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Keeping Hope Amongst Fear

Each new year, most of us are filled with hope. Hope is why we celebrate right when the clock strikes midnight on a new year. It’s why we make resolutions. We’re ready to forget the hardships of the previous year and improve our lives.

For many of us, 2020 was a milestone. Not just a new year, but a new decade. For years prior, we looked forward, hopeful that 2020 would be the start of something new. The year things would turn around for the better. Or if you were already on an upward trajectory, things would continue going your way.

Winston Churchill QuoteLittle did we know, we’d be facing a global pandemic in 2020 and our lives will certainly be changed forever. At the moment, there is no end in sight. Projections for the lives that could be lost are staggering. The outlook for the economy is bleak. This is a scary time for many of us throughout the world and it would be easy to dwell in that fear.

But working at Share On Purpose the past eight years has taught me that hope is a powerful tool. One that, if given the attention it deserves, can change your present and your future.

We are a small company with big dreams, yet working towards them has not always been easy. We’ve parted with clients that made up the majority of our revenue. We grew too quickly without the right staff and infrastructure in place to support that growth. We’ve put trust in places we shouldn’t have. All of these missteps set us back on our path to reaching our dreams, but we have always been guided to keep hope.

Keeping hope means we set a certain expectation for how things will work out. We know that we’ll be able to work through whatever obstacle we’re facing and come out stronger on the other side by utilizing the lessons learned. We remain relentless in our belief that things will work out the way we want. The path most certainly isn’t what we thought it’d be, but we choose to believe the end result will be the same.

During difficult times, it can be hard to think about where you’re going and instead, set your attention on your present – your anger, fear and frustration. That’s when you must shift your focus to what is working. Find things to be grateful for. During tough business times, we focused on how our team came together and how we were able to innovate. This made it easier to keep hope.

For everyone who is stuck at home and fearful right now, find reasons to be grateful. Even though we’re physically separated, there’s a stronger sense of connection than I can ever recall before. I’ve spoken with more of my neighbors (from a safe distance) in the past two weeks than I had in the past two years living in my home. My social pages are filled with messages of people offering help to anyone who may need it, even complete strangers. We’re seeing videos from all around the world of communities coming together in unique ways, and even without being present, we feel a part of it. Yes, there is plenty bad, but there is also beauty in this pandemic.

We encourage you all to focus on what is working, finds things to be grateful for, and choose to keep hope.

“May your choices reflect your hope. Not your fear.” – Nelson Mandela

Abundance: Creating the Life You Want

Want to create more in your life? More success, more money, more joy and more meaning?

Share On Purpose hires great people who do great things, and proudly teaches them how to create more in their lives.

The first step to MORE is to understand the difference between abundance and wealth.

To be wealthy means that you have achieved “a great quantity of money and/or possessions.” Wealth is an end state.

Abundance, on the other hand, is an energy you step into. Webster defines abundance as “generating an ample quantity.” The keyword being ample, which means generously sufficient.

I think of abundance as the process of both creating and receiving more.

Becoming abundant means, you are receiving what you want in great supply, versus a fixed state of wealth where you already have it.

Said another way, abundance is the PROCESS of more; it’s the energy of attraction.

Tapping into the energy of abundance allows us to create more joy and more meaning, not just more money. We are operating within a flow of the powerful energy of abundance, rather than trying to force an end state of wealth.

We must also step into our divinity and our ability to CREATE more. Not just more money, but more everything. More success, more joy, and more meaning.

Sounds great, right? There’s a catch.

Two Things to Give Up:

In order to harness abundance, we have to give up our old ways of being, particularly our egoic need to try to force an outcome.

As a person who grew up in poverty, I spent the first half of my career driving towards wealth and success. As I acquired it, I realized I was still not happy,

1) Meaning versus Money:

I learned in order to create an abundant life I have to give up the quest for money, and instead seek meaning. By focusing on what matters and what I am passionate about, money will flow.

When I look for meaningful work it means I enjoy the work, and in the process of doing that, I attract more money. This is where passion comes in. To tap into abundance, we must be passionate about our work. Passion fuels abundance.

