For some time now I have wanted to create a space to share ideas and interests, yet I have always come up with an excuse on why I couldn’t. Not enough time, too much work, so many personal responsibilities, the list could go on; yet all of these were just imaginary hurdles that I needed a push to jump over. Today I received that push and gentle guidance that has enabled me to see what this space could be. I credit my first visit to #MKELikemind at Bucketworks in Milwaukee and a compelling speech from Jim Raffel, a local small business CEO, in regards to blogging and building your personal brand.
Once of my biggest hurdles was a question really. What are the impacts of combining personal thoughts in a blog that contains professional insights as well? This question was answered for me today, and I guess one could argue on a stance either for or against it. The light came on for me in a sense that all the ideas I will share over time are all my own viewpoints, be them personal or professional. Now I would agree that one should approach the combination of both professional and personal posts with the highest in tactfulness. I am passionate about all of the ideas I write about, they make up who I am. Why would I leave any of it out?
For some time now I have enjoyed this quote from Henry Ford in my business life: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right!” Today it had additional significance for me personally. All too often we focus on why we can’t do something (insert your reason here). I have decided that in regards to creating my digital space; one which will serve up thoughts on the customer experience, personal milestones, and life’s shenanigans, I can.