I Acknowledge & Celebrate My Team

I Acknowledge & Celebrate My Team

And everything we’ve accomplished to this point.

Only two months ago, there was no team. Only connections and relationships that were at the beginning stages of forming, or collaborations that had yet to develop.

Now we have a small community of amazing people that chip in and pitch in as they’re able. And the community is growing.

Only two months ago, I didn’t have many collaborators.

Now I have a team that writes press releases and articles, designs banners, shares my content on their blogs, interviews me for their blogs, promotes our projects on social media, and more.

And when I look at all we’ve accomplished to this point, and all we can accomplish together, I couldn’t be more grateful. Results be damned. I can’t control them anyway. I acknowledge and celebrate my team, regardless of results. Because the team is amazing.

In a time when I’ve felt exhausted, anxious, even panicked at times (and the darkness can so easily set in) – I’ve had to remind myself, “I get to work with these amazing people!” And the level of support I’ve received and felt has been nothing short of touching and inspiring (and now I know what it means to receive).

I see how far we’ve come, and how much further we can go.

I’ve also gotten to see just how far I am from perfect, though it’s an arbitrary concept to begin with. And I get to admit it anyway, which is more freeing and liberating than one might be inclined to think.

I get to learn and to discover. To open myself and my projects to criticism and feedback. To assess different ideas. To see what works, and what doesn’t. It’s a playground. It’s a game. And I get to play.

I forget that sometimes. Some days it feels too much like work. And collaborating with my team is the furthest thing from work. It’s play.

As with any other game, we get to strategize, to try different approaches, and evaluate our score against our promised outcomes. It’s fun.

So, I acknowledge and celebrate my team. And I acknowledge myself for taking a chance to build it.

Having the Hard Conversations

Having the Hard Conversations

Is necessary.

When you’re feeling stuck, when you don’t know what to do, when you’re not seeing the type of progress you want to see in life… it’s time to have a hard conversation.

I had just such a conversation with my team today. And it felt a little awkward. But a lot of great ideas were generated as result of the conversation. I’m so grateful for my team.

You can deal in hypotheticals, or you can make an honest assessment of the truth, and plan next steps based on what you now see. I choose the latter.

Put My Email on Permanent Vacation Status?

Put My Email on Permanent Vacation Status?

It’s the craziest idea.

And I’m not considering it because I don’t intend to answer my email. That’s not it.

You know how marketers say to update your email signature when you have something new to promote?

Well, when you set your email to vacation mode, your vacation message ends up going out to anyone that sends you an email.

Meaning – more people see your offer.

Is this a marketing tactic? Well, maybe. But only if you don’t abuse it.

What Made This All Possible

What Made This All Possible

I just launched my new music business membership.

But this certainly would not have been possible without 10XPro.

Yes, that is an affiliate link, and I will benefit if you happen to click on it and purchase anything.

That said, I wanted to acknowledge what made this new membership possible.

There’s a lot of great course and membership platforms out there, to be sure. I just haven’t seen anything like 10XPro.

Even tasks that I thought would be daunting proved much simpler than expected, to where creating a premium membership experience is a joy and passion rather than another day staring at a screen, calling tech support, and trying to figure out why things aren’t working properly.

An Hour is Not the Same

An Hour is Not the Same

Since I started building a team, an hour of effort doesn’t feel the same anymore.

Prior to building a team, an hour of effort felt insignificant. I didn’t feel as though I could get a lot done in that time.

Now that I have a team, it’s starting to feel like I can get exponentially more done in the same amount of time.

It makes me wonder about the lone wolf guru types.

I have admiration for them, to be sure, but I wonder whether they’ve experienced what I’ve experienced.

I Joined BitClout

I Joined BitClout

So, I joined BitClout. Here’s my profile:

BitClout

Mostly out of sheer curiosity. And Tom Kuegler’s recommendation didn’t hurt.

I don’t experiment with every new platform under the sun, but I come close. And these days, I’m relatively quick to recognize when something isn’t working or worth my time.

This is basically what I found with Twitter this year. I love Twitter. I wanted to make a real go of it. But the effort to reward ratio was nothing like I expected or was promised.

I can see now that a big part of that was a lack of conversations and a proper collective supporting each other. I now know just how powerful that can be, given how great my team has been in supporting the creation of my new membership.

So, if there’s a takeaway there, it’s to get into conversations and put structures in early. Make the decision to grow together with your collaborators or team. Support each other in setting and reaching goals and be fully committed and unreasonable in reaching those goals.

On that note, would you like to be a part of my BitClout game? Let me know.