2) Freedom versus Control

The second key to abundance is understanding the difference between freedom and control.

The ego wants to control situations, others, and outcomes.

But does having more control feel like abundance? No. The truth is, what we really want is freedom. We really want financial freedom, time freedom, and the freedom to just be.

Are you hungry for more? Do you want to work in a place that places purpose, passion and potential as the foundation for attracting abundance?

If you know you’re destined for more and think Share On Purpose might be for you, check out our available positions.

 

Measuring What Matters: Focus on Growth

Since our family was poor growing up, the holiday season was challenging. While my friends were boasting about their gift wish lists for Santa, I was left to longingly stare at the Sear’s Wish Book knowing full well that Santa was make-believe, and most of the toys I circled were a fantasy.

One December weekend I spent the afternoon with my Grandpa and he asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I told him that what I really wanted was a 10-speed bike. Back then, 10-speed bikes were hugely popular. My friends had received 10-speed bikes the previous year, and I felt totally behind the times. I begged for a 10-speed bike for my birthday, and again for Christmas, but I knew it was a long shot.

Gramps sensed my disappointment and asked, “Why do you want a 10-speed?”

Right on cue, I said, “Because my friends have one, and I want to ride with them.”

He smiled and said, “What’s more important, getting what you want, or getting where you want to go?”

At first, I thought he was talking about me wanting to ride with my friends, and I looked at him puzzled.

He continued, “Terri, because your parents don’t have the same resources as your friends, you have to focus on where you want to GROW, rather than what you want to get.”

He then went on to explain the reason he gave me books as gifts (rather than cool toys) was to help me grow into the type of person who would never have to worry about money in the future. At a mere 10 years old, I couldn’t fully comprehend this wisdom at the time, but I instinctively trusted the resolve in his voice.

“If you want your future life to be different than your present, you have to focus on growth. By focusing on growth, you get where you want to go and reach your potential IF you make a commitment to growth, rather than gifts.”

In retrospect, wow, he was right. Over time, I became an avid reader and leveraged books to both escape my childhood challenges, but also to accelerate the achievement of my goals. I developed perseverance, which led to a state of fearlessness related to obstacles.

I’ve learned to measure what matters most. Each year I measure the growth I’ve had in my professional and personal life, while still looking forward to continued growth and experiences to enrich the rest of my life.

Yes, I’ve had challenges in my life, but by focusing on the growth I had during those times, I’m able to persevere and keep on my path towards a continuously more abundant life.

Share On Purpose is focused on the growth and development of an individual as a whole. If you want to join a company that encourages you to step outside your comfort zone and grow, check out our available positions here.

And happy holidays from the Share On Purpose family!

Hopeful for the Future, Grateful for the Past

The time around Thanksgiving is always a gentle reminder of the power of gratitude and the strength in hopefulness.

I’ve heard many people lament 2019. For Share On Purpose, Inc. 2019 represented one of the most challenging periods in our company’s history. The year was just plain hard.

Interestingly enough, our culture was fortified during the most challenging periods in our company’s evolution. And 2019 was no different. Our leaders found strength they didn’t know they had and earned the leadership roles they now proudly hold.

Most of us here are chasing the biggest dream we’ve ever had, and yet this year we were pushed to our limits more than once.

But something inside of us, separately and together, encouraged us to keep going. Although we had much to fear, we always found a reason to hope.

Maybe it’s the vision we hold or the purpose behind it. Maybe’s its intuition or some other divine force. Possibly, it’s the power of perseverance deep within our soul.

Whatever it is, hopefulness is what we choose.

Hopeful is defined as “feeling or inspiring optimism about a future event” – which is how we see our company, regardless of the challenges we experience along the way.

This is important because HOPE is the key to achieving a dream. We must be inspired about a future vision, no matter what the present holds.

Most of us were taught to use external events, as an indication of success. As kids, we’ve heard questions like: “Did you win?” “Did you get an A in your test?” We’ve learned to evaluate our dreams, based on external measures of success.

