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The cliche about doing what I do even if I didn't get paid isn't a cliche, because I've lived it for three years. I have no idea how I made it this far, honestly. There has been more than one night that I meditated on the Indy Jones Holy Grail Bridge, saying out loud to my bedroom, "Show me the bridge. I'm not seeing the bridge." And damned if that bridge didn't show up within the next day or two. 

We really do find out that there's more to us than we think. Each time we push through a fear barrier, there's a sweet reprieve ~ a chance to catch our breath and then back into the breach. It's f*cking terrifying. And exhilarating. And I would never ever have "a real job" ever again. 

I thank God for my inner sanctum "Crazy Margaret Mead People." They are those who have answered texts in the middle of the night: [ME: I'm not crazy and this will all work out.] THEM: You're not crazy and this will all work out. 

Thanks for saying what a lot feel. 

11 months, 2 weeks ago on How to be Happy with No Money

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Margie, I can't thank you enough for expanding upon the motivations behind my book. While I would never intend to minimize clinical depression, the intent was to provide some way of helping people identify the intangible reasons for sticking around. (Fierce_Chat, you make some AWESOME POINTS). Thank you for the gift of your friendship. Best, M. 

1 year ago on My 100 reasons to live

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Thank you. 

1 year, 3 months ago on On Being White, Female, and Privileged

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Thanks so much for including me in this list! I learned about some new folks today. Best, M. :)

1 year, 3 months ago on Five Things to Think About

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Honored to be mentioned in this post, Doug. Social media is an organic, expanding entity that knits itself from the ether. The people within respective networks are nodes and the relationships they forge are the synapses that facilitate information and spur growth. Neat stuff. Thanks, Doug! :)

1 year, 6 months ago on How Social Media Saved My Life: An Expression of Gratitude

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Wow thanks Doug! I am honored to have been so noted. Thanks so much for including my work. It's humbling to share space with the other writers/bloggers. I hope you have a wonderful 2013! :)

1 year, 9 months ago on The Top 100 Small Business Articles of 2012

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Margie, you are something else. Thank you so much for the inclusion ~ it means a lot. As I read through your list, I was impressed again and again my the people I saw, not only because of their expertise in the category into which they had been placed, but because of those I knew, each is slogging in the trenches, day in and day out, living their mission. They are walking their talk...how inspiring. I'll echo @AngelaMaiers : you are the sort of catalyst that belongs on lists on this nature. Thanks so much for taking the time to craft it! :)

2 years, 2 months ago on 100 People Who Don’t Get Enough Credit Online

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Brian Solis wrote a post about this, too (which I RT'd), only to have some guy zap back the digital equivalent of "Is so ~ yuh-HUH!" (my younger brother's favorite retort). There are SO many people I know whose digital footprint is small potatoes and yet they wield enormous influence in the brick and mortar world.

 

Online influence is a different beast. It's real but expresses and manifests itself differently. One of the anchors of both online and offline influence is that measurable outcomes occur as a result of the intervention of the influencer. This outcome is predicated on trust.

 

When you talk about things you don't know about, you look like an idiot and thus, by extension, someone not to be trusted.

 

Martina is absolutely correct when she says that accolades and praise must be met with grace. When we start believing our own hype, we begin the slippery slope that leads to a fall.

 

Good stuff, Margie! :D

 

2 years, 6 months ago on Pondering Hubris

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First of all, humbled and honored to have been included within this post. Second of all, I would like to echo what @LisaPetrilli had to say about each of us honoring our own voices as a means to elevate the Whole. One of my favorite quotes that I share often with the community at @Women With Drive Foundation: "You don't have to be anti-man to be pro-woman." - Jane Galvin Lewis.

As for why more women aren't represented in the C suite, I'll chalk that up to the time lag that happens as a result of any paradigm shift that exists in society. Consistent focus on the benefits of remaining faithful to one's core will affect change (at least that's what keeps me going). Excellence, transparency and effort yield results.

2 years, 9 months ago on #WomenWednesday Women Aren't Mean Enough To Win

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I think that from now on, instead of signing off each day from The Twitter with a link to a poem, I will henceforth say, "I do not envy you the headache you will have when you awake. But for now, rest well and dream of large women."

2 years, 9 months ago on Some Social Media Observations Via Princess Bride

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@BruceSallan@DaddybyDefault BTW, I sang The Christmas Song from Nat King Cole's album along with a cabbie in Washington DC, right around Federal Triangle one December in 2007. It was fun! :D

2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Beloved Christmas Songs

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@BruceSallan Boy, I dunno! I'd be hard-pressed to name anyone. :)

2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Beloved Christmas Songs

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At our house, we keep the Charlie Brown Christmas album on a loop! :) Great list - I learned about a couple new ones. :) Merry Christmas!

