Thought Starters

Who are you? Can these 9 questions define your narrative?

Tell me who you are instead of trying to get me to do something.

Now there’s a statement.

I heard that on this video in response to how companies in 2010’s world are marketing to people especially on the web and through social channels.

Here are a couple of more gems.

“Have we lost our ability to judge who to listen to and who to trust?”

“One of the bi-products of the web today is that everyone’s an expert therefore no one is an expert.”

Hot damn!

 

Now I am really jazzed.

The video goes on the talk about story and driving a content experience instead of simply pushing a product or idea. Pretty normalized thinking these days in the marketing world I suppose. What was interesting about it was the notion of sharing who you are, your passion, and your joie de vivre, per se, being the meat and potatoes of an approach like this.

Sharing who you are, huh? Uh, oh.

Serendipity is not a word I would use regularly but in this case I think it applies.

I found this video through a link in a new Google+ community much by chance. I was surfing and wasn’t thinking about how to augment my post today, I was just taking a peek at what was up.

You see, I had a list of questions that were written a long while ago while listening to a podcast between two marketing folks. To be honest, I didn’t record who the conversation was between and I discovered the notes just recently while cleaning up some files in my blog ideas folder. I suppose I was saving these questions for a time where I was a little more experienced in the social media world.

That was over a year ago.

Not a long time by a career’s standards but long enough to put some water under the bridge. What I realised is that the answers to these questions don’t need to necessarily pertain to media of any kind nor should they.

So, there I sat with these questions wondering what to do with them.

I was thinking about how we have written about story here a lot lately and how we find its importance significant in communicating ideas in a real and tangible way and I needed a way to tie these questions and those thoughts together. Then this video now over 2 years old popped up into my field of view.

It gave me the anchor I needed.

So, here goes.

These questions were meant for people to tell their story and communicate why their contribution or their voice to the world matters to them.

In a way, the why to what we do or in another way, our *cough* brand *cough* narrative.

Instead of simply giving you the questions I decided to answer them as I go. Maybe it will encourage you to do that for yourself. There are some tough ones. At least for me there are but that’s what makes them worthwhile.

What is your story?

This could pertain to you personally or the arc you took with a career or a company you started whatever that might be.

Where did you come from?

I am of German heritage and I am first generation North American. I grew up in a blue collar town, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada famous for its vast General Motors plant. I was a stranger in a strange land; that introspective German boy with a strong affinity to the arts living among the sports jock WASP middle class working stiffs. Awkwardsville.

What is your background?

I have a background in Interior Design, my craft, but I found that my technically minded approach to my work suited me best to manage design. I have always been in love with all forms of design and look for the purpose in all things. The superfluous is bothersome to me. It must have been the influence the Bauhaus had on me early in my career.

What makes you tick or what gets you up in the morning?

One word: Love.

The love I have for design, the love I have for life, the love I have for my wife, family and friends. There are many emotions to describe this feeling but the one that best sums it up is love. We have all felt it in one form or another and it drives what I do.

What methods do you use to communicate your ideas?

I want to say my hands. I am a visual person so when I hear something I need to write it down. If I do, I can see it and then I can remember it. As an Interior Designer I have always had an affinity to the visual arts, photography, graphic design and drawing hold a special place in my heart. Having said that, I do love to write. Coupling writing with the visual arts is the way I have learned to effectively communicate my ideas.

If you think about what you offer to your field of work what does that look like?

Tough one. My job as the leader of my team is all about customer service. I look for opportunities to help people to be successful from my team to my colleagues to my clients. It’s the situations where the going gets tough where I find myself most often. It’s in those moments where my role as a leadership professional is tested.

On a personal level how do you serve the people in your life?

I always tend to put others first. I am not sure if that’s a good thing or not but that’s it. The question is an interesting one because I had to think about whether I feel I serve others or if as I work as a member of a team I serve that team as a whole. Same thing, I suppose. I could do much better with the people in my personal life.

What is their impression of you and is that consistent with who you are?

How hard is it to know what people think of you without skewing that with your own filter? Sometimes I am prone to hear what I want to hear. I think that most people find me argumentative, honest and analytical. I rarely take anything at face value. My self-deprecating humour is disarming at times and I have been told by many people that I am a sensitive guy. That is certainly consistent with who I am, for sure.

