It's Saturday, a lovely sunny day here in Upstate NY. Fall has arrived, and we, for one, are delighted!
Jane is basking in the cool breezes, the smell of leaves turning colors (if one can attribute a smell to Mother Nature's housekeeping), the feel of sunshine streaming through white clouds that drift in a clear blue sky, and the feel of a sweater on her back. We are quite fond of sweaters, by the way. We even wear them during the dog days of summer, though we reserve the long-sleeved, turtlenecks for fall and winter.
Today, in an effort to help you with your marketing to women online, we offer one serious but inspirational thought. We feel compelled to offer this today as a result of several meetings in the last few weeks. Our business (over at WME Books) is growing nicely, and as it grows, we have the privilege of learning so many valuable lessons from our new clients. We are learning what customer service really means, we are learning the value of face-to-face meetings, and we are becoming more confident in our own abilities.
Just yesterday, at an RPCN meeting, where our alter-ego, Yvonne, holds the office of President this year, we had a roundtable discussion with 4 coach's. Two women and two men, all members of the ICF, chatted about the differences between coaching and consulting. The end result was recognizing that there aren't very many differences, and in a perfect world our organization and theirs should stop trying to compete with each other, and join forces to enable each other.
Which got Jane to thinking...why can't more people learn this fundatmental rule: that helping your competitors succeed is the best road to success for yourself?
From our store of funny stories, inspirational sayings, and just plain good advice, Jane offers these gems, taken directly from an ancient (but still useful) issue of Bits & Pieces, the magazine that motivates the world, quoting Christian D. Larsen, author of the Optimist Creed:
Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
Make all your friends feel there is something special about them.
Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.
Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.
And, from Jane, ask yourself, What's not to like about that?