Thursday, April 14, 2011

What inspires you?

When I started Social Status, I had to ask myself what motivated me to run this business? What are my passions? What do I believe would work? And how I could make my business work?

I knew that I always had a huge curiosity and I am the kind of person who is constantly reasearching, reading, looking up answers and finding information.

I knew that social media would be a great fit for me, because I love to communicate, I love to learn, I love reading (news items, blog posts, websites, content, newsletters, discussions ... you name it) I love new ideas, I love finding interesting people and learning from them.

I love how fast technology is, how many people are involved with and in social media and how there is so much information that we have access to.

When I thought about my business, I wanted something to stand out, that would show what the most important thing to me was and my tagline was born Be Aware of Wonder ...

I got it from the author of "ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN" by Robert Fulghum.

To me, being aware of wonder is being open to everything. To know your facts. To keep up with technology. To find information. To stay up to date. To interact. 
To connect with people and to respond to them. 
To answer questions and build a community.
To know that things happen quickly especially now that we have the Internet and that people are learning and growing every day themselves.

The philosophy is:

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don't hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don't take things that aren't yours.

Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.


Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

I believe that social media is about LOOKING and BEING AWARE of WONDER.
That we have the oppurtunity to ask questions, to find answers, to build websites, to find people on social media sites who we can truly connect with, learn from, get inspiration from and we can grow by learning to listen to, to learn, to engage with and respect each other.
What inspires you? What are you passionate about?
And what do you believe really works for you and your business?

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