Are you satisfied with your place in your world?

Not at all! I believe I am learning every day and that’s what makes this career and life so interesting. I don’t think I will ever know everything I need to know about design and that’s why this profession is so vast and interesting to me. Growth is the key to success for me.

What puts you in a position to achieve or allows you to be in a position to master your craft?

My attitude, curiosity and singular passion for what I do. I mentioned that I don’t take anything at face value and that attitude is one that I think keeps things fresh for me. I enjoy searching for the answers, a better way to do things and am always in pursuit of improving what I can do for my profession. Mastery to me the understanding that I will never know everything about my profession and that there is always something new to learn.

So, there you have it.

Do these questions give you a better sense of who I am? Sure, they do. Now, I wonder if a company or a brand were to answer these questions what the results might yield. I wonder how these questions may change their story.

Over to you:

How do these questions make you feel? Are they challenging? Can these questions bring you closer to your purpose? What are your answers? Feel free to leave them here or take them away and answer them in your own time.

 

 

 

 

 

About this Author: Ralph Dopping (199 Posts)

A quirky sense-o-humour coupled with an indelible sense of stylish sarcasm makes it difficult to take the world too seriously doesn't it? My faves: fun, passion and hard work. I work here everyday: www.designdialog.ca


34 comments
Dan Black
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Wonderful questions Ralph. I think to living a significant life requires finding and focusing on personal talents and passions. If we can identify those areas it will guide us toward our purpose and future success.

 

I just found and really enjoy your blog. I'm looking forward to connecting more with you.

rdopping
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Well thank you very much  @Dan Black We do appreciate the compliment. Recognizing your personal talents certainly enriches your life for sure. I wholeheartedly agree. There were some fantastic participants here and I personally enjoyed answering these questions myself. It's a challenge to put yourself on the spot like that and be honest about who you are and what you do.

 

One of the reasons I do this is to connect to interesting folks and build new relationships. I have a strong affinity to design and enjoy conversation of al kinds especially that which will help both participants grow in some way to become better at what they do. And I do love to poke fun so let's see where it goes!

 

Cheers Dan. And Happy New Year!

SusanNeal
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Hi Ralph,

 

I think the hardest of these is "what is their impression of you and is that consistent with who you are?"

 

We rarely get a true idea of what other people think of us, partly because it's just not in our gift to see through other people's eyes, but also because people don't often feel able to tell us, honestly, how they see us - we're too keen to give each other positive strokes to be open about the bits we're not so keen on. We're too eager to be 'nice' to each other and careful not to cause offence. Besides which, different people will view us in different ways - depending on their relationship with us and their own world view.

 

And we're just so damned complicated - how on earth do you sum a person up in a few words? 

 

As for who I really am - I think I'll still be figuring that out on my death bed - it's an engaging puzzle, though, more fun than sukoku,

 

No easy answers to your very challenging and thought-provoking questions, I fear - but thanks for posing them

 

Sue

rdopping
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 @SusanNeal Susan, you bring up some very good points and I agree with you wholeheartedly. I am also of a school of thought that if you, as an individual, can answer to yourself and be honest with yourself about who you are, the direction you choose and the "why" you do what you do becomes a little bit more transparent. Your narrative, your way, your approach to life is revealed by your nature.

 

There are a lot of folks out there that are kidding themselves about who they are. It's a tough thing to ask someone to be honest about what they really think of you but it is also very liberating.

 

Cheers and thanks so much for stopping in. I do appreciate your input and honesty.

SusanNeal
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Sorry - sudoku (and here I am, in the middle of drafting a post all about editing!)

 

Sue

Hajra
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A little challenging but I think I am up for it. I come from India, have lived in the Middle East since I was 3. Moved back to India for hire education. Came back to the country to work and study more. I have always been in love with how he human mind works and psychology is my game! The hope that a new sunrise will bring newer meaning to life is what wakes me up every morning. I am a true optimist most of the times! I think I use my words to communicate ideas. I need to write every single detail down at times. I think mental health care is one of the ways to a better living and to better humans all in all. I feel a lot can be contributed to my field. As I look at it, if I make a single person smile and somehow help them redirect their life to a better course, I feel I have done my service. Many I feel. People around me tell me that I might be hard on the outside but I am a softie at heart. Which I truly feel I am! ;) I don't think I am. Maybe content at times, but not truly satisfied. I feel I have so much more to do. My passion for learning. I feel I need to learn everything. Really! Answering questions like this does give me a better sense of insight into myself. Self knowledge is a good thing!

