The Idea Dude


Thursday, April 17, 2008

When you get your acronyms wrong

There used to be an acronym for wealthy young couples with no children. They were referred to as Dinkies i.e Double Income No Children. Lots of disposable income and no commitments.

I finally figured out I'm actually socially dyslexic....

Because I have a Double Children and No Income!

Have a great day.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Made you smile

A friend sent me story today that reminded me of a very simple principle we tend to forget. I did until today.

People may not remember exactly what you said or did, but they will always remember how you made them feel.

That is so true both in our personal and professional lives. Perhaps to build our legacy, the key is to make sure that we can convey a memorable experience with everyone with whom we come into contact. How often do we return to a store that may charge a little more or a pricey restaurant just because they made you feel special? More often than we care to admit, I'm sure.

Think about how we remember the good ole days. They were certainly not always that good and often we can't even the exactly details. But we remember feeling good at the end of a summer's day at the beach with your best friends or the surprise gift or favor from a friend or even a stranger.

Perhaps, you will never remember every post you read on this blog but I sure hope you remember it made you smile or sigh even if it was just for a brief moment in time.

Friday, April 04, 2008

The power within you

I heard a phrase on the radio that has echoed in my head all week. It goes like this...

Can you hear the smile in my voice?

It was so simple, yet made me smile long after the sound had faded.

It reminded me of how we underestimate the power of language whether it is written, sung or spoken. Take a bag of words, dip your hand in and see what you can do.

Each sentence or phrase is alive. Like a warm breeze, it can embrace us. Like an eagle it can lift us up, inspire and make us soar. Then like a knife, it can cut right through us. It has the power to make us weep, be angry, laugh or cry.

Two necessary ingredients, your choice of words and your delivery.

Without language, there would be no record of history, no power to inspire, no means to learn. Perhaps it is that richness that has made humans supreme on this planet.

Nowhere has this been more evident than profound effect blogging has had on our society bringing together people with like interests from all parts of the world. People sharing their knowledge, their successes and their pain.

More often than not, we blog because we long for a connection, a response that says, I hear you... I am here

So, can you see the smile in my blog post?

BTW: If you doubt the power of words, head on over to my friends Liz at Successful-Blog and Joanna at ConfidentWriting. There's always magic in their words.