Sunday, April 24, 2011

If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there!

Russel quotes so much wisdom from his wise old grandmother that if he wrote a book with that title, it would surely be a best seller. You don't have to buy a book, his words are free...just continue to read his wonderful blogs.

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If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there!
Mary Agnes Kirk, my wise old grandmotherMy wise old grandmother helped me start my first business when I was ten years old, and one of the first things she said to me was, "If you fail to plan, plan to fail."
One of my favorite music personalities, George Harrison of The Beatles, said it a different way on his CD Brainwashed (2002, posthumously): "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there."
Such sentiments can apply to both business and personal life. I've always been a workaholic, sometimes out of necessity, sometimes simply because I thoroughly enjoyed what I was doing. Although still a somewhat pejorative term, to me a workaholic is simply someone who is addicted to work, either out of necessity or because of a severe love of what s/he is doing. It often applies to the self-employed, many times out of sheer necessity to make an honest living.
http://russelrayphotos.comI currently consider myself a controlled workaholic, a term that, to the best of my knowledge, I coined in 1987. A controlled workaholic is a workaholic who has to plan his personal life to keep his business life from overruning it. So in 1987, when I was forced to become 100% self-employed rather than relying at least partially on an employer to pay me a salary, I conscientiously decided to control my workaholism rather than letting it control me. That's when I fell back on what my wise old grandmother had taught me almost a quarter century earlier: Plan.
I have four attirbutes that sometimes create havoc in my life:
  1. a love of learning,
  2. a love of teaching,
  3. a love of writing, and
  4. a love of helping others, sometimes even to the extent that I'll do it free or otherwise let it hinder my ability to make a living.
http://russelrayphotos.comIf I'm not actually working for a Client doing whatever it is that s/he hired me to do, then I can virtually guarantee you that, in some form or fashion, I'm learning, teaching, writing, or helping others.
The founders and operators of ActiveRain have realized that their points system can easily create workaholics out of people because competition is the whole basis of capitalism and a free-market enterprise system. It's probably the whole basis of society, civilized or otherwise. And competition can sometimes interfere with other aspects of one's life. That's why ActiveRain limits comment points to 250 per day and blogging entries to a maximum of 2,250 automatic points per week.
ActiveRain and blogging should not be the only arsenal in your marketing attack, but if you subscribe to it, and I do, it should be a persistent and consistent weapon. But that's true of any weapon in your marketing arsenal.
If you haven't started planning yet, well, it's never too late (something else my wise old grandmother told me). In addition to planning what you'd like to accomplish for the rest of 2011, plan what you're going to do each day, each week, and each month to reach those goals, and I'd be willing to bet that you actually do reach them.
Every day that you fail to plan puts you one day closer to your plan to fail, and if you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there!
Any road will take me to see
Belinda Spillman and Will Hamm in Denver, Colorado

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