Amy Jo Martin is an entrepreneur who gave up her comfortable job to found Digital Royalty. Here is her story and her perspective on juggling work, family and self. What this blog is all about.
Her TED talk.
From Amy’s web which starts off with the same thing as her Ted talk:
Someone once told me it’s impossible to have a successful family life, personal life and career life. They said, “Work, family, self. Pick two, you can’t have all three”. Well, that inspired me to have all three and avoid compartmentalizing the important areas of life along the way. The purpose of this blog is to inspire others and share what inspires me. Due to my passion for sports, outdoor adventures, travel and technology, I’ll tend to post on those topics often. Also, I’m the Founder of Digital Royalty where I do things like this.
I am not a professional writer and tend to type like I talk so beware of grammatical errors and feel free to proof my posts. Here’s a little more about my “story” to date . . .http://www.amyjomartin.com/2010/nike-make-yourself/
Here are Amy’s recommendations for entrepreneurs:
As a rookie entrepreneur making daily mistakes and successes, I’ve discovered a few things that have played a role in how I’ve Made My (work in progress) Self.
Color outside the lines. There are countless ways to do things. Just because something has been done the same way for 100 years doesn’t mean it’s the way you should do it. You can change the rules. A person doesn’t have to cross the line in order to color outside the lines.
Learn to push your own buttons. Inspire yourself, everyone else is busy and they might forget to inspire you today. It’s a freeing feeling to be the source of your own inspiration. Whether that’s channeling someone else’s passion to give your spirits a lift or knowing exactly what it takes to spark your own flame. If you’re going to get good at something, it might as well be at perfecting how to make yourself tic. Practice daily.
Know the value and difference of working smarter and harder. You might not be able to out smart the situation/others but you can almost always out work them. The skill is learning the difference between the two and what is needed in a given situation. I can thank my Dad for teaching me this one.
Understand the value of time. Who you choose to spend your time with is just as important as what you spend your time doing. If you’re with the right people, nothing you do will be a waste of time.
Home isn’t a place, it’s a state of mind. I can feel at home when I’m sitting on a plane by myself traveling from one city to the next. Home is being comfortable with yourself at any given moment in any given place. It doesn’t matter where you are on the map as long as you’re content with where you’re going in life and who you’re with, even if it’s just yourself. The state of fear and home can’t coexist.
There’s a science to Happiness. Studies show, there are three types of happiness and you need all three. The more you study this topic and apply your learnings, the happier you’ll be. Practice daily.
Imagine if someone asked you how you Made Yourself. What would you say? What has inspired you on your journey? Thanks for reading my work in progress.
Amy Jo Martin founded Digital Royalty (http://www.thedigitalroyalty.com/) three years ago to help companies, celebrities, professional sports leagues, teams and athletes build, measure and monetize their digital universe. In addition, Digital Royalty provides customized social media education programs through Digital Royalty University, which offers a comprehensive curriculum blending strategic and tactical training.
Amy herself has nearly 1.3 million Twitter followers (@AmyJoMartin) and she travels the world to speak about the latest trends in social media, how to monetize various social platforms, and how to successfully build a personal brand by utilizing social media. Her audiences have varied from the Harvard Business School and National Sports Forum to the Design Leadership Summit in Venice, Italy.
article in El Confidencial en español.
link to Mashable video and article