2 weeks ago on the Business is ART podcast at the TrueChat Network, my guest was James Rosseau Sr., President of Business Solutions at LegalShield and author of the book Success On Your Own Terms – 6 Promises to Fire Up Your Passion, Ignite Your Career, and Create an Amazing Life.
During the podcast, we discussed the “6 promises” that are core to James’ book and philosophy, as follows:
- Embrace your passions
- Perform to progress vs. perfection
- Promote with purpose
- Parlay your platform
- Put it in to action
- Proactive philanthropy
Listen to the podcast in its entirety (click here) to hear James discuss all 6 promises in more detail. Meanwhile, let’s discuss one of them in a little more detail…
Parlay your platform
“Parlay your platform” is a very appropriate promise to explore right now – at the beginning of a new year – when so many of us get caught up in resolutions, even if only temporarily (e.g. that 20 pounds I “plan” to lose).
In the online and social media world we talk a lot about platform and how to build it. We are essentially talking about your audience and your stage. But what James is talking about is different. He is talking about where you are in life/career right now. Who you are. The sum total of your being and everything that makes you YOU, whoever and whatever YOU are.
A key thing to remember is that even if you are not satisfied with your platform there are many people looking up to you and striving to get to the very point you have reached – and that you subsequently may be taking for granted – which leads to this point…
Don’t be so focused on where you want to be that you forget to enjoy where you are
So go ahead and make those resolutions. Perform to progress. But remember, you have already achieved a lot. Enjoy it.
What’s more, you have a lot to offer others that perform to progress to the same platform you currently enjoy. Lend them a hand as you seek whatever comes next for you.
Similarities to Business is ART
There are several parallels and similarities between James’ 6 promises and my own philosophy as discussed in Business is ART. Foundational to the Business is ART process and to developing strategic and business plans are:
These foundational components pair nicely with James’ promises 1, 3 and 4. Meanwhile, one of the 4 primary goal categories within Business is ART is Social Responsibility, which pairs nicely with James’ promise #6.
Finally, the Business is ART process is dependent upon articulating and tracking against actionable objectives, which pairs very nicely with James’ promises 2 and 5.
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