Your Blog Posts Need Some Jerry Maguire "Quan": Write From Your Heart

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I love the movie, Jerry Maguire. One of my favorite parts is Cuba Gooding Jr. (Wide Receiver, Rod Tidwell) coining the word "Quan." (See clip above--sorry about the rear end shot!).

According to Rod Tidwell, "Quan" means "love, respect, community, and the dollars too. The entire package. The Quan." Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire), responds simply, "Great word." Then Jerry and Rod get into a heated argument and Jerry tells Rod why he doesn't have a huge contract yet:

Jerry: Here's why you don't have your ten million dollars yet. You are a paycheck player. You play with your head. Not your heart. In your personal life? (points) Heart. But when you get on the field -- (finger rises to Tidwell's head), It's all about what you didn't get, who's to blame, who under-threw the pass, who's got the contract you don't, who's not giving you your love, and you know what, that is not what inspires people. That is not what inspires people! Just shut up and play the game. Play it from your heart. And you know what? I will show you the Quan. And that's the truth. That's the truth man! Can you handle it! Just a question between friends, you know!
Tidwell: I don't want to be friends no more.

Your blog posts can use some "Quan." What I mean by that is quit writing sales-y, generic stuff and write from the heart. From your experiences. With passion and feeling. With some emotion. That's what people want to read and connect to. Write about what and who inspire you both professionally and personally. When you write from the heart, readers connect with you on another level. Don't be a robot. Be a human being. We want to be inspired. We're waiting for greatness. Show us.

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Comments (9)

Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal

Sometimes though, you don't want me to write from the heart because you can't handle the words from the heart. Not you personally, but you in general.

Oct 08, 2010 05:59 AM
Richard Vetstein
Vetstein Law Group, P.C., TitleHub Closing Services LLC - Framingham, MA

Like you can't handle the truth!  Different Cruise movie! :)

Oct 08, 2010 06:00 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Many times writing from the heart will get you into trouble with other people or institutions. good message but not alaways a practical way to conduct yourself...

Oct 08, 2010 06:03 AM
Richard Vetstein
Vetstein Law Group, P.C., TitleHub Closing Services LLC - Framingham, MA

Bob, I'm not saying be an idiot. I'm just saying write with some feeling and make readers want to read your stuff. If you crunch the numbers, the best posts on AR have some "heart" behind it.

Oct 08, 2010 06:08 AM
Brian Rugg
Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-818-6700 - Georgetown, TX
Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est

Hello Richard:

I have been trying to think of a clever, yet tasteful way to politely tease you about an attorney advising to write from the heart. Blank.  Good advice for better blogging.

Oct 08, 2010 06:10 AM
Richard Vetstein
Vetstein Law Group, P.C., TitleHub Closing Services LLC - Framingham, MA

Good one Brian! Hey, attorneys have feeling too!!!

Oct 08, 2010 06:15 AM
Hercel Spears
Advanced Realty Education HomeSmart Realty - Tempe, AZ

...and they seem easier to read when from the heart. 


Good post.

Oct 08, 2010 06:20 AM
Bob Willis
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Orange, CA
Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent

In a previous career, I flew from Portland to Minneapolis every week for 5 weeks in a row.  This movie was playing on every single flight.  I'm so glad that I liked the movie, and never have gotten tired of it, even though I was forced to see it 10 times.

Oct 08, 2010 06:20 AM
Turkey Property

Valuable information and Great post. I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and time into the stuff you post

Dec 30, 2011 08:58 AM