Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Adventures of the Bottom Dollar


Hello and thanks for checking out this week's podcast titled “The Adventures of the Bottom Dollar”. 

Last week, I spent the last money that I have on this earth (here's a picture of it).


This week's podcast is how I started this week penniless and unemployed, or as I like to call it “self-employed but not in my income-generating stage”.

I also talk about the triumphs of my week, one of which was finding out that my Small Business Branding Tips Blog located at EASYBrandmarketing.com is now in the Top 100 Small Business Blogs on Technorati and rapidly moving up.  It's exciting and hopefully that and everything else I’m working on will lead to more traffic and eventually more business!

I also talk about the initiative I'm working on for testing and refining the EASY Brand Marketing Program developed through my company SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists).  I've contacted various Small Business Development Centers (or SBDCs) looking for an opportunity to relocate anywhere throughout the country to a location who will embrace this entrepreneurial opportunity.  There are approximately 1000 SBDCs throughout the country, and at least 100 of them have Twitter accounts. 

So far I’ve gotten about 10 hits on the site I set up, and my next step is to start contacting SBDCs directly, but if you have a contact at an SBDC that you can put me in touch with, or know of an investor who might want to fund Phase I development, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Via email at “podcasts @ exclusivemultiplicity.com”, or by finding me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or my main website (kindracotton.com). 
You can also contact me via Skype at my name Kindra.Cotton, or on my Google Voice line at: (201) 870-0234.  If you leave a message on my Google Voicemail line, please be sure to mention which podcast you listened to.

Click media player below to listen to this podcast.




If the player above isn't displaying, or working properly, you can also download the podcast from iTunes for free (it may take a few days for it to appear at this link, but you can subscribe directly to the podcast feed via iTunes if you want to always get new podcast episodes when they're first uploaded)!

Come back next week, and have a Blessed Day!


By the way, Click here to read the Transcripts (and note, I'm working on a better way to publish transcripts for the hearing-impaired, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know; For now, you'll need to scroll down to Episode 5).

Kindra



Friday, June 25, 2010

This Week's Podcast and Blogging Round-Up: June 20-26

Greetings all,

For those looking to keep up with me, and what I'm doing, here's the weekly round up:

Mondays are for Maximizing The Net (A weekly podcast that highlights a topic of interest to Maximizing The Net Newsletter subscribers):

This week's Maximizing The Net podcast talks about Maximizing Professional Development and introduces the new Professional Development page to the Maximizing The Net website.  If you're looking for a job, or a better job, you definitely want to check this out (and sign up for our newsletter while you're at it).

Tuesday are dedicated to Exclusive Multiplicity: Highlight the Adventures of a Serial Entrepreneur (A Tale of one Entrepreneur’s rise to success through bootstrapping while wearing flip-flops)

This week's Exclusive Multiplicity podcast talks about "The Adventures of Being "Uncoachable"" where I give my take on professional coaching, and provide an update to last week's $1000 check situation.


Wednesdays spotlight Small Business Branding Tips on the EasyBrandMarketing.com Blog (Brought to you by SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists)):

This week's podcast topic was "Blogs & Blogging | How to Build Web Traffic Through Information" and it gives a brief tutorial on how to set up a professional blog and how you can use it to build your brand.


Thursdays are for The MiniMarketing Survey Tip of the Week (A weekly podcast providing a tip on market research and online survey design, in addition to talking about how the “Mini Market Assessment” the Mini-Marketing Survey provides can be used to get you the information you need.):

This week's episode talks about "Setting Objectives" and why it's important, in addition to why one may want to use The MiniMarketing Survey.

Thanks for your interest, feel free to leave comments and forward this to your friends and other interested parties. 

