As 2013 comes to a close and 2014 peers over the horizon, I started thinking about my goals for the coming year.
My thoughts swirled…
So, you wanna do some dumb resolution thing for 2014?
No. That’s a bit tired.
OK, maybe write out your dreams for the coming year then…or your goals.
Well, which is it…dreams or goals?
I dunno. Who are we talking to?
Oh, so glad it was me talking and not you talking.
What were we talking about before we interrupted us?
The conversation between myself and myself got more strange (if that’s possible) so I continued it on Facebook. I asked if dreams were different from goals and, if so, how? Here’s a few of the responses. Continue reading “Dreams vs Goals”
With the bevy of online gurus, experts, coaches and inspirational bloggers who offer advice on how to achieve our dreams, be successful and quit our day jobs, I think it’s time we set a standard on whether or not these experts deserve our attention.
Here are my guidelines.
You are not a guru/expert/coach if…
1. You don’t listen to your own advice.
No matter how wonderful your blog is, if you haven’t published a book you are not an expert on publishing. I’m amazed at the number of self-publishing geniuses these days.
On the other hand this guyis a publishing expert and a durn good editor. (Todd, is “durn’ ok to use? Also, should I capitalize ‘ok’ or spell it okay?)
2. You walk doesn’t match your talkity-talk-talk.
Shakespeare said it best: “Words! Words! Words!” The old adage in writing is show, don’t tell. The same applies for my benchmark for the guru/expert/coach: if they show me by their actions, I will listen–otherwise, it’s just words.
Bryan Allain is one
3. You live in a van…down by the river.
This one is debatable because who doesn’t like a van by a river? But even Chris Farley would agree that just because you have a blog on “business success tips” doesn’t mean you’re a success. Anyone can be an entrepreneur from behind a WordPress blog, but it takes real guts to actually start a business and make it turn a profit.
This guy is an inspiration when it comes to really walking the walk–and he’s doing research on minivans, so there’s that too.
Now the real question…am I an expert on who is an expert?