"Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success." ~Oscar Wilde
This is the perfect quote to segue into my thought for today! 'Supporting and giving positive encouragement to your friends or family in their personal business and/or struggles' ... a subject I'd been pondering lately in my work with the Artful Success program (because we are there supporting others), and then it came up again today. So I say it's close enough to three times that I want to express my thoughts on it.
So I ask you, do you support your friends and family's successes - in a manner that's clear and understood?
Do you do that; give encouragement and support or do you keep quiet, assume they "just know" you support their efforts, their endeavors? I mean, do you say it, do you discuss it with them, do you discuss it with others on occasion? Do you click "LIKE" on Facebook pages, posts, links? Share their websites & fan pages (referred to as "link love") the way you might share your favorite music video, news article or photos of dead celebrities? It's helpful and important you know. Do you Retweet their links on Twitter when you see them and say to yourself, "Hey, this would probably help them out a lot to spread their information out in the world, give them a little extra exposure in the sea of social and media overload"? ...Do you think like that? Do you do that? Do you realize it's helpful, it's desired, it's supportive?
I'm just saying... because they'll remember it, they'll appreciate it. They LOVE it! We LOVE it! I LOVE it! It isn't about validation; nope, not at all. They don't need it to feel accepted; they need it to feel "supported". It makes us feel big love, all warm and fuzzy - by those we admire and love back.
Now, don't get me wrong... I'm not saying it's a condition of love and friendship, because it isn't that way at all. I just began to wonder if it was common knowledge to those that don't rely or depend on social media and referrals for new and additional business connections. Personal referrals and testimonials are a business's life blood. Especially small businesses, the self-employed and artists - like me and so many other entrepreneurs.
So go on, show your favorite business people a little "Link Love" every now and then. They won't forget you. They won't forget you even if you don't share Link Love...
Just a little "public service announcement. Now back to your regularly scheduled station".