Kindra
:)

P.S. Don’t forget to Follow me on Twitter (@KindraCotton), Link up with me on LinkedIn, Friend Me on Facebook, and check out my Nashville Home Technology Examiner page, if you haven’t already. And if you do, send me a message! And sign up for the Maximizing The Net Newsletter while you're visiting MaximizingTheNet.com.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Adventures of Being Uncoachable


Hello and thanks for checking out this week's podcast entitled “The Adventures of the Being “Uncoachable””.  It's about being uncoachable or what some might call “unmentorable” (and for the record, I just made both those terms up).  I figured this topic was timely because of a lot that I've been seeing lately, and I thought it was a great time to share my experiences with coaching/mentoring to date.  I also talk about the idea of "luck" and success, and as always detail the past week's struggle and triumph.

For those looking for an update to the $1000 check situation with Dan Miller (author of 48 Days to the Job You Love), I haven't received it yet.  Feel free to catch up with last week's blog and podcast, if you haven't the slightest idea of what I'm talking about. LOL.


I'm running 4 podcast series and/or blogs & newsletters (including this one), and they can be found:
  • Kindra Cotton's Blogger Blog http://kindracotton.blogspot.com (where I plan to centralize most of my online blogging activities there, so if you’re interested in general info on me, you can probably find it there).  I've also recently taken to adding "Random Nothingness" blogs about nothing in particular that some may find interesting.
  • Small Business Branding Tips from my company SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists) located at: www.easybrandmarketing.com
  • MaximizingTheNet.com Newsletter and podcast series that just officially launched yesterday. And you can check that out by visiting MaximizingTheNet.com and clicking on “Newsletter Blog” and from there you can find that podcast.
  • The MiniMarketing Survey Newsletter and podcast series that’s due to make its debut in a few days on Thursday.  You can definitely check out minimarketingsurvey.com to learn more about this, and once the MiniMarketing Survey Newsletter Blog launches, it too will have the podcast included within its posts.


Thanks for your interest and feel free to get in touch with me and give me your feedback, either at my email “podcasts @ kindracotton.com”, or by finding me on  Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, or visit my main website at kindracotton.com, and you can now call me on my Google Voice line at: (201) 870-0234.  If you leave a message on my Google Voicemail line, please be sure to mention which podcast you listened to.



Click media player below to listen to our podcast.




If the player above isn't displaying, or working properly, you can also download the podcast from iTunes for free (it may take a few days for it to appear at this link, but you can subscribe directly to the podcast feed via iTunes if you want to always get new podcast episodes when they're first uploaded)!


Come back next week, and have a Blessed Day!

By the way, Click here to read the Transcripts (and note, I'm working on a better way to publish transcripts for the hearing-impaired, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know; For now, you'll need to scroll down to Episode 4).

Kindra

Monday, June 21, 2010

Random Nothingness: A Note About Father's Day

I couldn't help but notice the differences between Mother's Day and Father's Day, so I thought I'd talk about it.

Like to hear it, here it go (LOL):



Kindra

My General Disclaimer:
This podcast will differ from any of my other ones because it's random, with no clear direction or intended audience, and it surely is not intended to be edifying or uplifting.  That doesn't mean it can't turn into either one of those things, but just know that that clearly isn't the intent or purpose.  Hence the name "Random Nothingness".

Friday, June 18, 2010

Random Nothingness - The Liars Rant

First, I want to start off with the following DISCLAIMER:

This podcast will differ from any of my other ones because it's random, with no clear direction or intended audience, and it surely is not intended to be edifying or uplifting.  That doesn't mean it can't turn into either one of those things, but just know that that clearly isn't the intent or purpose.  Hence the name "Random Nothingness".

With that said, this is a short 5-minute rant about liars that I just got "inspired" to do.

Feel free to let me know what you think.



Thanks

This Week's Podcast and Blogging Round-Up: June 13-19

Greetings all,

For those looking to keep up with me, and what I'm doing, here's the weekly round up:

Mondays are for Maximizing The Net (A weekly podcast that highlights a topic of interest to Maximizing The Net Newsletter subscribers):

This week's Maximizing The Net podcast talks about the importance of Internet Security and Online File Backup.  If you're reading this from a computer, you definitely want to check this out (and sign up for our newsletter while you're at it).