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rdopping
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 @Hajra  Self knowledge is a good thing. Yes, it is. So is honesty. Being honest with yourself is a big deal to me too. It shows maturity and strength and it takes courage to share that with other people.

 

I read your response without any issue. The breaks or changes in though seemed obvious to me. Probably because I wrote the questions. Darn IPads.

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes
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Great questions and I am not sure that I am prepared to answer them all now so I will pick one:

 

Are you satisfied with your place in your world?

 

Nope, not even close. I was born with a double dose of wanderlust and a hankering to do many things. Spent a big chunk of time heading in one direction with a plan to play for the Dodgers and then decided that it might have to be adjusted to working as a sportswriter.

 

Time and experiences pulled me in a different direction and I forgot about my dream to become a writer and got involved in other things. Spent a chunk of time learning about sales and marketing where I found out I was good at it, but never quite got settled. I think it is because I knew that time was just part of the journey to learn other skills that would aid me as a writer.

 

Because a writer is what I am, who I am and who I shall be. The thing is that I haven't reached a place yet where I can write as I wish and feed my family.

 

So my place in the world now isn't what I want and I am not satisfied with my progress but I am confident that I am moving in the right direction. The trick is trying to be patient because life doesn't come with a roadmap or time table that mirrors our personal desires.

rdopping
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 @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Brilliant Josh! There are some great thoughts there. The notion that we are all on a path that can change as we progress is an important one. People who realize that flexibility is a key to growth and learning are the ones who are not only happy throughout their journey but are the ones who actually get where they are going.

 

Very cool to know that you are pursuing your passion in writing. I am pulling for you and wish you the best of luck to get there. Cheers and thanks for playing the game. 

AlaskaChickBlog
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This is a terrific post, Ralph. I am thankful for Jayme bringing you into my world.

 

This list is a funny thing to me. I mean, it is great, but this list is how I was taught to blog, and in learning how to blog, it became how I live. Me to you.

Do you really want more? Here? :) Believe me, I can write it (again!)!

rdopping
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 @AlaskaChickBlog I wouldn't ask if i didn't wan to know. Thanks for sharing. Yes, Jayme @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing is a great connector of like-minds. That's probably why we like her so much. Cheers!

AlaskaChickBlog
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 @rdopping  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing 

What is your story?

 

My story? My story is Alaska Chick’s story. I am here, with you and so many others, to share our lives here in the Alaska bush, as horse outfitters in the largest national park, the Wrangell St. Elias National Park & Preserve, our business guiding guests and clients into the wilderness towards whichever dream brought them to us. To reach out to the people of the world that are no longer familiar with the wilderness, or even have a wilderness available to explore, fish, hunt or pan for gold. To climb mountains, explore glaciers, photograph wildlife and to cross rivers, safely, with us, State of Alaska licensed, Professional Guides.

 

Where did you come from?

 

My story starts growing up as a dairy farm girl. It has to start there, because it is there I learned that the best of luck comes from love and hard work. My only dream as a child was to follow my heros in military service. Serving in Desert Storm bought me home, without a clue, simply doing what I knew how to do, the best way to do it. A chance, a strike of destiny, fate or God, Himself, put Pioneer Outfitters and Alaska in my Path.

 

What is your background?

 

My background is one of hard work. Physical work with deeply ingrained fighting and competitive instincts. To be the absolute best in any thing or direction I turn. Effort is nothing if it isn’t consistent. I listen to the people (three different individuals / companies) in charge-control over Pioneer Outfitters online for over ten years tell me, and tell the Boss, that what I suggested, asked for, advised and wanted for the website and our “presence” online was more than unreasonable, that it was impossible. I downloaded a pdf from HubSpot to learn how to build my own website or something like that, and the rest is living history.

 

Every day I look at what the “Experts” and “Professionals” told me couldn’t be done for a business. Everyday, I strive to learn more, do more, help more, to maintain and continue to improve myself and through myself, be able to find the key to the correct door, to bring more of you, to us.

