We now have a comments section at the end of each article. I added it because this site is building a community which is not only interested in reading my ideas but also in sharing their ideas.
I published the first article on April 1, 2015. Since then, I have published two articles per week. That’s 86 articles to date. To tell you the truth, I didn’t think I had that many stories to share.
I had a neighbor of mine, who is an executive with FedEx, ask me, “Are all the stories you write true?”
I said, “Of course they are true. I am not clever enough to make this stuff up.”
He said, “Keep writing, and I’ll keep passing them on. Your stories are having an impact.”
This short conversation was a great encouragement. In fact, since inception, I have received emails, texts and phone calls after each article. This one-on-one feeback needs to be shared with the community at large. Here are three types of comments I’ve observed.
These are people in the community who simply tell me the article hit home for them. In other words, it had an impact and they passed it on. This means the world to me. When I share stories about life and business, I am hoping they not only impacted my life but they can also help others improve their life in the retelling.
Early on I had a message from a reader in Germany, “Yeah, one’s relationship with an imaginary friend is important in business. Please. Spare me. If you’re making ‘business’ decisions based on that, you are setting yourself up for some serious problems.”
I loved it. He shared from the heart. He shared his belief system, and it was antithetical to mine. It gave me an opportunity to talk further with him. To share why I believe what I believe. If he hadn’t disagreed, we would never have had the dialogue.
Some people in our community read one of my stories and it fires a memory. I have had dozens of people share their stories with me as they related to what I wrote.
After reading these stories, I often think how great it would be for the rest of the community to read them. Your stories impact me. Now, with comments, you can impact the entire community. Even if it benefits just one person, it is worth the time to share it.
I encourage you to jump in and comment. Encouragement, disagreement and your stories all are good. Let’s grow this community together as we help each other succeed in business and in life.
Also published on Medium.