Tuesday are dedicated to Exclusive Multiplicity: Highlight the Adventures of a Serial Entrepreneur (A Tale of one Entrepreneur’s rise to success through bootstrapping while wearing flip-flops)

This week's Exclusive Multiplicity podcast talks about "The Adventures of the Emotional Rollercoaster" involved while completing my third week of podcasting while managing serial entrepreneurship.  It includes an interesting story about an alleged $1000 check, that you don't want to miss.


Wednesdays spotlight Small Business Branding Tips on the EasyBrandMarketing.com Blog (Brought to you by SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists)):

This week's podcast topic was "The First Steps of Building Your Brand", it includes tips on what you can do to build your brand, detailing some of the things discussed in last week's topic on "The Basics of Branding & Why Anyone Can Do It" and how you can put the steps into action.


Thursdays are for The MiniMarketing Survey Tip of the Week (A weekly podcast providing a tip on market research and online survey design, in addition to talking about how the “Mini Market Assessment” the Mini-Marketing Survey provides can be used to get you the information you need.):

This week's episode talks about the value of the "Miniature Market Assessment" and why one may want to use The MiniMarketing Survey.

Thanks for your interest, feel free to leave comments and forward this to your friends and other interested parties. 

Kindra
:)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Adventures of the Emotional Rollercoaster

Hello and thanks for checking out this week's podcast, entitled "The Adventures of the Emotional Roller Coaster". 
My third week of podcasting has been both exciting and nerve-wrecking, and I chose this title because it is the perfect way to describe my life right now.  In the podcast, I talk about the ups and downs of my week, including an interesting story (that's still developing) surrounding a possible $1000 check that I might receive from celebrated author Dan Miller (of 48 Days To The Work You Love fame).  As promised, here's the link I promised to the those interesting in listening to the Teleseminar.  Fast-forward to right before minute 55 starts, and you'll here what I talk about. http://attendthisevent.com/?eventid=13375182 .

Click the player below for this week's episode: 




Also, here are the links to the other podcast series I'm working on:
I'm running 4 podcast series and/or blogs & newsletters (including this one), and they can be found:

Thanks for your interest and feel free to get in touch with me and give me your feedback, either at my email “podcasts @ kindracotton.com”, or by finding me on  Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, or visit my main website at kindracotton.com, and you can now call me on my Google Voice line at: (201) 870-0234.  If you leave a message on my Google Voicemail line, please be sure to mention which podcast you listened to.

Come back next week, and have a Blessed Day!

By the way, Click here to read the Transcripts (and note, I'm working on a better way to publish transcripts for the hearing-impaired, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know).

Kindra

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I Am In iTunes!

Hello all,

I got an email from someone telling me that they couldn't find my podcasts, so I wanted to let you know that the podcast themselves are embedded within each blog's post.

If you don't want to read the blogs, and would prefer to get the podcasts directly, you can get them from iTunes here (Please subscribe to the series, if you have iTunes):

Kindra Cotton's Blogger Blog



Exclusive Multiplicity: Highlighting the Adventures of a Serial Entrepreneur



Maximizing The Net Blog & Podcast Series



SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing) Blog



The MiniMarketing Survey Tip of the Week Newsletter Blog & Podcast Series


I'm still learning how all this podcasting stuff works. 
I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon.

Kindra
:)

I Am Now Podcasting!


So, here's a brief rundown of my podcasting, blogging, and newsletter activities:

Kindra Cotton's Blogger Blog Kindra Cotton's Blogger Blog RSS Feed
(The Blogger spot to catch up with what Kindra's up to, and
how you can find her other podcasts, blogs, and websites
)


Exclusive Multiplicity: Highlighting the Adventures of a Serial Entrepreneur Exclusive Multiplicity RSS Feed
(A Tale of one Entrepreneur’s rise to success
through bootstrapping while wearing flip-flops
)


Small Business Branding Tips Blog Small Business Branding Tips Blog RSS Feed
(Brought to you by SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists))

The MaximizingTheNet.com Newsletter Blog & Podcast MaximizingTheNet.com Newsletter Blog RSS Feed
(A weekly podcast that highlights a topic of interest to
Maximizing The Net Newsletter subscribers
)

(A weekly podcast providing a tip on market research and online survey design, in addition to talking about how the “Mini Market Assessment” The Mini-Marketing Survey provides can be used to get you the information you need.)

