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The Gift of Compassion and Inspiration by Brian Solis

The Gift of Compassion and Inspiration by Brian Solis

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Sometimes we are quick to judge with or without due cause. Even if we believe our views to be right, many times our perception is merely right within our world and not necessarily the worlds of others. Perhaps we’re caught up in the real-time aspects of having access to information and the power to publish on-demand. Maybe we need to seek justification for our unwillingness to step outside of our comfort zones. Or perchance, we’re simply repressing animosity towards those who seem to envision and/or accomplish things we haven’t yet found the energy, passion or cause to pursue ourselves.
Sometimes we are quick to judge with or without due cause. Even if we believe our views to be right, many times our perception is merely right within our world and not necessarily the worlds of others. Perhaps we’re caught up in the real-time aspects of having access to information and the power to publish on-demand. Maybe we need to seek justification for our unwillingness to step outside of our comfort zones. Or perchance, we’re simply repressing animosity towards those who seem to envision and/or accomplish things we haven’t yet found the energy, passion or cause to pursue ourselves.

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The Gift of Compassion and Inspiration

By Brian Solis, blogger at PR 2.0 and principal of FutureWorks PR, Co-Author Putting the Public Back in Public Relations and Now Is Gone

Source: ILP Sometimes we are quick to judge with or without due cause. Even if we believe our views to be right, many times our perception is merely right within our world and not necessarily the worlds of others. Perhaps we’re caught up in the real-time aspects of having access to information and the power to publish on-demand. Maybe we need to seek justification for our unwillingness to step outside of our comfort zones. Or perchance, we’re simply repressing animosity towards those who seem to envision and/or accomplish things we haven’t yet found the energy, passion or cause to pursue ourselves. Never underestimate the power of a good idea. Never deflate the passion of someone else without first realizing its potential. Never cower in fear if what you believe is right. Always find a way to inspire others to do something amazing.

(cc) Brian Solis, www.briansolis.com - Twitter, @briansolis

Without our ability to learn from each experience, we are doomed to operate and develop within the confines we establish around ourselves. If we’re not contributing to the solution, they we are contributing to the hindrance of evolution or revolution. And yes, there are times when the wheel does need to be reinvented. Our future is defined by innovation and adaptation, rooted in our understanding of history so that in some cases we can relive it and in others we can write it. We either operate alone or collectively as one. One of many such experiences and stories captured my attention this week. Initially, I shared the popular view circulating the blogosphere. Due to the lack of free time, I was prevented from responding earlier. But because I was without access to publish my thoughts, I benefited, unintentionally, from this span of time to contemplate and also postulate. The story to which I’m referring is the perceived exploitation of Brianna Karp, a homeless blogger who was recruited to blog for Elle magazine. Her blog, The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness and her story was called a21st century fairytale by The Associated Press After receiving a touching letter from Karp signed, Homeless, But Not Hopeless, E. Jean Carroll, a popular advice columnist for Elle, reached out with a $150-a-month offer that will no doubt prove far more lucrative in the long-term. This Cinderella story was dissected and analyzed by experts and pundits across the blogosphere and the Twitterverse. Many balked at the audacity of a publishing powerhouse to exploit a helpless young woman for a meager, below minimum wage rate of $150 per month, all in the name of publicity and business. After further research, this endeavor actually appears to be an internship, one that I am sure will lead to many incredible new opportunities – for her, others with dreams and aspirations, as well as Elle the brand and the business. I do not have all of the facts. Nor do I portend to. However, I believe that the gift of compassion and inspiration can lead to wonderful stories and I believe this is one of them. The power of intent and second chances are far too uncommon these days, in my opinion.
(cc) Brian Solis, www.briansolis.com - Twitter, @briansolis

You can read her work on Elle here: A Thrift Store Shopper at Heart On the Hunt for a Job (and a Home)

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Brian Solis is globally recognized for his views and insights on the convergence of PR, Traditional Media and Social Media. He actively contributes his thoughts and experiences through speaking appearances, books, articles and essays as a way of helping the marketing industry understand and embrace the new dynamics fueling new communications, marketing, and content creation. Solis is Principal of FutureWorks, an award-winning PR agency in Silicon Valley. Solis blogs at PR2.0, bub.blicio.us, TechCrunch, and BrandWeek. Solis is co-founder of the Social Media Club and is a founding member of the Media 2.0 Workgroup. Solis has been actively writing about new PR since the mid 90s to discuss how the Web was redefining the communications industry – he coined PR 2.0 along the way. Solis is considered an expert in traditional PR, media relations, and Social Media. He has dedicated his free time to helping PR professionals adapt to the new fusion of PR, Web marketing, and community relations. PR 2.0 has earned a position of authority in the Technorati blog directory and currently resides in the top 1.5% of indexed blogs. BrianSolis.com is also ranked among the most influential blogs in the Ad Age Power 150 listing of leading marketing bloggers. Working with Geoff Livingston, Solis was co-author of “Now is Gone,” a new book that helps businesses learn how to engage in Social Media. He has also written several ebooks on the subjects of Social Media, New PR, and Blogger Relations. His next book, co-authored with Deirdre Breakenridge, “Putting the Public back in Public Relations,” is now available from FT press. Connect with Solis on: Twitter, FriendFeed, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Plaxo, Plurk, Identi.ca, BackType, Social Median, or Facebook --Subscribe to the PR 2.0 RSS Feed

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