This blog post could easily be more about WHO versus WHY but I start with the WHY to get to the WHO. Why do I work each week? I still need to make money like most of us even though I have been working now for over 30 years. I started working when I was 12 in my father’s florist shop. Our house was connected to my Dad’s store in Ashland, Ohio. My two sisters and brother would spend most holidays like Christmas, Mothers Day and Easter helping our dad in his store. We would answer phones, carry flowers out to customers’ cars and make deliveries all over the little town of Ashland.
Now my weekly work takes me to offices teaching people LinkedIn or working with CEO’s on their books or building websites and growing online communities. But I remember when I was on the online marketing panel for Crains in Chicago a few years ago. I was sitting next to the CIO of a company called Shop Local. I had made a statement to the audience that when it comes to building online success, it’s “All about the people.” The CIO turned to me and smiled and said very emphatically, “No, Melissa. It’s always about the people.”
This is a better way of thinking about why I work each week–a more powerful way. This last week the reason WHY I worked was because of:
- The owners of C-Speak: a marvelous website that offers video and audio email.
- Maranne Murciano who is a wonderful media trainer, helping people show up like stars for interviews on radio, tv and print.
- The folks who created Bagmasters.
- The new book coming out on global values called “The Adventures of the Tornado Kid.”
- The amazing people at PlanetFassa who are helping the author of the book coming out on global values.
I could go on and on as each week I am also meeting new people, introduced from one great person to another. WHY do you work each week? Is it just to get a paycheck or is it something deeper? If you are like me and people inspire and motivate you then find the right people to connect to and make something great happen. It all starts with one person who can make ALL the difference.