Failure, It is Anyone's Fault but Mine

Suzanne Bowen : Monetizing IP Communications
Suzanne Bowen
32 yrs in telecom, teaching, blog & grant writing, biz development, marketing, & PR. Favorite moments in life involve time w/ family & friends, networking, IP communications industry verticals & horizontals, running, traveling, foreign languages
| 1. "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition..." Barack Obama ..... 2. "One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain." By Thomas Sowell

Failure, It is Anyone's Fault but Mine

GK Chesterton, the poem's author.

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When The Times invited several eminent authors to write essays on the theme "What's Wrong with the World?" Chesterton's contribution took the form of a letter: "Dear Sirs, I am. Sincerely yours, G. K. Chesterton."


It's been a while since I posted anything on this, one of my blog areas, that of http://blog.tmcnet.com. I'm writing today because I want to share something that is haunting me in my adult years ... when two or more people sometimes discover they have the same goal and despite any issues among them, they go after that goal together: marriage, having and raising children, starting a business, or event later ... partnerships in any way with additional people, groups or businesses.

Occasionally or perhaps very often the two or more who began any of the above collaborations, do argue, and usually the fault is the other person's or at least definitely not the fault of the accuser.

We get angry because we think the other people are not doing anything or not doing enough. Usually all parties are working hard and smart toward the goals and are also equally guilty at times of slacking.

Instead, the real problems are a lack of respectful, calm, short, frequent communications, public and private appreciation where needed, AND an excessive propensity to push upon others that we are the boss, they are the peons, and they better shape up or ship out.

I've seen businesses become bankrupt or stagnate when these two issues happen that are really all about ME, ME, ME. When, yes, it should be ME that I am working to improve. When each of us works to improve "self," we have a better chance to meet and surpass our personal and collaborative goals. Duh? Right?

What's wrong with my world? Anything wrong with it is me. I am ... I need to do something different today, this week, this month, this year with regarding how I deal with my business partner, my husband, my colleagues, my potential and current customers, vendors and industry friends.

What can I do right now? Hey, who do I know out there, that is my Linkedin network that needs a recommendation, and I haven't done that yet? Let me know. That's just one of many that only take a few seconds.

Second, I can suggest new, crazy, and very effective marketing ideas for my own company and for events, people and organizations that mean a lot to me. Okay, so ... let's have like a 2-3 mile walk/run race early the morning of the first day or the night before the first day of the ITEXPO West 2011 in Austin. Companies can sponsor it, the tshirts, the celebration afterward, and so on. Add it as an additional item people can sign up for. Even Cluecon is thinking of doing this in August 2011 in Chicago.  CEBIT has their 5 K runners and walkers go right through the exhibition center.

I will publicly acknowledge my business partner, my husband, my son, my colleagues, my customers, my vendors ... showcasing their skills, talents, accomplishments.

I need to face the reality of my own skills, talents and accomplishments and how those of others have helped me to get to where I am and to where I want to be.

This increases the density of a success cycle around me and around others I am in contact with, and all I have to do is work on myself and what I can do to improve. This seems so simple, right? But I think it is really difficult for each of us to do, whether *monetizing IP communications or any other goal we set.

* Paytoo is amazing.
"The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost."
G.K. Chesterton

(Thank you, Mom, for teaching me early in life about all the above from my birth in 1959 until your passing at age 42.)
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