 Effective Complaints Resource Blog Small Business Branding Tips Blog RSS Feed 
(A solution-oriented consumer advocacy resource for writing effective complaints)

Let me know what you think.
K.

KindraCotton.com

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my Nashville Home Technology Examiner page, and Follow me on Twitter (@KindraCotton), Link up with me on LinkedIn, and Friend Me on Facebook, if you haven’t already. And if you do, send me a message! And sign up for the Maximizing The Net Newsletter while you're visiting MaximizingTheNet.com.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Adventures of Borrowing Money

Hello and thanks for your interest in the second blog post and podcast for Exclusive Multiplicity: Highlighting the Adventures of a Serial EntrepreneurA Tale of one Entrepreneur’s rise to success through bootstrapping while wearing flip-flops.  I’m the Entrepreneur in question Kindra Cotton, and I appreciate your interest and invite you to leave comments, or get in touch with me via the avenues I'll detail towards the end of this post.

I started this blog and podcast series with the goal of scripting a narrative around the struggles and triumphs of a multifaceted entrepreneur trying to create “something” from nothing.  Or in other words, starting with tenacity, ambition, passion, and determination, but little-to-no money or cash to start with. 

This week’s topic is “The Adventures of Borrowing Money”, since my objective is to talk about the struggles and triumphs, I figured I’d start with the struggles, because I think it's important to highlight the good and the bad of being an entrepreneur so that those considering this path can be truly informed.

I talk a bit more about the specifics in the podcast (or you can read the Transcript of that podcast HERE, by scrolling down to "Episode 2"), but to make a long story short, I can tell you that I borrowed a small sum of money from someone and all sorts of hijinks and shenanigans ensued, and it ended in the temporary theft of my identity!

What I learned from this situation: I will do anything (legal and ethical) to make my business ventures a success!  Even if it means having to put up with varying levels of unpleasantness in the process.  And with this week’s struggle out of the way, I'll now we move on to the triumph! 

My triumph this week was getting 4 podcasts series off the ground, as well as working on the blog and newsletter components associated with each!  

I love the work I'm doing, and I'm really have a great time while doing it, so I invite you to check them out.  Currently, I'm running 4 podcast series and/or blogs & newsletters (including this one), and they can be found:

I’m also working on another personal side project related to consumer advocacy that is still fleshing itself out, meaning I don’t have a clear vision for what I’m going to do at this stage, but I know I’m going to do something, and soon. 

So with that in mind, I’d like to encourage anyone out there listening to my voice to feel free to get in touch with me and give me your feedback, either by leaving comments below, or email “podcasts @ kindracotton.com”, or by finding me on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.  If you visit my main website (kindracotton.com), you’ll find links to the multiple ways that you can get in touch with me, or you can contact me via Skype at my name Kindra.Cotton, and you can now call me on my Google Voice line at: (201) 870-0234.



Thanks again for reading this blog post and listening to my second podcast of this series.  I really do appreciate you, and thank you for bearing with me as I’m “learning the ropes” of blogging, podcasting, and digital audio broadcasting, and I hope that you'll stick with me, and that you're enjoying what I'm putting out there,

Have a Blessed Day!

Click the flash player below to hear the audio from this week's podcast:




Click here to read the Transcripts (and note, I'm working on a better way to publish transcripts for the hearing-impaired, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know).

How I found more hours in the day

Until fairly recently, I was one of those ├╝ber-busy folks trying to cram tons of activities into a 24 hour day and there never seemed to be enough time! Managing several businesses, completing a Certification course, and maintaining some semblance of a personal life, left me feeling as though I simply don't knock enough things off my "To Do List" on a daily basis.