This doesn’t work. To achieve a dream, we must look past our present reality to the hopefulness of that very dream, while being grateful for what is.

Because I faced extreme poverty and abuse as a child, I developed the power of hopefulness early on, which helped me to look past my immediate challenges to the sheer will to survive.

Rather than look at what was happening for hope, I learned how to shift my perspective to the dream of something different. I saw things the way I wanted them to be, rather than how they were at that moment. I learned to look for the good in everything. And… that filled me with hope.

Today, that hopefulness is now pervasive in our company culture. No matter what happens, our core leaders are able to shift their perspective to the good that can come from the challenge, rather than dwell on the challenge itself.

The truth is, we learn from each challenge we face, so difficulties are part of our growth, and part of how we achieve our dream. For Share On Purpose, challenges are simply a step on the path to reach our ultimate goal – creating a place of possibilities.

It may sound utopian to some, but it’s who we are at our core.

I was reminded of the power of choosing hope recently while watching an amazing movie, The Art of Racing in the Rain. On the surface, the movie is about a race car driver and his very special dog. However, look a little deeper, and you’ll see that the movie is really about the power to focus on what you want to create, rather than let life’s circumstances (in this case rain), control you. It’s one of the most inspiring movies I’ve seen about the power of hope.

As we near Thanksgiving, I’m most grateful for hope.

– Hope that things will improve in our nation

– Hope that there are better times ahead

– Hope that we are a beacon of “possibilities”

– Hope that we attract the best talent

– Hope for profitable growth

– Hope for powerful new concepts to launch

What are you hopeful about? What do you want to create with this life you’ve been given?

If you want to build something great, bring a spirit of hopefulness to your professional endeavors. Anyone can be critical and judgmental, but those who do great things know that hopefulness is THE attribute that produces victory.

Happy Thanksgiving. Be a beacon of hope.

Perseverance: The Key to Career Success

The ability to persevere through challenges and obstacles is the key to career success. However, in many cases, it is easier said than done. So, what stops us?

Fear is the number one thing that keeps us from having what we want.

Now I’m not talking about the kind of fear that keeps us from walking down a dark alley in the middle of the night. What I’m referring to are the fears that keep us from living, growing, achieving – such as fear of failure, fear of judgment, fear about the opinions of others, and for many even the fear of success.

As a result of this irrational fear, we convince ourselves that there is nothing we can do to improve our situation, e.g. that we don’t have what we need, we aren’t smart enough, or it’s too risky. So, we don’t do anything and accept where we are.

The truth is: when we really want something, there is always a way to overcome fear.

Truly successful people have two things in common:

They believe in a dream, vision, or goal

They believe in this so much that they will do ANYTHING to reach it. As a result, they tap into the invisible and unlimited power of perseverance. Perseverance is inside each of us, but only a few choose to access it. Successful people harness the power of perseverance by simply refusing to quit. This is easier than you might think. Those who achieve their dreams DECIDE that failure is not an option and, as a result, they persevere.

The second thing successful people do is face each fear head-on

They call the fear out from the dark recesses of the subconscious mind. By naming a fear and facing it, we shine a light on our innate ability to overcome that which we fear.

How to Push through the Fear

We don’t always recognize what it is that is holding us back, which is why so many tend to settle for less than what they’re worth. We all have fears. Some we might be aware of and some we might not. To recognize fear and face it head-on, the process works like this:

DECIDE on a dream or goal

The biggest issue with fear is that we don’t decide what we want.

FEEL the fear

When you think about your dream or goal, you WILL feel fear. This does not mean that you won’t get it, rather it means that you’re afraid you won’t. Do not let this fear dissuade you.

FACE the fear

In order to grow, we simply have to face the fear. Look at it, feel it, make it conscious; bring it into your awareness.

ACCESS perseverance

When we face the fear, we are able to access the power of perseverance to PUSH through fear and resistance. Just search your body for the feeling of perseverance (it will feel the exact opposite of fear).

