on how I create my content. It makes for great conversation at social and networking events. Plus, it looks good on a resume or an online profile. Reason 1 … Braggables!

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey said it better than I could have. When you have a passion for something, research becomes fun. (Believe it or not.) I like reading and listening to podcasts about subjects I enjoy. Now I get to write about those subjects as well. Energy is no problem when you’re writing about subjects you care about. Reason 2 … Passion!

I once had a co-worker who spent most of his time working from home. We had business calls and emails. However, I rarely saw him in the office. Something changed and I started seeing him every day. I asked him why he gave up working from home? His response … “I’m not getting the love!”

Now I know what you’re thinking … “That’s crazy! What love?” Funny thing is, I understood. He did excellent work. As a result, he got a great deal of positive feedback and compliments at the office. When working from home, all he received was generic call and emails. His compliment ratio dropped dramatically. No love. Clearly the compliments were important to him. He had to stop working from home to get them back.

Here’s another example. I once found a women on Yelp who has very funny reviews. Yelp has a system for giving feedback on a review. You can click ‘Useful’, ‘Funny’ or ‘Cool’ if you like the review. I clicked funny or cool for most of her reviews as I read them. A couple days later, I got a reply from her. All she said was, “Thanks for all the love!”

With these examples in mind, I get ‘love‘ when I blog! It’s very cool to get emails or text messages letting me know someone likes what I post. Reason 3 … Love!

There is a fourth reason I didn’t include in the title … money! I’m not getting that benefit but I know bloggers that do. If I get added to that list someday … yay!!

Thanks for reading my blog!

Brent Jackson

Footnote – I found the Oprah Winfrey quote from an Inc. Magazine article, 15 Inspiring Quotes on Passion (Get Back to What You Love) .

Ask Yourself, How Much Time, Money and Energy?

Time, Money and Energy

Time, Money and Energy

Are you thinking about starting a new project, joining a new club or learning a new hobby?  Are you constantly being asked to serve as a volunteer, on a board or committee? The first question you should ask yourself is how much time, money, and energy will this cost?  Make sure you have a good idea of the costs before you say yes.

How much time?  How much time does the commitment require?  Are there meetings to attend (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.)? How long are the meetings?  Are the meetings during the workday, after hours or on the weekend?  In addition to meetings, how much time does the average person spend reviewing documents or working on tasks between meetings?  You want to make sure you have a complete count of the time needs vs. your availability. Time is valuable. You only get 24 hours daily minus sleep. Protect it! Say no if it requires too much time.

How much money?  Will you be required to pay dues, fees or make donations? Will you have to buy tickets to anything (an annual gala, conferences, concerts, shows or games, etc.)? Are there other expenses?  Do you have to contribute to a soup kitchen, food drive, shelter supply closet, or team uniforms? Will you have to travel? Small costs can add up quickly. Can you afford it all?

I served on a board once that served a lite meal at each board meeting.  The committees took turns providing the food.  If it was my committee’s turn, I had to share in the cost.  In addition, I had to make an annual donation plus the cost of tickets to two events each year. Bottom line – try to get a realistic idea of the costs for the commitment.  I have seen good people forced to resign or stop a commitment due to the financial burden. Say no if it requires too much money.

How much energy?  This is the hardest one of all.  Most people don’t think about energy cost.  Have you heard the saying, “A meeting of the minds but the minds didn’t show.”  Well each of us has a finite amount of mental energy to spend each day.  All commitments require mental energy. Sometimes, a lot of mental energy!  It’s important to show up to commitments with a clear, well-rested mind. If you’re asked to serve on a committee or board, they want you to do more than show up and keep the chair warm. Don’t forget to add stress to mental energy for a total score. Say no if the mental score is too high.

Why did I write this?  There are always needs to serve on committees, boards, sports teams, church groups and the like. It’s a great way to learn, grow, network, give back or make a difference.  However, I have seen people get involved in projects and it not work out.  In most cases, the relationship failed due to a misunderstanding of time, money or energy commitments.  I don’t want it to happen to you.

Thanks for reading my blog!

Brent Jackson