About two weeks ago, I obtained a copy of Laura Vanderkam's "168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think", and though it sounds cliche: It Changed My Life! Well-written and very easy to relate to, I managed to breeze through chapters of the book because the content was so interesting. I found this book helpful from the very first chapter. Simply shifting the paradigm of time management from seven 24-hour days, to viewing the week as a 168 hour entity has helped tremendously in organizing my schedule and finding way more hours than I used to have when I tried packing everything into one day!

I quickly downloaded Laura's 168 Hours Time Log Excel spreadsheet, and attached my alleged "Type-A-ness" to it by color-coding it so that I could keep to a schedule that helps me not get so over-burdened with work-based activities that I forget "me time". You can download a copy of the re-created spreadsheet I made here: http://www.sss4success.com/showcase/168-Hours-Log-Color.xls

So I've said all this to say: "168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think" is definitely the book to get for time management. It just hit store shelves today, and you can grab a copy of it for a great price from Amazon.com.

Hope this helps.
Kindra

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my Nashville Home Technology Examiner page, and Follow me on Twitter (@KindraCotton), Link up with me on LinkedIn, and Friend Me on Facebook, if you haven’t already. And if you do, send me a message! And sign up for the Maximizing The Net Newsletter while you're visiting MaximizingTheNet.com.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Why I Have 1000 Blogs

Ok, it's not really 1000, it's more like 5 or 6, but I have been asked this question recently, and I felt it would be beneficial to answer it hear, just in case other people are curious about this too.

Moving forward, I'll be branding myself as Kindra Cotton: Serial Entrepreneur, Social Media & Technology Enthusiast, and Jill of All Trades (and Master of Two). That last part is a new edition, as I've decided to re-recycle an old catchphrase I used to use when people would say "What Do You Do?". As time progresses, it gets more and more difficult to answer that question, so I'm back to using "Jill" again. I think I do so for my own amusement more so than anything else, and it surely does crack me up! LOL.

But I digress...The interface that I use for this blog is different from say a Blogger Blog or Wordpress Blog (
both of which I have), and I wanted to test out all of the different blogging forms and see how effective and user-friendly they are, since it would stand to reason that at some point, someone will ask me to recommend one over the other, and the BEST way I can tell someone about something is having had personal experience using it.

So far, I enjoy this interface, but it wouldn't be user-friendly to a computing novice. I like it because it's fairly simple to use, but I can manipulate the code and do a bit more than what I could if I were using a free or paid account from some place like Wordpress or GoDaddy.

I've used Wordpress in the past, and it seems to be "
the standard" of blogging, and so many people love it, but something about it, simply doesn't appeal to me on a basic level. I mean, it's a good site and it's relatively easy to use, but I hate to see one particular program or company "dominate" an arena the way Wordpress does for blogging, because it doesn't necessarily mean they're the best at it, it just means they're everywhere and you have to deal with them as a result of it.

With Blogger,I was already leaning in this direction, since I have plenty of Google products right now, and the seamless integration of a blog into the Google account that I spend
THE MAJORITY of my day logged in, was just too good to pass up. I don't like how Blogger doesn't let you put links that can open in another window, and while they do have a work around that you can use by changing the HTML code, the sheer volume of links I could have in any given post makes this a cumbersome chore and it's something that I think Google specifically doesn't fix because it's tied to their profitability for advertising.

Ok, so I said all this to day, I'm playing around with blogging! This will ALWAYS be the central location for general blog information about me, since it's directly tied to my Web Portal, but I'll also work to centralize my online activities at:
Kindra Cotton's Blogger Blog and probably post duplicate content in both places, so you can either subscribe to the RSS feed of this blog, or subscribe to the RSS feed for the Blogger Blog (which I would prefer).

Hope this helps explain a few things,
K.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my Nashville Home Technology Examiner page, and Follow me on Twitter (@KindraCotton), Link up with me on LinkedIn, and Friend Me on Facebook, if you haven’t already. And if you do, send me a message! And sign up for the Maximizing The Net Newsletter while you're visiting MaximizingTheNet.com.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Generally Me | An Introduction to Exclusive Multiplicity (The Podcast Series)

Greetings all and Welcome to the very first blog post for Exclusive Multiplicity: Highlighting the Adventures of a Serial EntrepreneurA Tale of one Entrepreneur’s rise to success through bootstrapping while wearing flip-flops.

