The Power of the Business Card
Speaking of business cards ( I realize we were not actually speaking on them but had to break you into the conversation currently underway in my head). Do we still love them or no? What is the consensus on this particular day; or more so what does the court of public opinion have to say?
And then there is the card I happened upon the other day. A lovely artist lady I met and as we talked, she handed this handcrafted and one of a kind card to me. Quite simple, beautiful, vibrant and a wonderful way to showcase her talents. She may not be building an atom bomb but she can paint and create art; and doesn't that say something.
As it turns out, she handmade all of her business cards.
It's a great idea really; showing off your talent AND ensuring the chances of your card being thrown out slim to none....at least for a long time. Why? No one, not even grumpy butts that seem to grumble about everything, find it easy to throw away art. Most will hang on to it.
Artists can really stand out with this method and hopefully bring in some long overdue cash money from their skill; that which evades many. I would highly recommend it as a way to stand out and dole out cards in a more imaginative and cheaper fashion.
I really was just going on about all of this because I designed my business card today. As I sat and played around with some ideas and set a timer as to not go off track, I started thinking of all the cards I have had over the years and all the ones I've seen. The permanent feel of a new title/card and then later on in life; how transitory it all really is.
I'm happy with how mine turned out and after putting it away for a while, made some changes and decided to stick with it. It's just a silly business card anyway isn't it?
Sometimes. But other times; it means that one big break; that one great connection; that one magical step where everything changes.
Business cards are all about the power of connection aren't they after all?
They also can travel around without our knowledge; unable to be tracked or reported on or connected. They are just so sneaky.
Social media has gotten us so trained to see such great heights as "1 MILLION" subscribers, or 20,000 LinkedIn connections; all powerfully successful things to be admired of course!
Still, it doesn't take away from the magic of having your business card fall into the right hands does it?
Here's to new business ventures for all who try. To those that strive for something better; and to build from scratch. To being scared and hopeful at the same time and moving forward with courage anyway. To listen to yourself, and avoid the naysayers. To learning, listening to the wise ones, and then doing what you were going to do anyway. This time, with more wisdom than you had before.
Also, in the event of a total bust; remember, it's not a failure. No, seriously. It's just a way to learn. Chances are the next one would be a smashing success. If you take what you learn and simply try again.
There is always another business card that can be printed. Another idea that will meet it's mark. This time right on target. Like a missile that has your name printed on it.
Of course it does. Because this time you built the damn missile yourself, got the stencils out, and painted your name on it with permanent marker. When it hits your bullseye smack dab in the middle; it was like failure was never even an option.
Lastly, there is always a better you to step back onto the red carpet, as you arrive into this game we call life again.
I guess the tightrope of it all is, you have to learn when to take the L and what attitude you're gonna have regarding it all. Both of which are completely within our control right? Absolutely.
The last part of this particular tightrope is to not let anyone tell you otherwise.
This is perhaps the most difficult of terrains you'll ever walk on.
This is the stage of the race where you're within inches of the finish line and someone sneaks right in to push you off the rope, or you let yourself be pushed, or you jump. Your vision turns blurry, your prize begins playing hide and go seek, your mind softens.
I would suggest some really good earplugs.
In the most dire of circumstances, I would suggest going it alone.
Achieve what it is you have deemed you are here to achieve.
Only you get to decide that.
The Uptown Secretary
"There is always a better you to step back onto the red carpet, as you arrive into this game we call life once again"
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