The key is to PUSH through fear. Name it. Move forward in spite of how it feels (because it doesn’t feel good at first). Decide that failure is not an option. Once you do this, you’ll quickly feel the energetic sensation of perseverance. As you use that energy, you will find yourself growing, and then your ability to face the fear grows with it.

So, are you ready to face that fear today?

If fear is stopping you from taking the next leap in your career, now is the time to push through. Join a company that is committed to your professional and personal growth. Learn about our available positions here.

Character

The culture at Share On Purpose is built on character and integrity. We firmly believe you must be able to “walk the talk.” We look for this quality in each person who joins the team as well as the clients we choose to partner with. 

Bob Prince, our Manager of Digital Media, is one such employee who exemplifies the principle of character. He stated, “I want people to know that when you throw the ball to Bob, I’m going to do my best to catch it. It’s my personal pride. I want to be everything I can be.”

His work ethic and commitment to excellence was instilled in him early on. “I’ve had a fairly independent life,” Bob said. “I had to make difficult choices from a pretty young age. I’d watch others make choices that didn’t turn out well and I didn’t want to follow that path. I always made the best choice I could, and I can proudly say that I have no regrets.”

Bob’s personal standard of doing what’s right is reflected in the work he produces at Share On Purpose. When asked to define character he stated, “It’s your currencyand if you don’t maintain the value of your own personal currency then what you contribute is worthless. You have to have something you value, which is yourself.”

Share On Purpose seeks employees who take pride in their character but also work to nurture it. “Share On Purpose is a people-centric business,” said Bob. “I love that we do things that make an impact. It’s hard to put that into words, but even in small ways we do things that improve people’s lives. There’s enough negativity out there and I want to be on the positive side of things. Share On Purpose makes me a better person because of the standards we set. I try my best to meet those standards and then model them for other people. For example, authenticity is very important at Share. I want to be authentic in my personal life as much as at work. That means, I say what I mean and mean what I say.”

If you ask Bob or the leadership at Share, they’ll be the first to admit having strong character doesn’t mean being perfect. It’s about committing to truth and being open and honest, even when you fail.

We ask ourselves hard questions. We wrestle with both perceptions and reality to uncover truth, and we face facts even when it’s painful to do so.

This commitment to character means that we will fire clients who treat team members poorly, and conversely, we will terminate team members who don’t care enough to serve each other, or our clients, well.

We also admit mistakes as soon as we find them (which is never soon enough) and will change what doesn’t work.

We pick ourselves up when we fail and use perspective to look for the good in ALL things.

That’s the beauty of an authentic commitment to truth: it’s not about being perfect, but rather understanding that character is indeed a window (people can see in), and we must walk the talk.

Working at Share On Purpose means that our leaders won’t be perfect but are committed to the pursuit of excellence. We will question everything because we want to win at serving, rather than selling.

If you’re ready to commit to being your best self and want to work with a team committed to the same, come join us.

Find Your Passion and Discover Career Happiness

Share On Purpose is committed to aligning employees with work they find meaningful. We believe that starts by identifying one’s purpose.

Stephanie Renna, Senior Talent Manager at Share on Purpose, describes the experience of finding her purpose as an awakening. 

“At first I struggled to find the right words. Like many others who go through this exercise, I thought my purpose had to fit the work I was already doing. I didn’t realize it was something bigger,” said Stephanie. “When I stopped overthinking it and put the words to what I wanted, I had that awakening! My purpose is simply, “to bring joy.”

Finding her purpose, combined with being in a place with so many possibilities, has positively impacted Stephanie’s career. With her performance mindset and ability to persevere, she has achieved new levels of success.

Stephanie started in one of Share On Purpose’s portfolio companies in 2012 (before it was even called Share On Purpose) working in a marketing role. At that time, she was given opportunities to stretch and grow her skill set.

“At my former employer, I worked 9 hours a day in a cubicle, focusing on one single aspect of marketing. At Share, I was exposed to all areas of business. It was exciting because my degree is in advertising and marketing, so I was able to utilize more of what I’d learned,” said Stephanie.

