The Gift of Compassion and Inspiration


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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.

Never underestimate the power of a good idea.

Never diminish 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.

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 a 21st 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.

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 a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.

His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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