Lunch with Mentors = Motivation & Money

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Mellissah Smith has written a great post with which I wholeheartedly agree : Never Eat Alone

The best line from the article is…

A lunch date with someone can change your outcomes.

Bar Balcony @ Hotel-Richmond, Rundle Mall I find that lunch with friends is often a simple way to get motivated. Being able to talk through one’s ideas, thoughts and any general chit-chat is a great way to both vent one’s mind and then refresh and rebuild.

I take every opportunity to have lunch with a local entrepreneur whom I call my ‘mentor’ (though he doesn’t really know that).

We use the opportunity to share our current and future goals, then discuss where things might be modified or amended. If the opportunity arises or is deemed necessary, we combine forces to complete ideas.

So I agree with the sentiment that lunch equals money, but I primarily use the time to stay motivated!

That being said, I also enjoy quiet time to mull over ideas. Not mull in a bad way, but so as to think through new ideas to determine if they are cost effective, ethical (and I mean in line with both my own ethics plus to some degree what society deems morally acceptable) and what I really want to do.

Being able to step out of oneself to see the ramifications of a new venture is always important. Asking yourself if you really want to do a thing is vital when in the startup stage; There is nothing worse than being halfway through a project to discover that the result is not what you had in mind at the beginning.

That’s my two cents for the day. Check out Mellisah’s site, she has many articles worth reading! This is one that has reminded me to stay motivated!

Getting more Photo Opportunities!

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Fountain in Rundle Mall Amused with myself and life. I said a few days back that I would have a photographic-hiatus for the next 12-18 months, all while our first child grows up. Yet it appears that cannot happen, or may not start for a while.

Read on to discover how busy my photo-calendar is right now:

1. Last night I had such a great time shooting people at the Hotel Richmond that I’m keen to do more event and people photography.

Having the opportunity to compose and shoot photographs of people (mostly) willing to stand still for a few moments is a lot of fun.

Being able to chat, laugh, and get people whom I’ve never met before to smile perfectly for a seemingly candid photograph seems to be quite easy for me – and I never knew I had that in me!

Yeah, some days I am extroverted, some days I am shy. But with my camera in my hand, I am in my element.

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2. A month ago I was asked if a few of my photos on Flickr could be used in a book for the ‘South East City Stories Project’. I agreed.

The book is being launched next weekend at the ‘Box Factory Community Centre’. To which I have been invited to attend. Yes, same place and time as the Cupcake Camp Adelaide ! Going to be a good night.

3. I have been asked to shoot a wedding for some new friends whom I only met a few months ago – in Aug/September 2014. (Date at last correspondance with client, so it may come forward.) I’m looking forward to it, they are nice people so it will be fun to organise and shoot lots of different styles of

So much for having a photo-hiatus. But I don’t mind. Being able to hold a camera in public is not only fun, it is good for the soul. Or at least it is for me.

The Value of Social Connectivity

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I don’t post comments/responses on other blogs as often as I should. Tonight I found an article where I found myself agreeing so much with the writer that I felt it important to respond.

Nothing bad, I totally agreed with the article. Check out what I wrote. Respond if you feel the same or otherwise.

LinkedIn and the Meaning of Connections « PR and the Social Web.

Oh, wait, my comment may not appear straight away. It’s being moderated by the writer. If it doesn’t, no matter, the article is still worth reading.

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Any Interest Yet?

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Is anyone pinning stuff from your web site? Have you been noticed, pinned, pined after, appreciated, venerated and been given the free promotion you feel you deserve? Apparently you can find out fairly easily:

For those who are utilising Pinterest to push products from other people’s sites, and least of all your own (cause the contract implies you shouldn’t do that), you should check if others are promoting your products, your photography, your business, your sense of humor.

Simply insert the URL of your site where I have put question marks. Remember to include the ‘http://www.‘ but not with wordpress blogs.

There you have it. Don’t worry if you find nothing. Whilst the term ‘reciprocal linkage‘ is still quite foreign to many, you will find that many people will eventually.

Alternatively, particularly if you are male, utilise to find stuff that takes your interest and makes it more …well … manly. Mainly.

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Using Viral Networking to Determine Influence

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FastCompany is seeking the most influential people on the internet. I’m not sure how they are calibrating this system, but it is (at least) a great way to see how viral a site can be.

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By connecting with people via the many popular social-network sites, and encouraging participants to encourage others to join, this could be a great way to see how fast any site can be an influence on the whole internet.

Gone are the days when the internet was purely a device for connecting a couple of colleges: Now we are connected because of the sites we want to be seen upon.

Who am I to stop a trend? I could be the most influential man in town, really, I could be. But that is not up to me. I might ‘blow my horn‘ on occasion, as some are inclined to say, but I doubt I can influence enough people to, say, well, use a sharpie to write on their CD’s.

On this occasion the best influence I can give is that YOU join to see who you are influencing. Oh, but please do it via my page. Aha, that’s how viral marketing works. Go on, you want to know, don’t you?

My Wine for DeadReds

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Ingoldby Mclaren Vale 2000 Shiraz I’ve found a fantastic bottle of red for the next ‘Dead Reds Wake #7‘ night! What are you bringing?

