Want To Make Lots Of Money? Look To The Stars!
By Liz Folger
This past week I had the honor of speaking at the Women's Business
conference put on by the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay. So far
this has been the highlight of my year. I haven't attended a conference
in several months and I kept wondering to myself during the event..."Why
don't I do this more often?"
The keynote speaker at this event was Maya Angelou, the most thought-provoking,
emotionally stirring, motivating person I have ever heard... let's
just say this woman changed my life in the few minutes she spoke.
If you ever get the chance to hear her, and want to better your
life -- go hear her sing, talk and tell stories. You will become
a better person because of it.
Not only did I hear Dr. Angelou speak, but I was able to rub shoulders
with other experts in the field of business. The tables were set
up in such a way that all the speakers sat together. While there,
I made one tiny observation that I think could make you more money.
It's not a big deal and I almost didn't even bother to bring it
to the attention of my husband as we were making our 5 hour trek
back home with a 4 and 5 year old in the back seat asking every
few minutes..."Are We Home Yet?" However, I had a few seconds between
those overused words and this is what I said. When I actually told
him this simple observation, the more monumental it became to me.
As I listened to the keynote speakers, I looked around and noticed
that just about all of the speakers who were going to be presenting
at the breakout sessions -- the ones who are considered experts
in their fields, authors, and people you just look up to -- were
all doing one thing...taking notes. They all had their journals/tablets
out and they were taking notes of what was said. Then I looked at
the other tables, those who were attending to glean as much as they
could from the conference -- those who had actually paid over $100
to get in -- no notes were taken! I didn't see any pens or journals.
Experts/Authors/Public speakers are who they are because they work
hard in their particular field. They've picked an area they LOVE,
a career that is enjoyable to them. Can you say the same? Not only
have they decided to follow their passions, but they have realized
they can never stop learning. There are other people out there who
they can still learn from, tips they can use to make their life
that much more fuller and rich.
Since this simple observation a few days ago, I've learned that
other very successful business men and women keep journals. Journals
they use to write anything and everything in. Whether it be phone
numbers, a special quote, or a simple note that your client's anniversary
is May 13th....
Write it down...sure, you think you're going to remember it --
but you won't. (Trust me, you won't!) Do you really want to make
more money? Look to the Stars!
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