Consume. Write. Participate.

I have three words taped to my monitor as you can see in the picture below.  They are all meant to be daily reminders for me personally.

Consume.  Read, read and read some more.  Always stay up on what’s happening.  Google Reader and Instapaper, thank you.

Write.  I try to express my thoughts on this blog as much as possible.  Sometimes they are shorter posts like this one and sometimes they are long, winding stream of consciousness posts, but they are my thoughts and I love sharing them and having discussions with people.  The discussions are what fuel me.

Participate.  This is the hardest one to make time for but to me, the most important.  It’s why I’m interested in Quora and why I try to comment on other blogs as much as possible.  Participating in conversations, whether they are on your blog or others, is what the web was made for.

Consume. Write. Participate.

14 Comments

  1. Josh Martin on January 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I think you forgot two other important words: Ping Pong



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  3. Mfrazier on January 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Hey Jeff,
    I remember right after joining Engauge when I first met with you in Atlanta. I saw these post-its and thought they were spot on. It’s funny, just the other day I was thinking about adding my own to my monitor to remind me of what’s most important for me to achieve on a day-to-day basis. Thanks for reminding me to do just that.

    Mya



  4. Greg H on January 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    What, no “automotive incinerate”?



  5. @TonyKinard on January 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Hey Jeff,

    I’d be really interested in your assessment of your experience with Quora thus far.



  6. Anonymous on January 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Lately I have been trying to discipline myself by asking one question after each thing I read which is what else can I do with this information. This can include share, comment or get inspired to write.



  7. Jeff Hilimire on January 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Ah yes, I could and probably should have “Begin the begin” on my monitor as well. In fact, I think I could probably weave REM lyrics together to pretty much map my entire life.



  8. StevenMoore on January 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Quora is very interesting isn’t it. Working on understanding how a brand can use it well. The best use maybe to build the thought leaders in the brand audience and demonstrate expertise. I am still reading and following more than participating but plan to spend a little more time there.
    Who do you think is doing an outstanding job with this channel?



  9. Jeff Hilimire on January 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Yeah Quora is very interesting. I’m working on a post about it right now actually.

    As an aside, that seems to be the best way for me personally to think through a new service like this. Forcing yourself to blog about something can really help you form an opinion on something.



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