The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best– Epictetus
We (hopefully) get inspired by many things in life. A big promotion, getting your degree, or even starting your own business. However, in many cases, it is the people in our lives who inspire us to be more and do more. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had an opportunity to think about those who have inspired me to be more as a public relations professional.
Folks like Larry Litwin, Deirdre Breakenridge, Shonali Burke, and, of course, my wife, have had an indelible impact into my PR career. Every day, I am inspired by something they have done. It is why I love what I do and why I enjoy working with future and current pros to make our industry great.
Now, I ask you. Who is your PR inspiration? Why do we need to let our networks know they are great? What have they done to inspire our industry?
Let me know on Twitter, Facebook and in the comments below. I’ll then shout them out on Twitter. Be inspired by what you have learned and pay it forward!
“Nobody’s hustle is like anyone else’s” – Robert Downey, Jr.
A few months back, I watched Downey on “Off Camera with Sam Jones.” It was a great look at how the Academy Award Nominee prepares for a role and how he views his impact on the world. Downey said something during the show that really hit home for me.
I think the greatest gift anybody can give anyone is the opportunity to develop your hustle. Sam, you didn’t
wind up with these great pictures on the wall and documentaries in the can because it was all handed to you. You have to develop that, and nobody’s hustle is like anybody else’s you know?
Think about that for a moment. You can’t fit your career goals, ambitions, and dreams into someone else’s box. So, while you may look to people for inspiration, your trip in this life will not mirror what they have done. Nothing is ever handed to you.
In 2010, I landed hard after getting let go from my job. But, I didn’t expect any handouts and wanted to work for everything. That is absolutely what you need to do, as well. Focus on your hustle… Make your hustle like no one else’s.
Over the coming weeks, I am going to focus on people who have developed their hustle. These will be folks that haven’t been given a handout; they’ve put blood, sweat, and tears into their careers.
I’m excited to feature these hard-working and great folks.
“Hollywood is dead… you can find it in yourself.” – Michael Buble
I find a lot of inspiration in the lyrics of songs. The one referenced above is from Buble’s song, “Hollywood.” It’s a fun tune that can give you a little jump when it comes on in the middle of a long day. From the first time I heard it, that line “Hollywood is dead, you can find it in yourself” has stuck in my head. Every time I listen to that particular lyric, it hammers home this thought:
You may have the title of PR manager or marketing assistant, but it’s a title. An important one, for sure, but are you letting that title say who you REALLY are? What I’m not saying here is to have a revolt and march to your boss’ office and demand freedom. Too often, we get in a position where we let a label define us instead of the other way around.
Say you work in an office. Do you see just the four walls, or do you see endless possibilities? That’s the key to grasping the power inside you. Don’t see limitations!
There are some of us who question where we are exactly. Maybe your work doesn’t mean what it used to. So why are you sticking with something that frustrates you? Look at your accomplishments. YOU are the one who did it! No one else.
Remember that it’s NEVER too late to have a life and it’s never too late to change one.
What have you found inside yourself? Let me know in the comments.
During last night’s #HAPPO Twitter event, I was looking at all the advice given out to and for public relations pros (Thanks go out to Valerie Simon and Arik Hanson for their leadership on paying it forward in our field). I’m proud to be a HAPPO champion in the Buffalo, N.Y.-area. But, I learned a valuable lesson as the tweets came flying by a like speeding bullet that Superman is faster than…
I DON’T KNOW SQUAT. You can unfollow me on Twitter if you feel it necessary.
For a few minutes after the chat, I was a little embarrassed. Here I was giving information and trying to help fellow pros and I’m doubting my skills. You know what though? It’s alright. It was one of those “Ah Ha” moments that mark our lives. Sure, I never thought I knew it all. I always want to keep learning.
The minute we stop learning is the time when we begin to think we are better than we really are.
And that’s the one thing I never want to stop doing. The more I learn, the better I get. Every day, I pick up something new. It may come from a client email, a tweet, or even a phone call. Great ideas and teachable moments can come in any size package.
You may not always agree with what you learned… that’s good. You can learn something from disagreement. I’ve been in positions were I didn’t always see eye-to-eye with people. Sure, it caused some pretty stressful times. But, in the long run it taught me to stick to what I believed. In my current job, we are always tossing around ideas. It’s a collaborative atmosphere. High-octane learning, I like to call it.
Do me a favor… take a moment today, whether it be at lunch, on the train, or at home, and learn something new. Have your own “Ah Ha” moment!
What has your “Ah Ha” moment been this year? Let me know in the comments.