 

What makes you tick or what gets you up in the morning?

 

I don’t want to use “Love,” though it is so true, so let’s say mine is “Hope.” Things began to get really rough around the same time I suffered my 4th stroke in January of 2010. Things looked even harder after the doctors told me to “get my affairs in order.” Blessings.

 

It was a hard year. Business was suffering because of the terrible economic strain so many were feeling. The thought kept hitting me, “no one knows we exist.” I celebrated Christmas with my children, as I hadn’t even hoped to, and continued to get stronger (although I will never recover my strength fully, I know now).

 

After finding HubSpot, attending classes 3-4 and sometimes 5 days a week via go-to-meeting, learning as I had never imagined I could learn, before, I found something else. A huge, supportive, magical world full of all kinds of people with all kinds of talents, gifts, knowledge, experience and memories to share.

 

What keeps me tickin’ is Hope. Hope that I may give back something special, to someone who made need it or me at some point in the world’s time. Hope that I may give something special to the company that became my own through love and loyalty and time.

 

What methods do you use to communicate your ideas?

 

When I was taught to build our website, I was told that I also had to “have” a blog. Whoa. Really? Who? Me? Huh. Well. Ok! Here we go... Alaska Chick’s Blog. I wrote all the information that I used to mail to people, I re-wrote all the information that I put into the website. I write Alaska Chick’s Blog. What could possibly be easier than sharing our lives, with the written word, instead of trying to find new addresses of people who do not know me and I do not know. As I was taught that I needed Alaska Chick’s Blog, I was taught that I also needed Face Book, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Google Maps, Pintrest and the rest... So that is what I attempt to use.

 

Use? I use it, by being there. Consistently, ready to learn, ready to listen, ready to share. Being there, so people can find us, when they look into their own dreams. My photography is what catches people’s attention, and they communicate so much of who and what we are. If you think about what you offer to your field of work what does that look like? Certitude. I will not quit. I will not give up or give in. I have a vision and I will keep aiming for it. THAT is what I bring. I wouldn’t say I am gifted or brilliant, but I have a brain (as one of my heros says!) and I can learn... being online has brought me within reach of people who are willing to teach, a willing student. Ethics, clear lines, and loyalty is what I bring to our company and my industry.

 

On a personal level how do you serve the people in your life?

 

I am Alaska Chick. I am here to facilitate, be it a personal dream or a company direction. Every hour I spend, becoming a better person myself, helps me become a better mother, better professional, better guide. Everything I am doing, have been doing for the last two years has changed my life, indeed, but it has been with a pure heart for them, the people that I call my family.

 

What is their impression of you and is that consistent with who you are?

 

Pretty close. They think I’m crazy and obsessed. I don’t truly believe that they truly believe I am not playing the latest hot game on Face Book.... they know I have a bone and I wont let it go. Are you satisfied with your place in your world? More now, than I have ever been. I’m not finished, but I feel better in my own skin, my own accomplishments, mountains scaled and ready for the next.

 

I have a goal to reach... I am not sure if it is real or a star shining off in the distance that I will never truly reach... But it has given me a dream as well.

 

What puts you in a position to achieve or allows you to be in a position to master your craft?

 

My unwillingness and inability to “Quit.” Giving up is simply another word for “Quit” to me. I have what it takes to learn, the trust put into me to keep reaching for that goal is the fuel I run on. There is nothing in my yesterdays that means more than what I am doing now. They were the stairs I climbed, if I have to chisel the next step myself, I can and will.

 

So, there you have it.

And here is a little more... 23 Questions you want Answered about Pioneer Outfitters http://pioneeroutfitters.com/questions-want-answered-about-pioneer-outfitters/

2012 Recap, Questions Answered & Bonus

http://pioneeroutfitters.com/2012-recap-questions-answered-bonus/

AlaskaChickBlog
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 @rdopping  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing Jayme is a constant Blessing in my life. Her writing has taught me SO much, but more, I am constantly thankful for such amazing women to be part of my life and to guide me, by example, to being a lady, classy, smart and strong, first and always.

 

And as for you, Ralph! I'll be waiting! LOL

rdopping
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 @AlaskaChickBlog  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing Wow! What an awesome story. It's great how these questions allow you to tell your story that way. Honestly, I am blown away. Time to head on over there and see what's what.

