“Everyone is the architect of their own future. “
The quote above is on a label sewn into the white shorts I am wearing today. They came that way and I didn’t notice the label until I wore them the first time. How perfect!
Today was Grand Old Days, which is a traditional event in St. Paul, and I walked over there from my house which is about 6 blocks from Grand. It attracts 10’s of thousands of people so you can’t really park any closer, so walking is the best option. This year is the 35th years so as you can imagine it has become a big deal. I think 4 miles of Grand Avenue is blocked off so people can walk in the streets and believe me it is four miles of wall to wall people. A humongous throng of people!
Grand Old Days starts with a parade and that goes for about a mile. I got to Grand half way through the parade so I got to see some of the floats and hear a couple of marching bands. I was surrounded by kids and though I was tempted, I let them scurry into the street to pick up the candy that was thrown.
Life really is a parade of interesting people when it comes down to it:
I think I walked up and down a mile and a half of Grand so about 3 miles and it was fun to be a part of the parade of people, taking pictures along the way with my cell phone.
I was inspired by the Piano’s on Parade and this one made me want to go out and buy and up right piano myself just for the fun of painting it:
About Piano’s On Parade:
Get a preview of pianos transformed by
local artists that will be placed throughout
St. Paul neighborhoods this summer
for the community to enjoy!
Oh..oh…I might just have to make a phone call!
Besides going there to be in the experience, I was prepared to do some Blitzing. Blitzing is the It Works word for passing out informational post cards to get people interested in our Ultimate Body Applicator. Blitzing requires that you just walk up to someone and hand them the information about your business. I don’t like to do this activity by myself so I was stretching the envelope. There were thousands of people to blitz so it was a mecca for me…kind of. I don’t enjoy going up to strangers and asking them if they want to know about my business because it feels too pushy to me. I don’t have a problem talking about my business in places where it is in context like expos or networking events because it is expected. I would rather share out of a connection of some kind, such as a conversation.
I had my It Works t-shirt on so I was already a walking advertisement. I approached two young women and asked if they would like a coupon and got a hand in my face and a “no”. I immediately made an executive decision. I wasn’t going to hand out Blitz cards in massive amounts just to get them out there because there was a high probability they would get tossed in the next trash can.
I decided only to hand out them to someone I was in conversation with, which meant I had to get into conversation with some strangers. I ended up have a number of conversations that resulting in my giving my blitz card to someone. I engaged with each of them about something completely separate from It Works. I talked to a woman about childcare for my grandson and she took a handful of Blitz cards to put in the staff room. I talked to two women, while I was having a salad at a picnic table, about not being so available to guys and about being yourself and letting the men come to you, instead of chasing after them We talked about buy jewelry after one of the women admired my necklace. They each took a blitz card and one might come to my open house wrap party. I talked to a woman who was selling her boyfriends amazing Native American drawings. We got into a conversation about health and it opened the door to me telling her about the business.
I bought this necklace from an artist and shared the information about It Works with her after I made the purchase.
I feel like each of these connections have much more potential for creating a connection than handing a random stranger a card that might get thrown out. I feel like I expanded myself by doing it this way.
Life really is just a parade, it is meant to be fun and if we don’t take it too seriously it can bring us suprises like this one…I found another four-leaf clover as I was leaving the house.