What London and life is teaching me

It’s official I’ve finally made the leap out of the country and into the city; from Glasgow to London to be precise. I’ve been horrendously bad at blogging over the past… cough… Two months; but with good reason. All that shuffling and waffling aside, it’s safe to say I have now arrived in London and as a new member of this big, bold and beautiful city I would like to document some of the harsh but priceless life lessons this new chapter has already served up.

1. Life is precious and must be treasured

In the three short weeks that I’ve been here I’ve witnessed a man being knocked down by a bus, (literally two feet from my side) and as my feet were forced to jump and skip over the debris, my heart raced with fear and distress of what I had just witnessed. Today, it happened again as I witnessed a man collapse at a bus stop in Shepherds Bush. When you’re forced to face moments like these you get a wake up like no alarm or sugarcoated motivational speech can provide. Life is precious and instead of beating around the bush, playing at relationships, living in a place of unhappiness, or working a job that you don’t enjoy we must learn to value and appreciate the time we have and the people in our world that really matter.

2. Time is the currency of life

Through personal experience I have come to the conclusion that if someone doesn’t value my time, then they don’t really value me: irrespective of how much I may like or appreciate them. Who we spend our time with, and what we spend our time doing is either adding or subtracting from our life. There’s a song in Avenue Q, which I saw last week at the Edinburgh Fringe festival that says, ‘there’s a fine line between love and a waste of time.’ To put this in context this was about relationships, but I believe that it can also apply to other areas of life.

3. History repeats itself unless we change the record

To write for me is to breathe, and often I spend the majority of my time writing about my own observations in the hope that someone else may benefit. In doing so I often find that there are threads of familiarity that run through each post I write, which bugs me ever so slightly – It’s also part of the reason I haven’t written a post in while, out of a desire to bring something fresh. If we never step out and try something new, or face up to the opportunity failure has to offer, then how can we expect our lives to be anything more than what it is right now. Even if everything is great right now, life is full of peaks and troughs and it would be foolish to ignore the reality that surrounds us.

 

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The tell tale signs of a girls diary

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Being the writer that I am, I have many notepads, books, pens and a whole cupboard filled with diaries through-out my life. I am forever being mocked, and continue to this day being known for my stationery filled handbag – you never know when or where my next idea will strike, and I like to be prepared for all eventualities. The only discrediting thing here is that whilst I have a vivid and long record of my life up until this point. Through the countless number of pages about heartache, disappointments, dreams, and a lot of other exciting events. I am troubled that I rarely go back and revisit them, which probably tells me that I write to process my thoughts; but still, I am fully aware of gems that I will hold in these very pages. There must be at least five stories about boys that I’ve had crushes on, and the drama that followed when the boy didn’t like me back, or I couldn’t bring myself to tell him.

Come on, we’ve all had them!My point in sharing such a cringing fact is that I know there are lessons to be learnt from these pages, and I know that I have made similar mistakes before, which at the time seemed like a great idea… I just don’t understand why I don’t go back and read them.

Anyway, I digress. The reason for tonight’s post is to beg the question that whilst I seem to have an exceptional memory that doesn’t need reminding of past events, or lessons. There is the odd moment in time when I flick back through the overflowing pages of my pink papered diary – nearing the end of this month’s book – to notice only the change of pen colour, and sporadic re-occurrence of a certain someone who appears to have found his way into my diary? Huh? I’m shocked, and intrigued… and a little horrified! What does this mean? How on earth could he have slipped my security tight radar, and made it into this treasured book? Alarm bells ring, as I look up in shock. This… This must be monitored!

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Connectors

One of the greatest things about my job is the people I get to meet, and interact with.

Who are you connecting with today? One of the best parts social media has to offer, for me, is the ability to connect with all kinds of people, from all four corners of the earth.

So today’s post is a very short, and snappy one. I’m busy working on a value project, which I hope to bring to you soon.

Just to leave you with one thought. Who are you connecting with? Please remember, social media isn’t some magic formula that will automatically give you a ROI by logging on to Facebook. Social media is a tool, and a tool that has the power to connect you with your target audience.

If you have any marketing questions that you’ve been thinking about for a while, or you would like more information on social media strategies then please feel free to connect with me on Twitter @leemac85.

 

The importance of margin

I love the definition of margin, in its noun form, which says; “the space around the printed or written matter on a page.”

Other common words used in this context are: boundary, limits, perimeter, scope, room to maneuver, or space. However; for today I would like to use the word margin. I wonder what you consider the definition of margin to be, and if at all you do, apply this to your life?

Whether you’re putting together a mission statement for your business, or figuring out how to juggle life; and getting the balance of business and pleasure right. Leaving space for margin is vital.

Here’s a few thoughts on margin, and what I believe it can do for you:

1. In theory – Margin helps creativity

There is a reason why a place like Apple, Google, or Facebook are popular places to work. They leave room for their employees to create. Everything from the design of your office, to the position of each table, to the posture of staff contributes to the success of their company. An environment that creates room for growth not just for themselves, but for the people they employee, in my opinion, increases their potential to rise to the top.

2. Practically – Margin keeps you healthy

It’s true in almost anything that if you don’t create a balance between work, and family then one or both will suffer. Creating space for yourself, your family, and your work can be trying at times, but we must not ignore the importance of sleep, eating healthy, and having fun.

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Character shaping success

People are scared of failing, but the only thing that stops people from achieving their goal most often, or not is themselves.

When we keep in mind that failure can be the springboard for success, and believe this to be true; ultimately we are setting ourselves up to achieve.

If you truly want to achieve success, we should ask ourselves why? A wise person once said; “ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”

Love what Abraham Lincoln said when made this statement; “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but idiot want to test a mans character, give him power.”

So don’t be scared of failing. Learn to love it. Take stock of our motives, and have a heart to heart character check along the way. These two checkpoints are a winning combination.

Believe

What do you believe tonight? What are you believing for 2012?

We are hours away from entering a brand new year and I would like to take this opportunity to pose such a question, or questions?

Many people have spent the last few days, perhaps longer for some, reflection on the year past, and looking to the year to come. I’ve heard many confess, “2012 is going to be a great year,” but I couldn’t help hear the uncertainty in those particular voices.

The truth is there is a certain degree of uncertainty in life, and sometimes the unexpected happens, but ( and let this be a big but) we must believe the best. It’s good to speak great things over our family, relationships, businesses and even over our own lives.

Make a plan, if you haven’t already, to enter 2012 believing for somethings.

Write down where you see your business, career, relationship in 2012.

Be specific, and have a little faith that no matter the uncertainty of what next year will bring; we will go after a few things, and believe!

Happy New Year folks!