 

And Jayme, thanks so much for the connection. Every day, every event like this I am more honored that I have connected with you.

 

Cheers!

wwtks
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Now this is a real resume - not a cold list of academic achievements but an insight into who you are - if only we would hire and train based on this - imagine the companies you could build and the teams you could create!

 

Here is my 10 cents - I loved this by the way nothing like some self reflection to close off the week - good stuff!

 

What is your story?

 

Where did you come from?

 

I was born in 1964 and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland until moving to Canada in 1991. Raised by middle class, Christian parents with a simple but loving upbringing where we did not have a lot of extras, I enjoyed my childhood and my extended family.

Always more influenced by music and art than sports etc my teenage years were heavily influenced by popular culture – the punk movement starting around 1976/77 taught me my anti-establishment and non-conformity habits (that remain to this day – “Never Mind the Bollocks – here’s The Sex Pistols” is still my favourite album of all time). The eighties were a permanent party.

Canada has been very good to me and has provided wonderful opportunities for which I am eternally grateful. My fascination for, and affinity with, North Americans came from the number of them I met as a child at the home of my Grandparents who had many friends from the US and Canada who visited them regularly. I found them to be refreshingly informal, fun and lively. They cared about children and actually communicated with them and seemed particularly confident and happy. They seemed to be going somewhere.

It was perhaps inevitable that I would end up over here and I now consider myself very much a North American

 

What is your background?

 

Always inspired by the built environment, as a result of being fourth generation construction industry, I chose Quantity Surveying as a career because I was told I would have a tough time as an Architect. Started in a professional office as an intern/apprentice in 1981 and obtained my B.Sc. in 1987. I do not practice it now in my role but it was key to my ability to move to Canada and has been a foundation for everything that has happened since.

 

What makes you tick or what gets you up in the morning?

 

Making a difference and being a part of something.

Not one who ever wants to just get by I am drawn to any situation where I can work with others and make a real difference as either an individual or a team player. If others will not join me in something I am particularly passionate about and lies in my belief system, I will often forge ahead on my own anyway as I rarely have a back up plan.

A continuous learner and my own worst critic I am never satisfied and always want to do better.

If it is worth doing it is worth doing to the utmost of your ability (or beyond) and if it does not make a difference why bother? Also if you cannot have fun doing it then you need to re-evaluate your position – I have always believed in paraphrasing Confucius - “If you can find someone to pay you to do what you love to do then you will never work a day in your life.”

What methods do you use to communicate your ideas?

Words – spoken, written or sung (frustrated musician too). Many who know me will laugh and say – “Oh Yes “words” and WAY too many of them!” I love words and phrases that can illuminate a subject, make a dull subject exciting, project passion, honesty and illicit a response. I love being able to get what I wanted to say or explain communicated.

I like visuals too but without words or sound I think you are expecting a lot.

If you think about what you offer to your field of work what does that look like?

Doing a great job always. I have also learned from many mentors and I think I offer change and a desire to always poke the corners of the box (Seth Godin) or get right out of the box altogether on a regular and continuous basis. I also think I bring honesty, candour and a distinct lack of “political” behaviour.

 

On a personal level how do you serve the people in your life?

 

I love to help people with things or situations that my knowledge, background, experience or passion qualifies me to assist with. I love to serve people, make them laugh, cook them great food or provide an envirnonment or event wgere they can be themselves and feel appreciated. I like to share – I like to see others solve problems, experience success, grow and expand their boundaries. I hate unjust treatment or constraints being forced on others. Sometimes I will try to help them rebel.

 

What is their impression of you and is that consistent with who you are?

 

One can never be sure. To be really honest I probably complicate this further in that one of my weaknesses is that I often project a less caring personality than I really have and, at times, a more confident exterior than I feel. I think it is partly the stiff upper lip of my earlier upbringing in Scottish and British society and also a defence against being taken advantage of or used and manipulated. As a result people perhaps take time to get to know me and I possibly have to earn their understanding of who I am through my actions over time.

Ultimately I hope they find me honest, consistent, interesting and dependable – whether they like me or not. I think respect is way better than like.

 

Are you satisfied with your place in your world?

 

As a continuous learner and one who always looks to maximize I will never be fully satisfied. That does not mean I am unhappy as I am always in my element when I am growing and learning around people who feed me.