It’s Different at a Growth Focused Company 

Stephanie will attest to the fact that things move quickly at Share On Purpose. Her career changed as the organization grew. Working with multiple brands within the portfolio exposed her to new services and clients, which allowed her to expand her skill set beyond marketing.

This exposure and awareness of one’s purpose allows employees to chart a career path that aligns with the type of work that will fulfill them.

“The next step was to determine the work I was most passionate about. I’d been exposed to elements of staffing and training in a few of the brands and really loved that work. Fortunately, the portfolio was experiencing rapid growth and there was a need for a position utilizing those skills. I began my transition from Engagement Manager to Talent Manager in 2016.”

Working On Purpose

Share On Purpose is a place of possibilities. Our focus on launching new brands, coupled with our dedication to ensuring employees are doing work they love, allows individuals to try new roles in a safe environment. Once an associate finds one that is the right fit, he or she is developed quickly to grow into a leadership position and build a career that aligns with their passion and purpose.

Stephanie was able to find a new role within the organization that fit both her passion and purpose, and has since built the talent department. The process wasn’t easy, but it was rewarding.

“I spent four years with Share before this opportunity presented itself. And I still step in to support projects in other areas of the business from time-to-time,” said Stephanie. “That’s fine because I know I’m in the right place and that ultimately, I’ll be an executive doing work I love full time.”

“I am happier now, even though it took a lot of trial and error to get here. When I first discovered my purpose was to bring joy, I thought I would have to go to clown school to fulfill it. I’m relieved that is not the case,” chuckled Stephanie.

Share On Purpose is unique in that we have a portfolio of companies that allows us to support our team members in finding the brand they like best. Additionally, the culture is built to support dedicated team members in succeeding, sometimes even providing a new career path that aligns with the portfolio’s growth. Stephanie is one of several success stories.

If working in a place of possibilities resonates with you, consider applying for one of our open positions.

Collaborating to Win

Be honest, do you ever take on too much? Too often we try to accomplish everything ourselves and end up taking on more responsibility than is necessary.

As a serial entrepreneur, and a leader of aspiring executives who are also entrepreneurial, breaking the habit of trying to “go it alone” has been paramount. Leaders who do not master the art of collaboration are overworked, get limited results, or in some cases, both.

Our success at Share On Purpose is in large part because of the principle – Together is More: Collaboration Fuels Quality.

WHAT IS “TOGETHER IS MORE”?

The guiding principle Together Is More is about collaboration. Collaboration as a discipline is not well understood because the corporate management system by which most professionals start their career is deeply flawed. In most companies, failure is punished severely, which diminishes the willingness to take calculated risks, and includes an intense focus on individual accountability versus individual and team performance.

This translates into individuals and departments working independently, and in some cases against each other, rather than collaborating to win collectively. This lack of natural collaboration built into the cultural framework impacts productivity and results. It also slowly erodes trust, developing a cut-throat environment, rather than a place of possibilities.

The guiding principle Together is More requires that the executive team models collaboration from the top down, while ensuring collaboration occurs throughout the organization. It’s something that’s not just “talked about” but is embedded into the entire management structure, as it is role modeled at all management levels.

WHY COLLABORATION IS KEY TO SUCCESS

Building a place of possibilities is, in large part, dependent upon the effectiveness of the organization, which hinges on its ability to collaborate. Establishing a culture that has a foundation of collaboration will have a significant impact on the organization’s effectiveness and, ultimately, the growth potential of the business and the individuals supporting it.

collaborationHOW DO YOU BUILD COLLABORATION INTO YOUR CULTURE?

Effective collaboration requires a win-win mindset from every level of the organization.

For example, executives and middle management MUST believe:

  • No one can win unless we all win.
  • When an individual wins, we win as a team.

It requires a commitment to win-win relationships between employees and managers, and the company and its contractors.

This is a powerful leadership lesson that facilitates a culture of collaboration and supports a place of possibilities. I am grateful that our top executives model this attribute and have adopted a collaboration mindset.

If a company that has authentic collaboration among all of its team members sounds like a place where you’d want to work, consider applying for one of our open positions.

