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                   --Lee Pound

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Day 37 Story - Accepting New Technology

In this story (365 Stories in a Year blog) I tell how I got my very first computer and how that technology was extremely easy to use.

This may seem strange to many people who still have problems accepting computers. At the time, computing was so new that many people refused to even touch them. However, I saw the potential for easing my workload and anyway I loved to fiddle with new gadgets.

It’s very important to not be afraid of the new. Yes, it changes lives but every new invention since civilization began has changed lives in ways that weren’t comfortable to many.

Enjoy the story.

Day 36 Story - We Can All Make a Difference

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) started out with a picture of an old lady seated on the porch of her home with nothing to do and no prospect of anything to do in the future. Her routine is deadly but no more deadly than the routine faced by millions of people today.

In the end, it became a challenge to shake up whatever little part of the world you have influence over. Change is never easy and being the gadfly, as Vanessa decided to become, can cause hard feelings. It can also cause incredible elation and can change lives.

The idea for this story was simple: We can all make a difference. At times such ideas can take us to places where we are uncomfortable and to stories that may upset people. This is the writer’s job, to challenge, to point out the foibles, and to shake up complacency.

Let’s all get to work.

Day 35 Story - When Nothing Goes Your Way

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) was born out of a frustrating day for me. I had a speaking engagement that went well, a call on the Profitable Social Media book that went well, and then I started working on burning some DVDs for a product my business partner Arvee Robinson and I are putting together.

That didn’t go well. In fact, as I write this I am also burning DVDs. Yes, they will get done. Maybe later than I want them to. My wife and I even went out to a movie to take a break.

This shows you how an idea can come from just a plain frustrating day when the creative juices shouldn’t be running at all. Yet here they are running. This story turned out to be an easy one to write once I finally got to it.

Day 34 Story - Taking a Leap of Faith

Today’s story (365 Stories in a Year blog) has a simple moral. If you keep doing what isn’t working, you’ll keep getting the same result, nothing.

I got the idea from the long football pass called the “Hail Mary” where the quarterback throws and prays that the end catches it. The story says that basically at times we need to throw a “Hail Mary” to get our marketing started, to make a new connection, or to set up a new business venture.

Virtually every success story has a unique angle to it. Almost nobody who is a huge success copied anybody step for step. At some time every successful person took an unanticipated step or called on someone who responded in a big way. This was true of the Speak Your Way to Wealth seminar business.

The point of the story is that every person’s success story is unique and that the best way to be a success in your market is, yes, follow the basic steps necessary, but also take a few leaps of faith.

Day 33 Story - How Writing Coaching Works

If you’ve ever wondered if you could benefit from a writing coaching session, this story (365 Stories in a Year blog) will show you what it’s like. This story started out as something entirely different but morphed into a coaching session so I thought I’d share it with the writers among you.

This message is important. Too many writers, especially fiction writers, fail to get second opinions on their writing before sending it out. This is a recipe for disaster, as the story shows.

By the way, if you’re here to find story writing ideas, you will find them but in a different way. Too many people want someone to give them ideas so they can go write. I contend that the best ideas for you to write about are already inside you, waiting for you to let them out and shine.

Most ideas you get from commercial sites will be artificial, unrelated to anything you have experienced. The best stories are based on what you know and what you have experienced. Don’t censor those ideas out. Use them and you’ll be amazed at how fast your writing improves.

Day 32 Story - When the Going Gets Tough

This was a tough day to write a story. No question. I was up at 5 a.m. to get ready for a 6:30 ride to San Diego to give a speech at the annual leadership conference of the Federal Asian Pacific American Council Southwest at the Naval Base in San Diego.

I had a great time there, talked a lot about using writing, speaking and social media to create a leadership persona, and connected with a lot of interesting people. After the long drive back, Sharon Nicholas hosted a dinner party for some of the people at the event. It didn’t end until sunset.

Therefore, I arrived home after nine p.m. after being up since 5 a.m. and I still had to write a story. Imagine how easy it would be to just go to bed. A lot of people would. I wrote the story (365 Stories in a Year blog) and got it up before midnight, just as promised. It’s now 11 p.m. and this blog post is almost done.

This story is a simple tale of realization that one person’s life is on the wrong track and the simple step my main character to change this.

By the way, there are other difficult days ahead for this story blog. I plan to keep posting away, every day, in spite of how difficult it might be.

Time for bed now. See you tomorrow.

Day 31 Story - A Cry for Help

People ask for help in many different ways, some overt, some in not so obvious ways. In the story (365 Stories in a Year blog) we see what can happen when we don’t understand that a person needs help.

This story is pure fiction but I’m sure we have all know people like John, who never say a word, who may work hard, who might have massive problems but don’t confide in anyone.

I’m not sure where this story came from except that it emerged from the title, Crash and Burn. I think all of us have had a crash and burn moment sometime in our lives. Mostly it didn’t result in what happened to John in this story. However, the frustration is real and the tendency to hide it universal.

Day 30 Story - Listening to Critics

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is about criticism. This is a subject most writers and speakers do not want to face because most all of us fear having others tell us what is wrong with the words we have worked and sweated over. We want them to be good and when they aren’t we tend to hide.

Three of the most important times that I have grown in my profession came as the result of criticism. You will find all three instances in these stories at some point. If I had not listened to my critics, I would not be where I am today.

Read this story and realize that critiques are simply expressions of opinion even when they hurt. They are meant to help you make your work better. Take them as such and do what you need to do.

When this idea arose, I almost didn’t want to write the story. However, the lesson is so important that I decided it had to be told.

Day 29 Story - Taking Positive Action

This story (365 Stories in a Year blog) is an allegorical look at one of the prime problems marketers face when trying to start a business in today’s economy. Read the story and see if it hits home with you.

The key point of the story is that there is a huge difference between collecting and acting as you start your business.

The title comes from of one of my early coaches, Melanie Benson Strick, and just popped into my head as I was considering what to write this morning. “Bright Shiny Objects” are distractions from the true work we need to do in our businesses.

I actually considered not writing this but the message is so important that it can’t be repeated often enough. I’ve talked about it before but not in this clear a way. All I ask is that you learn from Susan’s problem and never repeat it yourself.

Day 28 Story - The Most Common Reason for Failure

This story (365 Stories in a Day blog) is a perfect example of why most people fail to achieve the success they want. They simply refuse to take action either through fear or procrastination.

We can sit and think about our situation and what we need to do for hours, days, weeks, months and years but if we never take that first step, we will accomplish nothing.

Once you understand that nothing bad will happen to you if you act, you will be much more willing to step up and do what needs to be done.