Brian Solis:

Digital change agents are passionate about digital innovations and ardent believers in their potential to help the organization succeed — but are sometimes reluctant to step into a leadership or change-management role.

These people are out there in your organisation desperate to help lead the revolution from within. Some may need a guiding hand. Others you’ll need to harness their enthusiasm and set them on the right path. Whatever you do, don’t let their potential stagnate or walk out the door!

How are you helping your digital change agents step into their full potential?

It’s too easy to get used to the way things are. Even problems. We learn to live them because “that’s just the way things are.” But as designer Toney Fadell says, look broader, look closer, learn to see the invisible thing that will solve the problem. It’s too easy to get used to the way things are. Even problems. We learn to live them because “that’s just the way things are.” But as designer Tony Fadell says, look broader, look closer, learn to see the invisible thing that will solve the problem. Great Ted even if you’re not a designer. If you apply what Tony offers in this video, you might just solve that one problem you’ve “learned” to live with. Do you know how the windshield wiper was invented?

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This may seem like a morbid post, but in fact, I think it’s inspiring. I don’t know where you sit on the spectrum of dealing with death, specifically you’re own, but after reading what Bronnie Ware uncovered, it made me think about life in the affirmative.

As a nurse, Bronnie Ware spent several years caring for patients during the last 12 weeks of their lives. She would routinely ask them if they had any regrets or if they’d do anything differently.

She eventually wrote a book about it called, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing. And here is what she said they had to say:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

“This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.”

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so much.

“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

“Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.”

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

“This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”

I hate the thought of getting to the end and having any of these regrets. Number five touched me the most – ‘I wish that I had let myself be happier.’ Which is not to say that I’m sad or depressed. But that I’m always thinking that I haven’t done enough. I feel the need to achieve more and more instead of just chilling out and smelling the roses.

I was thinking today that life is about having experiences. The more experiences the better. Forget about the superficial search for purpose and passion. And instead seek to have experiences for no other reason than to have experiences.

What is your greatest regret so far and what can you do now to change so that you don’t end up in a place of regret.

One of the reasons I’ve never been a big fan of labels is that they limit you. They close down the potential of possibilities.

You are many things. You’re a sinner and a saint; a murderer and a monk. The entire world that you experience happens inside your head. Nothing exists outside of your mind. That’s a powerful concept worth grasping.

 


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Let’s face it, staying inspired and motivated can be a full time occupation in and of itself. I mean, i’m in this business and everyday I have to tap into the well to remind myself why I do what I do. And part of staying motivated is being inspired.

If your life doesn’t inspire you, it’s hard to stay motivated regardless of what you’re doing. The cool thing is, you can develop some good habits that lead to being inspired daily.

Check out these tips for staying inspired:

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What are some of your habits for cultivating your inspiration?

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Show Notes

Experimenting with slightly different format than my normal personal development oriented podcasts. Let me know what you think.

Here are the links mentioned in the show:

Before you buy another self-help book check out this post The 7 Universal Life Lessons Contained in Every Self-Help Book Ever Written

Music track #1: ‘Yellow Dust’ – Mink

How neat would it be to have a friendship where you are heard, seen, validated, and not judged? Here are the secrets to a stronger friendship.

Your never to old to begin something new. Look what Masako Wakamiya did at 81.

Music track #2: ‘Heavy Step’ – Wilsen

Probably like us, you started your own business out of a sense of passion and desire to be your own boss doing the thing you love. But nobody told you how many different hats you were going to have to wear in order to build a successful business. And there are many hats!

In this episode, Tamryn Sherriffs and Clay Lowe tackle the issue that many entrepreneurs and small business owners face when dealing with digital marketing and that is where do you get the most value for your time? Should you spend more time on engagement – i.e. liking, commenting, and sharing? Or should your time be spent creating great content? Or since people hate being sold to but love buying things, should you spend your time (and money) creating an efficient sales funnel that gets your product or service into the hands of your customers in shortest space of time?

Meet Aimee Mann. She’s a mother of a child with special needs. On this podcast, she shares her story and reveals her motivations for setting up a support network for parents and families who have children with special needs and disabilities.

Here’s her story:

Web: www.aimeemannmentoring.com/
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