Here’s a fantastic statement to open my monthly report for MarkDeafMcGuire.com to bring you up to date on what happened during April 2016.
Starting too many things at once won’t help you get anything done faster.
Source: Mikael Cho
In the spirit of transparency, it is important to take a moment to reflect upon achievements and failures which are part of the process of growing.
Focus + Clarity = Results
While focus and clarity are almost interchangeable, they have a very specific meaning that serves separate purposes in order to create the formula for getting results.
When I started a personal business blog, I knew I was on to something but I didn’t have a crystal clear idea of what that something was.
The term, personal business, kept nagging at me, like an ice pick chipping away at the glass-like surface between myself and the concept.
Then one day, the glass-like surface of my idea shattered.
As a consumer, we all want to trust businesses, whether it is a one-person operation, small business [regardless of the number of employees or amount of revenue (source: SBA Table of Small Business Standards)] or a large, faceless corporation.
When it comes to dealing with a matter of a personal business nature, it’s a matter of reputation and trust. As the world moves on, so do each of us.
To put this in a different light, think about an iconic figure. One such example can be Bill Gates who started out creating a name for himself as the founder of Microsoft.
He then reinvented himself as a philanthropist through his charitable organization, the Gates Foundation. During this process, he transformed himself from a business leader (Microsoft) to a business husband (Gates Foundation).
In a sense, it is a personal desire inside each of us that wants to do business with the world.
The business of creating a better world.
Ever since the creation of “utopia”, we have all been searching for a way to create a better world. It’s a process that has been going for at least a thousand years now.
In other words, nothing is going to happen overnight.
However, something is going to happen over time.
And that starts with a clear focus.
Social Networking Update
With the explosion of social networks (Google+, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Twitter, etc…), social networking, social marketing, and social media has a crystal clear purpose whose definition needs to be understood in order to use correctly.
Social networking is a medium that allows you to listen and communicate with those you know.
Social marketing is the process of developing and integrating different marketing concepts that help create a better world.
Social media is a medium that allows you to communicate with your audience, whether it is one person or the entire population on the planet.
And all three are vital to the success of a better world for all deaf and hard of hearing people everywhere.
The question is exactly how?
Part of the answer lies in building my social networks.
Social Accounts Update by Month
Did you like how I segued into this topic?
(Note: You can “mouse” over the months to see the stats for each network.)
Again, in the spirit of transparency, this chart will be available on my Reports page as a testimonial to my efforts. Granted, there will be peaks and valleys to go through over time.
Such is life.
One thing I discovered about having a way to track these peaks and valleys is a great way to learn answers to questions I never thought of or never got an answer to from others.
The trouble with a great idea is it’s so easy to run and jump into the water. Never mind whether you are able to float like a pineapple or not. After struggling against the waves of persuasion, I realized that a personal business blog needs to stand out.
As a result, I think creating great visuals will illustrate my points using a powerful image with a few simple words.
In the grand scheme of the universe, we are all mere specks of shining light in the darkness, whether as a giant or a single person, up close or far away.
However, it’s the process of being able to shine that is important to remember no matter what we do. By taking the energy that fuels the flame within me using creativity, over time, I can help create a better world for all of us to enjoy living in.
That means creating an image in your mind when you see me whether in person or online.
How is it going, you ask?
Slowly but surely and that’s okay.
Even our world still reimagines itself little by little every day.
I will be posting about this project next week to explain a little more. As with any project, it is important to start and finish, even if it is slow and steady, adjusting as I go along to ensure I satisfy the reason you are here.
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I welcome your thoughts on these monthly reports as this is a template I will be fine-tuning over time to deliver exactly what you and I need to be aware of when it comes to progress reports. After all, a personal business can not fail if it avoids repeating the mistake of not creating better reports.
I look forward to your comments here.