2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Beloved Christmas Songs

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Hi @writingrenee! Saw ur comment on @MargieClayman's post. Two folks who don't follow each other but should? @PencilsOfPromis & @pencilscom #intro

2 years, 11 months ago on 50 Twitter Accounts dedicated to social good

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Holy wow! Many thanks for the inclusion, Margie. I would also add @greatergoodis, based in Eagle, ID. This nonprofit has as is motto 'invest in the street;' their initiative is to re-invest 10% of assets currently on Wall Street into our streets (http://www.centerforthegreatergood.com/).

Again, it is an honor to be included in this list. My best, M.

2 years, 11 months ago on 50 Twitter Accounts dedicated to social good

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Agree totally with this post. It frustrates me to some extent that "authenticity" has been used into the ground, because it describes Connie to a "T." Authenticity is when your values, your efforts and your personality align. That's Connie.

She is the real deal and walks her talk. I am pleased to have met her acquaintance.

2 years, 11 months ago on What Connie Burke Can Teach Anyone About Living Your Brand

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What an amazing list! I, too, would consider myself lucky to have met many of these folks in person and consider them friends, mentors and teachers.

I would add @ShannonDowney to the list. Her perspective on business and green/sustainable endeavors puts her at the fore of women who make a difference.

+Debba Haupert is also a wonderful suggestion. The work she does through Girlfriendology reaches many and is a consistent source of inspiration and information.

Thanks so much for the heads up, @margieclayman (and @dougricesmbiz, you are very kind. Thank you). :)

3 years ago on 12 Most Leaderific Women In Social Media

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This is brilliant! I loved Data for all the reasons you listed, but also because he allowed us to see ourselves from the third person perspective. I'm using a ST:TNG episode in a blogpost this week, but it focuses on Picard. What a great series. Thanks so much for your post! Best, M.

3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Memorable Social Media Lessons from Data the Android

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Fascinating. More than a little depressing. That being said, "a word to the wise is sufficient." Perhaps understanding this propensity can give leaders the tools to counteract the occasions when they may be in a "late in the day" situation by default.

This is going to sound like a completely crazy analogy, but when I am fatigued or distracted, I ALWAYS think of the legendary Michael Jordan and "The Flu Game." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_NBA_Finals

Talk about a clutch player. It brings me to center. It makes me think about what I'm doing; what's at stake and who I can help by focusing. Your blog post adds to that, BTW. Now that I know that others can be hurt by my lack of attention to details because it's possible that I'm just sick and tired of deciding, I'll dig a little deeper and hang in there.

Thanks, Coach. :)

3 years, 1 month ago on The Best Time to Ask Your Boss for a Raise

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Addiction is such a harsh term. I prefer 'overriding, insistent, consuming preference.' ;)

3 years, 4 months ago on 12 Most Obvious Signs You’re Addicted to Social Media

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The overriding factor that's missing among all the 12 Most offenders is lack of awareness and common courtesy. Wouldn't it be neat if all airlines could print a helpful list for infrequent flyers on their boarding pass envelopes. The seasoned travelers could ignore it, but for those who would benefit from seeing it, the list would help make the travel experience a lot more efficient and less stressful!

3 years, 4 months ago on 12 Most Annoying Airline Passenger Personalities

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@deleted_91832_Sean McGinnis @LisaPetrilli Awww... you guys! You should see this grin. :)

3 years, 4 months ago on 12 Most Powerful Recommendations for Introverts in Business

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I loved #7 because I've seen it in action. I know I've referred to this previously, but I'll never forget the Give Back Session for SOBCon10. A group of about 8 people were gathered around a table, energetically brainstorming for the best ideas to help the four nonprofits selected for the day's events. While most of us were practically vibrating with ideas, gesticulating like cheerleaders, you were quietly observing. At a crucial moment, you put forth your summation and introduced a few concepts that incorporated the voices of those around the table.

Bam. No fuss, just results.

I was so impressed, Lisa ( @LisaPetrilli ). Still waters do indeed run deep. You are proof positive that leaders don't have to be (and aren't necessarily) extroverts.

3 years, 4 months ago on 12 Most Powerful Recommendations for Introverts in Business

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I think that what we divulge attracts what we seek, even if only on a subliminal level. Periodically, I'll review followers/following counts and see if the cross section is in line with what I've identified as my goals.

We become what we surround ourselves with. Therefore, if I'm sending out a frequency/message that may not align with what I've said I want, I need to do some internal work. Why don't they "match"? What is it I truly wish to achieve?

The beauty of social media is that it's a stream of evolution and the people I interact with via the various platforms help me to develop (and I hope that I am able to positively affect others as well). Some stay with me; some move on.

I would agree with your friend that people bring their autobiography with them to conversations. It's only logical that they are a sum total of their experiences, and the means by which they communicate is also a clue as to how they got there and where they're going.

Thanks for taking the time to jot down this post. Best, M.

4 years ago on Balancing Your Autobiography

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