See you there. I’ll be the guy photographing all of attendees tasting, chatting and networking with all new-found friends. I know, because I’ve been to few wakes now, each time meeting new friends and finding great people to talk with … and then capture them in interesting photographs!

These events are a lot of fun, and definitely a good night out, even if you don’t win nor drink.This time I am going to win!

Online Networking is as Important as Real-World networking.

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Me, I make decisions on a moment by moment basis. Meaning that if things change, then I change.
I can adapt to almost any situation, and usually without much contemplation. I find this a good trait, yet some people think it means I am two-faced. Yeah, I can see that, but they see this as a negative. I see it as a necessary method to overcome (almost) any obstacle.

If one situation requires me to submissive, then I will submit. If the next situation is failing to meet expectations, I will find other ways to overcome that obstacle – even if that means being domineering. Or as I prefer to say: Persuasive. It’s not difficult, it just means being aware of people’s needs, communication barriers and being empathetic to everyone’s situations.

A few days ago I posted this message upon my Facebook wall:

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People need to understand that “Special Needs” children don’t have an illness, there is no cure, and are not contagious. They only want what we all want = To be accepted. 93% of you probably won’t copy and paste this. Will you be in the 7% that will and leave it on your status for at least an hour?”

I like the message this presents, I like the forwardness of the words, the question it asks of all who read it, and the suggestion that they would not be able to meet the requirements. Plus I really like the sentiment. My wife and I do not have kids, yet we dote on our nieces like they are our own, plus we support children-charities whenever possible.

Within a few minutes, this same message started appearing on my ‘friends’ walls.
This was cool. They were coming back to my wall to make comments on the quote. So did the person through which I found the quote. I was most impressed with those who were committed to keeping it on their status for more than few hours. I’m going for a week. Three days so far.

Yesterday a new online friend (whom I won’t name for privacy reasons) sent me a message that basically says:

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Hi there Stephen.
I feel guilty that I changed my status. It’s played on my mind so I want to tell you why I did so.
{issue removed}
Meaning that I don’t dwell on these things and take each day at a time. So having it in my status is putting the hurt all back in my face each time I look at it. I hope you don’t mind me candid and I hope you understand. I’m not denying … just processing. {more removed}.
The other stuff is just a management issue I guess.

I admit I spent a few minutes reading this person’s response over and over again. I arrived at a conclusion based on where my heart is, the slight tear in my eye (relating to their issue), plus a lot of personal-reasoning:

Don’t let this status-thing worry you any further, it’s not worth it. You obviously have far bigger concerns! Particularly under those circumstances. What would be really cool is that you write all this up and put into a blog or something similar: You’ll be surprised to find an amazing backup via the Internet.
From a concerned friend.

A few hours later they responded:

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Thanks Stephen. :)
I know status things seem trivial. I have a way of blowing up unimportant things I guess. One of my many delightful quirks. Yes, I do write about it from time to time. {Part of issue removed}.
XXXX is very good at fudging things i.e. if she doesn’t understand something it can be tricky to know it as she works her way around it. I’m on the better end of a black tunnel at the moment. A difference a day makes, as the song goes.

It was at this point that I decided to cease correspondence. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I was seeing something else here.

Online networking is as, and in some circumstances more so, important as real-world networking.

Too often we hear in the media that online networking is a waste of time, is killing people’s brains, and a waste of a good medium. Bollocks.

The internet was born about forty years ago to enable two colleges to communicate and send data quickly and easily. Basically, nothing has changed since then. Now it’s all about semantics, form, function and appearance.

In order to reach this point, everyone who uses the internet has had to go through a slow learning curve. We’ve been shaped by the very nature of the WWW, the latest trends, fads, domains and clustering of people together.

Those with a penchant for social networking have grouped into the areas that interest them most, and are now learning how to communicate effectively using the written word rather than the spoken word.

This is all good, important, and most interesting.

Like many others, I continually learn new ways of corresponding via the WWW by ‘fudging‘ them first, testing the possibilities, then learning from the outcomes.

Twitter, Plurk, Facebook and many other SocNet domains have introduced us all to differing styles of cross-communication, all without seeing people’s true faces, knowing their family nor even meeting them. Whilst it concerns many, it fascinates those of us with a thirst for new and diverse information!

Thanks to the email-response from this new-found friend, it’s apparent we can all learn from every circumstance that life leads us into.

The internet has enabled everyone to talk via typing with people around the world, thereby giving us more to do, achieve, acquire and learn. The whole world is now teaching the rest of the world through their very activity on the WWW. When people f#&% up, we watch and respond. When friends display their inner-feelings, we respond accordingly – and sometimes badly but mostly appropriately.

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This is a lesson for everyone: Your online activity may not be seen by everyone, but you will need to account for your words when it all goes pair-shaped. Trust me, that’s not a lesson you want to miss, nor have to go through again.

The moral here?
Most of us have it fairly easy in life, whereas some ‘fudge’ things in order to learn. Don’t let little moments where you fail to meet other people’s standards let you stop being yourself, stop learning, nor stop your life.

/ end rant. Not sure if anyone else will fully comprehend this, but I feel good for typing it all out. Despite being 5.15am.