I've written 32,000 words for the restructured (2nd) draft of Path Of The Freelancer. I've also completed the concept for six of the ten planned infographics. With this amount of progress made on the project so far, I thought it'd be an appropriate time to launch the Facebook page. My intent is to share the journey of writing this book as a way to build the audience and community around it. This will hopefully create a great foundation to launch the book when the time comes.
If you know someone who is freelancing or is considering becoming one, please share the Facebook page with them.
I'm an active reader on the website Quora and sometimes I can't help but answer the questions posed by the community. The question posed below was asked about the power of an idea. I thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about IDEMA, so I did.
I'm a big Star Wars fan and very much enjoyed the new film. While browsing on Quora, I also came across this question and was compelled to quickly answer it.
Most of us want to make our work and home communities better. With so much going on, it can be hard to manage it all and still have a positive impact. So, to help I've put together four focused and meaningful ways I've used to make the places and lives of those around us better.
Let's get started with the first.
Jim Karwish, a friend, and I are exploring the idea of publicly reading a book together. Each week as we read a chapter, we'll share with each other on Facebook what personally resonated and discuss back in forth. This allows others to observe and participate.
In the movie Chicken Run, the chickens are not producing enough eggs so the owner, and also the villain, decides to buy a pie making machine. As you see in the first part of the graphic above and the video below, chickens go in and pies come out. The magazine in the film, inspires the villain in the movie to buy the pie maker. She believes this machine will turn her failing farm into a money making machine.
The Trap For Leaders
As a business owner striving for success, we can easily fall into the trap of seeing our team members as the chickens in this analogy. Team members go into our company, the pie machine, and out of it comes what we define as success or achievement. Money, power, fame, influence, are a few examples of how we measure our achievement.
In this mindset, the team is not a top priority and we can see them as a commodity making it really easy for us burn someone out knowing we can find someone else to take their place.
As I mentioned last year, I'm writing a book about flourishing in freelancing. As a result of writing this book, several freelancers requested getting together on a regular basis. This resulted in us establishing a monthly group where we meet to review the concepts in the book. After our last meeting, I met up with a client to talk about the work we were doing. Fresh off the freelancing meeting, we discussed the graphic I created to teach the day's concept.
As a result of this discussion, he invited me to meet with him, his partner on a new business venture, and a friend to share these concepts with them. I agreed and the next day I shared the concepts with them including his friend Craig Williams who co-hosts a business authority radio show on the Pro Business Channel with Neil Howe.
Craig invited me to be one his guests on the business authority show. In the interview I discuss the work I do, two projects I've worked on, IDEMA and the Formula For Intentionality. The segment where I'm interviewed begins at 9 minutes 30 seconds.
It has been awhile since I've done this type of media so it was great to shake the dust off and share my ideas.
After I chose to shut down Noodlehead Marketing, us team members concluded one of the most valuable ideas from our journey was the IDEMA framework. As a result of this conclusion we agreed to package and publish it so we could take and use it in our future ventures. It was our parting gift to each other, our clients, and our friends.
Unfortunately, the reality of my decision to shut down the company was destabilizing and I fell into a deep depression and severe anxiety. The years of emotions for everything I had gone through in the Noodlehead journey poured out of me like a flash flood, and there was nothing I could do to stop it. For three months, I faced numerous unexpected episodes of fear induced panic. It was the darkest season of my life
, and I struggled for three months just trying to sleep and eat.
By God's grace and the support of friends, family and our church, I was able to move out of this valley of darkness and end the company well. But, we did not package and publish IDEMA like we had intended. Now focused on providing for my family, IDEMA was pushed to the back burner.
The first year of freelancing in 2014
was an unexpected success as people I knew contracted my services to help them solve their organizational & marketing problems. IDEMA was something I used to help me organize these initiatives. In 2015
, IDEMA became more prominent in the work I did, and I realized IDEMA's incompleteness during this time.
We needed to finish what we had started by packaging and publishing IDEMA. This would create a foundation for anyone to use, share and teach IDEMA. With the help of two of our past team members and a few new friends, we've brought IDEMA framework to the world.
March 31st 2014 was the last day of Noodlehead.
Two years later, and we've now officially launched this important idea. It is our highly valuable gift to you.
Every year, our former church hosts its services at the park for Easter Sunday.
In 2015, I had the wonderful opportunity to serve as a parking attendant. Part of this included helping carry guest's food and stuff to their destinations and an offer to park their vehicle in the larger lot.
After the experience, I recognized an interesting pattern of how people responded to my offer for help.
Some of the people I offered to help actively resisted it. In many of these cases, they clearly needed the help, but they adamantly declined while they were dropping things and struggling with their children. Seeing the difficulty, I'd offer multiple times to help, but many were firmly committed to doing it themselves. I found this draining and demoralizing for me as the one offering the help. As a result, they left a negative and memorable impression on me. While I disliked helping these people, I knew they still needed to be served and loved.
The second pattern I noticed was the group of people who accepted my help but were fairly apathetic about me helping them. When I offered to help, they looked at me like a deer in the headlights. They said yes without much emotion or excitement, and I quickly forgot about them.
The third pattern I noticed were the people who accepted and embraced my offer to serve them. The more I helped them, the more excited they were to receive. They expressed their gratitude and were happy for the help. The more excited they got, the more I wanted to serve them. Their response and my immediate impact in making their lives better were energizing. These were positive & memorable moments, unlike my experience of those who resisted.
The next time someone offers to help you or give you a gift, which way will you respond? Will you resist, be apathetic or genuinely embrace it?
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