I’m the Entrepreneur in question Kindra Cotton, and this is the blog post that I will post every week to accompany my weekly podcast episode, which can be found by clicking on the word podcast within this blog, or via the player at the end of this post.

Since I design websites with the visually-impaired in mind, it just made logical sense to me that when I branched out into podcasting, that I'd continue my commitment to accessibility, so if you click on the "Transcripts" link near the top of this, you'll be able to find transcripted episodes associated with each podcast as well.  I'm still working on the best way to incorporate the transcripts into this blog, so please bear with me.

I appreciate you visiting my blog, and I hope you will sign in and leave some comments and feedback.  My goal is to write a blog on a weekly basis to accompany the Exclusive Multiplicity podcast, and I'm hoping that I’ll be able to share some insight about my experiences as an Up-and-Coming Serial Entrepreneur that can help other small business owners improve their business, or maybe even inspire someone to start a new one.

I decided to start this blog and podcast series because I wanted to script a better narrative around the struggles and triumphs of a multifaceted entrepreneur trying to create “something” from nothing. Or in other words, starting with tenacity, ambition, passion, and determination, but little-to-no money or cash to start with.

I got the idea for this "social media campaign" after interacting with fellow podcaster Cliff Ravenscraft of the Generally Speaking Production Network, also known as the “Podcast Answer Man”. One of his suggestions was to follow your passion and create work around it.

I’m very passionate about small businesses and entrepreneurs involved with small business ventures.  It’s always been something that’s close to my heart, because I love seeing the dedication that small business owners have to their companies, and how their investment in their companies show in how they service their customers.  I decided to channel this passion into this blog and podcast series, because I believe that by doing so I can better connect with like-minded individuals and hopefully not only help my own enterprises, but help others in the process.

I’ve titled this blog and podcast series “Exclusive Multiplicity: Highlighting the Adventures of a Serial Entrepreneur”, because I like the play on words of “Exclusive” and “Multiplicity” and how that relates to Serial Entrepreneurship. The title of the first podcast is “Generally Me”, because I spend most of my time giving my listening audience a "broad strokes" general picture of me and my personality, in hopes that it will shed some light on who I am, and why I’d be driven to produce such a blog/podcast series, as well as work towards achieving my entrepreneurial goals.

Feel free to listen to the podcast in its entirety to get the whole story, and in the meantime, I encourage you to leave comments, give me your feedback and constructive criticism, and feel free to link up with me via any of the social media tools listed under the Sociable Gadget to the right, or find me on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.  If you visit my main website KindraCotton.com, you’ll find links to the multiple ways that you can get in touch with me, or you can contact me via Skype at my name Kindra.Cotton.


Click the player below to listen to the "Generally Me" podcast:

There's also a transcript for the hearing impaired available here: Transcripts


Kindra

My First Blogger Post & Podcast

For those that don't know, I've been blogging for a while on my personal website: kindracotton.com/blog/blog.html

Because it's after 4 in the morning, and I do want to try to get a few minutes (maybe even hours) of sleep, I'll be as brief as possible here, because I'm trying to figure out what's going to be my finalized blogging/podcasting setup for the long-term.

Here's the short story:

I realized I needed to connect better with my varied audiences, and the "conventional ways" using social media as I have been aren't working as well as I hoped. So I'm "stepping my game up" and looking for more ways to engage people.

This podcast included here is my VERY FIRST ONE, and the series is called "Exclusive Multiplicity". Because I'm only just learning about the benefits of Blogger over other blogging programs, I've decided to act fast, get everything registered, and get into iTunes so that people will be able to find my podcasts next week when I start doing so in full force.

I'll keep you posted on how it goes, but for now: Hope you enjoy the first podcast!



Kindra

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Navigating a New Frontier

This week, in an effort to sharpen my own online image, I will be embarking on a venture into podcasting. Thanks to Cliff Ravenscraft's teleseminar with Dan Miller last week, as well as a weekend crash course in podcasting, I'm endeavoring to "jump in and get my feet wet" in the field of podcasting and I'm backing up this effort with my new email marketing campaign for my various enterprises.

