accelerate your impact

Create a Larger Impact in Your Profession

How can you create a larger impact in your career? Rather that going through your work day with your head down, focusing on your work, you have the ability to make a difference, create a brand and have a larger impact on your business/industry.

I was recently interviewed for the Positive Phil show and we talked extensively about this top. We talked about the following:

  • What is unique about my latest business book – Accelerate Your Impact
  • How have professionals applied some of impact/influence strategies to secure promotions?
  • Some of the charts in the book that receive so much feedback

One of the things I mention is the value and importance of living the dash which is a phrase which comes from a poem by Linda Ellis “The Dash Poem:”

​The Dash
by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

​I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
​the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before. 

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

​So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?

​Copyright 1996 Linda Ellis

We need to be more mindful about our actions, our thoughts and the projects we take on each day. Check out the entire interview with Positive Phil:

IMG_5268cJJ DiGeronimo, keynote speaker for women, based in Cleveland, presents keynote addresses on women in leadership, diversity in business and advancement for women.

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