Today is my 9th entry for Debbie Reynolds Thanksgiving contest. I am thankful for the AR community. The gift of friendship is priceless. In the business world, the AR platform is our foundation - the place where we can go anytime, day or night. Many will log in and wonder, what should I write about today? Whatever topic we decide on comes from a place within. We may report on something that challenges us or perhaps we feel compelled to share our diverse viewpoints. As long as it's not controversial, somebody generally has some positive feedback or remarks and it helps us to know others share our beliefs or perhaps they know of a better way to do business.
For most, the AR platform is a safe place to go and it can be entertaining, inspiring, educational, persuasive, informative, interesting, and instrumental in discovering a better way to do business or learn about new technology. Most will agree, it's worth your time and effort! But the best reason why people like to use the AR platform is to provide support, enjoy camaraderie, get referrals, learn something new, or simply just to know, I'm not alone.
PLACE TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS
Some members may simply find comfort in writing personal stories. For me, I'm uncomfortable when it comes to controversial subjects or debates. However, if I can provide comfort to someone who needs to reveal something personal and if it's something I can relate to, I may feel compelled to offer some words of comfort to extend peace and goodwill. The nice part about the AR community is we all have choices and if you don't have something nice to say, you can remain silent. Being rude repels others. Arrogance is not a desirable trait that will win over friends.
There are choices that readily come to mind. The author of the blog post can communicate something of value. Stories that are relatable often get a response and its fun and educational to know how others handled similar challenges. Finding out how others resolved similar problems or making others aware that potential problems do have viable solutions are good ways to learn. When it comes to universal problems, such as mortgage and lending, FHA, VA, Foreclosures, Short Sales, a shift in the market, it's always helpful to get the experts advice or to know something is coming soon. It's only human to have an opinion, but they are always subject to interpretation and may not be the right answer. There's always more than one right answer. Being respectful is key to developing and maintaining friendship on ActiveRain. Loss of reputation doesn't gain popularity. Any type of wisdom that can help you in life or in business is a welcoming added value. It helps to say "thank you!"
The best way to showcase your competitive edge and increase popularity is to enter AR Contests! This entry is for the 10 Day Thanksgiving Challenge. When in doubt, I would suggest going directly to the source, the person who offered the contest and ask questions! AR Ambassadors are also very resourceful. An example of excellent competition is by paying attention to the Olympics. Most athletes work as a team and help one another. They know the value of what it means to be disciplined and supportive. They use their athletic abilities and talented gifts to encourage everyone to become better. By the same token, we can improve our own professional skills by being truthful, resourceful, and write stories that matter so that others gain a new perspective, insights, or knowledge.
X MARKS THE SPOT
Where do I get my inspiration? Everywhere I go. Every place I travel, Every client I have. My mind is always thinking about ways I can express myself here on ActiveRain. I use my own photography. I call this photo, "X Marks the Spot" because it meant something to me when I was recently in Switzerland. The "X" is the reflection from the sky. Even around the globe, I was already thinking about using this photograph and thinking about what I wanted to compose. While at home, ActiveRain is my "X" - it's where inspiration springs forth out of my soul. As members of ActiveRain, I hope you all know how much gratitude I have for you. Happy Thanksgiving, this 24th day of November, 2016.
©Patricia Feager, 11/24/2016