I'm excited to be moving forward. As an "information-intensive person", I have a tendency to get so caught up in the details, minutiae, and planning of an activity, that it sometimes takes me more time to actually GET STARTED than usual. I'm working to get past this type of behavior, so this week I've simply decided to "JUST DO IT"!

By the end of the week, I plan to be a real "podcaster" with active podcasts floating around the net.

Wish me luck! :)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker

Being an "information intensive person", I first sought to learn more about the term "The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker", because while I understood it to be a synonym for a "Jack of All Trades", I wanted to learn the origins of it, before using it as the basis of a "life-altering blog post". LOL.

My research uncovered that the original term comes from the the nursery rhyme "Rub-a-dub-dub", and while the rhyme itself has come to have many different meanings, the term "The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker" is still widely used as a way to describe a multifaceted person, skilled in many different trades.

I really started thinking about this term, especially as I've had several people suggest to me that my desire to be a "Serial Entrepreneur" should be tempered by focusing on one specific area, and later branching out into others. The logic behind these suggestions surely make sense, but my brain just doesn't function that way. I can manage to do multiple things at the same time, and actually do multiple things WELL (not just applying a paltry amount of time to an area, just to say I've done it).

When this suggestion came up for the third time within a month span, it caused me to do some inward reflection. After all, if two or more people are agreeing about something, the very least I can do is give the idea some contemplation in my own life, just to make sure everyone else isn't seeing something I may have missed.

In thinking about how I consider myself "A Jill of All Trades (and Master of Two...LOL)", I noticed that one of the themes that emerged from the three people that mentioned my "need to focus" was this idea that I get a new idea, and somehow chuck the old one, and move on to the new one without ever completing anything. That couldn't be further from the truth. Whenever a new idea or new opportunity is introduced into my life, I accord it a certain priority relative to the other activities I'm balancing. Some things take priority over others, especially for ideas that are income-generating (since that's my top priority these days). Even the things I LOVE to do sometimes get put on the backburner, because other priorities need to be attended to. I found it interesting that none of the people that suggested I "needed focus" were able to see the need for certain priorities that I have. Now, for two of those people, they really don't know me well enough to have a good grasp on how I work, they're merely making suggestions based on the glimpse of what they've seen in me, and probably their interaction with tons of other people whose characteristics I match. The person that actually knows me well, sees what they want, and despite the evidence to the contrary that I don't just drop projects or not finish them, they still have the perception that I do, and at this point, I don't think there's much that can be done about it.

So after spending more time really thinking my life plan through, I took into consideration everything that the aforementioned people said to me, and I realized that I really need to do a better job of "scripting a more cohesive narrative" for what I'm doing and how I plan to accomplish my goals. At least to the point where people don't look at me and simply view me as "flighty" and a person that can't stick to one thing.

Furthering this thought process, helped me realize something: I am me. And as "me", I manage to be a daughter to my mother, a sister to my siblings, an aunt to my nieces and nephew, a confidant to my friends, a tech support specialist to anyone who has a computer problem & my cell phone number, a complaint letter writer to anyone with a gripe against a company, and a host of other things in any given day. In fact, people deal with me based on the image of me that they see and my relation to them in their lives (e.g. daughter, tech support specialist, etc.). As such, on any given day, I can manage to be 10 different things to 10 different people, but at the same time: I'm still ME. I'm this ONE person functioning as tons of other things to tons of other people, based on the relationship that we have.

I don't quite get why I can't apply that same logic to the professional realm of my life. I mean, I understand that sometimes people have a problem dealing with folks they can't easily put into a "box", but I can't see why I should be limited by other's opinions of me or what I should be, based on their preconceived notions. Perhaps this will be the "death of me". But I just can't live by other's people's expectations and curtail my own life and professional growth because some can't deal with a "Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker" in an age where we all spend way too much time and money at Walmart, and believe the need for these professions are obsolete anyway! LOL.

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