Welcome to Episode 87 of Praestabilis: Excellence in Marketing
Welcome Aboard for Episode 87 of the podcast! This time I’m discussing… “Inspiration… who and what are inspiring you to live the life you want to live?”
I’ll share two quotes with you that are directly related to what I’m talking about in terms of inspiring and being inspired. The first is…
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
For me, the things I thought I could not do were writing and fundraising. Over time, both of these activities are become the focus of my life and I live to help more people and share my stories with the world.
The next is…
“I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.” ~ William Faulkner
It’s easy to convince yourself that you need more time before you can be inspired and take action with something that holds the potential to change not only your life, but the lives of people around you.
While speaking with a man I mentor, I told him that I must be inspired before I can write or market or do most anything in my business. Luckily, that inspiration arrives every morning at six, just like clockwork.
I have bills to pay and people on two continents who depend on me for at least a small part of their livelihood.
Some are family members and most are the people who help me with various aspects of my business. If I take
time – days at a time – to get clear about my message and my business, lots of income is lost for everyone of us.
Once you do work that is inspired by others, or are able to inspire yourself to do it every day, you’ll never work another day in your life.
I had wanted to write from the time I was about ten or eleven years old. I did very little writing over the years. When I was in college at UCLA I was again inspired to write by the people around me. But it would take many more years, until I started my online business in 2006 before I would incorporate writing into my life and finally share the stories I wanted to share and bring characters to life with my words..
This led to articles and columns in local newspapers and magazines, full-length books, and short stories over the years, and finally to the writing I’d wanted to do so long ago… writing for television and film. But it was only when I realized I would have to write in order to build my new business that I took action and began writing each day.
I had also wanted to volunteer and get involved with fundraising, but never felt like I had the time or the money to do so. While living in an apartment building owned by Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame, I got the idea into my head that this was something I could do.
There were people living in the apartment building whose daughter and son-in-law were involved with fundraising in Los Angeles. That planted the seed that I could do this as well at some point in the future.
I did start volunteering with Rotary, an international service organization two decades later, and now this work is a primary focus of my life.
Do the things you think you cannot do. Take action every day. Be inspired by the people and projects that resonate with you. You can achieve all of your goals and dreams, and inspire others along the way.
Connecting and collaborating with others is crucial to our great success. While waiting in line at the post office years ago, a woman struck up a conversation with me. It turned out we had much in common, as she had been an author and online entrepreneur for close to three decades, while I was still relatively new.