Abundance in 2019

Do you ever feel there’s something missing in your life? Maybe you aren’t fulfilled by your current role, or you’ve dreamt of a position you fear you aren’t qualified for.  Or maybe you desire stronger relationships, more travel or better health. Sound familiar?

Share On Purpose hires great people who do great things, and not only gives training on how to excel in any role but proudly teaches each employee how to create more in their lives.

Succeed On Purpose, the first brand created within the Share On Purpose portfolio, offers courses in personal and professional development that each member of the team is invited to attend at no cost to them.

As we start the new year, we are focused on abundance. Not just having more wealth (although that is important) but having MORE in all aspects of life – more success, more joy, and more meaning.

The first step to MORE is understanding the difference between wealth and abundance.

Being wealthy means you have achieved “a great quantity of money and/or possessions.” Wealth is an end state.

Abundance, on the other hand, is an energy you step into.  Abundance is the PROCESS of more. It’s the energy of attraction.

Tapping into the energy of abundance goes beyond financial rewards. It allows us to create more joy and more meaning. Within us flows a powerful energy of abundance. We just need to tap into it and release our ability to CREATE whatever we desire.

Getting Ready for Abundance:

As a person who grew up in poverty, I spent the first half of my career driving towards wealth and success. As I acquired it, I realized I was still not happy.

In order to harness abundance, we have to give up our old ways of being. Particularly our egoic need to try to force an outcome. Here are two ways I had to change:

1) Meaning versus Money:

I learned that in order to create an abundant life, I had to give up the quest for money, and instead, seek meaning.

By focusing on what matters and putting my energy into what I’m passionate about, money will come.

When I look for meaningful work, it means I enjoy what I’m doing, and in the process attract more money. This is where passion comes in. To tap into abundance, we must be passionate about our work. Passion fuels abundance.

2) Freedom versus Control

The second key to abundance is understanding the difference between freedom and control.

The ego wants to control situations, people and outcomes.

But does having more control lead to abundance? No. The truth is, what we really want is freedom. We really want financial freedom, time freedom, and the freedom to just be.

So, what next?

Are you hungry for more?

Do you want to work in a place that’s dynamically cresting from a place of abundance? If you know you’re destined for more and think Share On Purpose might be for you, check out our available positions.

If you desire more beyond your career, Succeed On Purpose invites you to join our 100-Day Prosperity Challenge. You’ll learn tools and techniques that will get you more success, more joy, more meaning AND more money.

Resourcefulness – Obstacles Are an Opportunity for Innovation

One of our company’s power tools is to “use short-term challenges to make long-term impacts.”

The entire Share On Purpose portfolio was born out of innovating our way through challenges. Seriously. All of it.

The vision for the company has never changed, but what we built and how we built it has morphed repeatedly, through mistakes and missteps.

In the early days, it felt like failure; like maybe the dream was too big and we couldn’t do it.

Keep in mind, the goal isn’t just to build ONE company, but to create a portfolio of game-changing companies and to do so with a talented group of emerging leaders.

We want to do this WITH our team – to work with them side-by-side, learning and growing together. It’s the collaboration with other smart leaders that inspires us.

And for me personally, I want to use my innate gift for launching businesses to help these leaders get what they want, including the opportunities to grow and learn. That’s the motivation behind our business model.

So, why has the journey been so difficult?

Two reasons: First, it’s a big vision. We don’t want to just create a company within an industry. In each case, we want to build a company that innovates its industry. Big? Yep.

Like it or not, something that big requires stops and starts, adjustments and frequent pivots. A pivot is a change in strategy or execution – without a change in vision.

Second, it requires resiliency and resourcefulness. There is great power in those attributes, but they take a level of commitment and focus to persevere. All great executives know that.

So as we celebrate our 9 year anniversary, I realize that it’s all been worth it. Every struggle, every mistake, every change, every pivot. All worth it.

Our culture molded itself and created one of our most revered core values – resourcefulness.

Today we know that each challenge reveals a course correction to a more effective way of building this big dream.

If you want to build something great, are committed to growth, and want to create a place of possibilities, join our team.