I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Ryan Estis tell this story again yesterday at dynamic NEHRA conference. The hero of this true story, Lily (#LilyEffect), demonstrates powerfully how we can create purpose that fulfills ourselves, wow customers, and create “evangelist customers” who spread the word about us.
This young man epitomizes keeping a positive attitude, even in the middle of a living nightmare. It also shows the power of loving family and friends.
He is truly living into his Best DNA, and inspiration to us all.
I was very moved by this beautiful video, and the many affiliated videos, for One Billion Rising.
These folks have captured the essence of positive change as I think of it. They are focusing on the beauty, vitality and preciousness of women to inspire all of us to help bring full rights and protection to all women. And they do it through invigorating music, dance, and testimonials.
Even the videos that show heart-rending examples of abuse end with inspiring power and beauty!
Plus, as a male, I feel completely inspired to be part of this movement. This topic is close to my heart anyway, but the way it is approached is completely positive for all except those actively abusing others. Even some of them can hopefully be inspired to change their ways by the beauty and power of billions of people rising as one around the world.
Some of the other OBR videos that really captured my heart.
http://youtu.be/sVxy9oEShPQ (caution, heart-breaking beginning)
Bermuda’s Johnny Barnes shares his love of life and humanity with thousands every day.
Talk about positive influence!! Prepare to be inspired by this amazing man.
Charlie has clearly articulated a powerful approach to creating a career you can love. It’s an approach that we have used successfully as well.
Our Story at Matchbox Group:
In mid-2009, when work slowed down dramatically, I did the same thing. We had all this free time on our hand so we decided to go out and do what we loved for free until people could pay us. We realized that the best thing for creating paying work, is when people have experienced good work of ours.
The ways that have worked for us:
- We identified our “ideal client” and our “ideal gig”.
- We began to speak about these favorite topics to groups of people that contained our ideal clients (CEO’s, human resource professionals, and other leaders).
- Even more radically, we became very flexible with our price structures if an ideal client fit the following criteria:
Their mission is one we are passionate about
We like them as people and working with them was enjoyable
We have the time to do it
- The easiest thing is to do whatever it takes to make our consulting programs work for the client. That often means going way above and beyond what we’d expected to see happen. Adding value in many unexpected ways as we go along. The wonderful thing is that this is a far more delightful way to work as well. Plus, the testimonials clients did for us went from very good to outstanding.
- We produce free videos for our ideal clients. I’m a bit of a video production geek anyway, so it was an easy next step. We started asking if we can video-record portions of our programs. We created videos they could use to communicate changes to their far-flung employees and other stakeholders.
- We even create videos and lead events far after we are officially done with a gig.
- No surprise, their gratitude helps us network and build a reputation much faster.
- We’re doing more and more of the work we love to do.
- We’re partnering more and more with clients we like and respect and who like and respect us.
- I’ve always enjoyed my career, but now I love it more than ever.
- We keep honing our skills at what we most want to master.
- We feel engaged and alive, even when the money isn’t so strong. It keeps morale up.
My challenge for you
What can you do to create even more passion in your career?
At Breakfast With The Best we’ll be hearing from the 10 best companies to work for in NH. Plus the gathering of 300-400 will be sharing their top practices as well! Come for great ideas and fun connections.
Sponsored by Business NH Magazine
Following that we’ll move a few blocks for the Culture Con. There we’ll go deeper into how to apply the best ideas to your own organization.
I hope to learn and have fun with you there!!
I just read a wonderful post by a dear colleague, Schon Beechler titled Battling the Barrage: Ten Ways to Bring Positivity into Every Day.
I added two powerfully positive things I do in the comments below her post as well.