Monthly Archives: June 2014

Business in a Social Environment

Over the past several years I have attended a number of workshops, seminars, webinars and the like all addressing this topic of balancing business in a social networking environment. I have learned and gleaned much from these studies. Yes people want to know, like and trust you before doing business. And yes rapport is paramount to having doors open to a strong business relationship that’s mutually beneficial for all parties involved. Notice I said mutually beneficial.
Mutual means-1. possessed, experienced, performed, etc., by each of two or more with respect to the other; reciprocal: to have mutual respect. 2. having the same relation each toward the other: to be mutual enemies.
Beneficial means-1. conferring benefit; advantageous; helpful: the beneficial effect of sunshine. 2. helpful in the meeting of needs: a beneficial association.
No matter what environment we are in all of us want relationships that benefit both parties if we have decent and moral character about ourselves. As a philanthropist I need to work with great organizations that work to fulfill eminent human needs or eminent environmental needs which include the animal kingdom, plant kingdom, the air we breathe and the atmosphere in which our planet revolves. My money, intellectual ability/property and my advice are for the taking if you meet these core needs that I consider of utmost value. How is it mutual if I’m giving to these organizations one might ask? The answer is simple from my perspective; it keeps me on track with my purpose from the heavens. If fine organizations such as the •United Negro College Fund •Boys and Girls Clubs of America •YMCA •Catholic Charities USA •International Missions •InnocentVoices.org •Nurse’s Children Foundation, Inc. don’t exist then purpose in this season for me does not exist. You feel me?
I conclude with this thought; if you have a good product or service that can be quantified as a viable resource that produces a mutually beneficial metrics, any environment to collaborate will work for most astute business people.
Don’t be so offensive when someone approaches you with an opportunity which may take place in a social environment. They may have the next best and trending idea since the invention of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.!
Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

Enjoy life’s experiences

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” (Dr. Seuss) I’m still grateful for all of the love I have experienced in my life. My 1st wife and I lasted for 15 years and boy was it a rocky journey, yet I’m grateful for the love. I still remember how fond I was of my 11th grade sweetheart and how cool our 3-month relationship impacted me socially for she was one of the more popular girls in my high school. What’s my point you ask? Dr. Seuss said it best, “smile because it happened”.

It is said, “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” and I agree with that statement. Without going through those emotions of puppy love, infatuation, desperation, excitement, disappointment, heartbreak and so on and so forth, we would not have run the gambit of feelings that are so critical to human existence and development. It makes us unique in the animal kingdom and more importantly helps us mature into wise old farts. Would you agree with my summation?

I’m almost 50 years old now and recognize the importance of going through these emotions because now I have a wealth of stories to share, experiences to compare and great loves lost. A number of times the emotions were not pleasant and I probably was not very pleasant to be around, but in the end I’m better for it! Keep searching, trying and exploring for a great story will come of it!