I am satisfied that I am in the place where this can happen with the love and support of my wife and best friend (my better three quarters) who has been the key to great happiness and has always given me the liberty I needed.

 

What puts you in a position to achieve or allows you to be in a position to master your craft?

 

The fact that I started my professional life as an intern/apprentice in a professional firm and learned much of my craft through the mentoring of others has taught me the habit ever since of letting life, situations and others teach you. Always looking for people who are ahead of me as a way to pull me up to the next level.

I am definitely best when given autonomy and opportunity concurrently – not good with rules, standard operating procedures, oversight or bureaucrats but when I want help, insight, a second opinion or otherwise you had better be available.

 

So, there you have it.

 

I think this is a great way to help us break down the layers of complexity that make up our default “selves”. If you are transparent, humble enough and comfortable with whom you have become so far then this is a great exercise.

 

If you are still trying to be someone you are not then this will be painful.

 

rdopping
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 @wwtks Bill. I couldn't have asked for more. It is great to get to know these things about you. I do hope we can share a glass sometime in the future. I look forward to that. Cheers! And happy holidays.

ExtremelyAvg
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I liked the questions, but I especially liked getting to read your answers. I was interviewed a couple years back, via email, and some of the questions were similar to the ones you shared. I remember having a lot of fun answering them and it makes me think I should give it another go and see how they've changed. (I don't remember how I answered originally).

Latest blog post: Touched: Ch 12

AnneReuss
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Prost! (german heritage too) 

I appreciate you sharing your answers. Fancy learning a bit more about you! I'm bookmarking this for when I need to reflect ;-) 

rdopping
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 @AnneReuss Cheers to you. Great! I hope you enjoy answering these for yourself. Nothing likebeing honest, huh?

BetsyKCross
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THIS is what I look for when I read. I really like figuring out what makes people tick, what drives them, who they are consistently. It brings what they do into focus for me. That's a lot of what I get out of family history research. I look for sources or triggers of behaviors that are on documents. It's fascinating.

Do you know Bernardo Mendez (@yourgreatlifetv)? His interviews with people do this same thing for me. I listen to who they are and why they've done things a certain way in their lives.

I like this idea!

rdopping
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 That's awesome @BetsyKCross and yes I have seen some of Bernardo's videos. He's a deep, deep dude. Have you answered these questions for yourself?

Soulati | Hybrid PR
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This would serve well as a series, Ralph, which you just kicked off here...interview peeps in your world so we can get a glimpse of something more personal. Love it.

 

And, incidentally, I came here first via Google+ Bloggers Unite! Community; not Triberr, not Twiter, not FB or LinkedIn. So, friends of Ralph's community? Please join me there! Easy to find.

rdopping
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 @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing Hey Jayme! I'm there. In your community and I love it. I wonder if Triberr will change because of it? I like the format and fluidity of G+ or maybe it's just shiny and new. Don't know.

 

A series, hmmmmm......I wonder how many more people i can entice into answering these questions......It would be kinda like Spin Such Follow Friday, sort of. I will have to think on that a bit. Cheers, and thanks for coming by. Happy Holidays, miss!

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 @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing I think Soulati's path here was interesting. I usually find out about your posts via Triberr, but in this instance I noticed the link on a comment you left over at Jason's piece on "The Value of Perspective".

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Caitlin Kelly
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Wow. These are fascinating and challenging. May I borrow this for my own blog?

 

I think they sort of dig beneath the surface "I'm a...." and get to the why or how of it. I really appreciated your sharing who you were as a teenager. I was the smart, ferocious, balls-to-the-wall girl even in (my boring Toronto middle class) high school -- started a newspaper, sold one of my photos to the school library, sold cover images to Toronto Calendar -- and scared some people to death. Apparently, I still do. That disconnect always surprises me.

 

I also like the question about serving others. That's a major part of who I am that I tend to be modest about, but it very much defines me. If do not feel I am being of service, I feel lazy. Thanks for these!

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Hey  @Caitlin Kelly by all means! Borrow away! It would be good to see who in your community comes to the table. You seem fierce to me but in a cool and interesting way (and we haven't even met). Cheers and thanks for stopping by.  Happy Holidays!

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