"Do something for someone else."
I was raised by an amazing mom who always encouraged spontaneous good deeds. Small ways of helping others by thinking beyond yourself. She planted this good deed seed with all of us at a very young age. Throughout my life, I've heard the whisper of those words countless times: do something for someone else. It's how the idea of Paint it Forward came to me three years ago.
I'm also a huge fan of Simon Sinek. Over the past year, I've taken on several projects based on a question he posed during his 99% Conference Speech -- watch the whole 30 minute video (below), but for this portion Que up minute 18:49. Sinek asks, "What are you doing to help the person next to you?"
Simon, my mom and I share a common belief that personal growth is even more profound and fulfilling when you build communities and relationships based on good will, expecting nothing in return.
I'm a firm believer that big ideas or big moves start with crazy dreams. I think this is why I love working with startups and small business owners so much. That's where the magic is. Most entrepreneurs start with an idea to fulfill a need that isn't being met the way they want it to be.
They dream of doing something.
Bigger. Better. More meaningful. Innovative.
Enter Jaime Lyon. Jaime is my sister's best friend and I've known her since I was a kid. If you've had the pleasure of talking to Jaime, you know how amazing her energy is. It's infectious. Jaime is someone who supported and encouraged my nerdy-artistic side when I was an awkward, tomboyish kid. She made me feel normal. Better than normal...accepted. She knew I was different and took interest. My earliest memories of her include small acts of kindness, encouragement and wickedly awesome support. When you're young, you don't realize just how lucky you are to have someone like Jaime in your life.
Recently, Jaime made a career change. After more than 12 years in the advertising business she decided to refocus and do something she's always wanted to do. In her words, "I want to motivate our youth to be confident, kind, positive and strong communicators. If you feel good you do good!"
How great is that? Jaime is an artist and motivational speaker. She paints colorful, imaginative, original artwork for kids rooms, and she has amazing inspirational workshops in store for teens. You can learn more about her on LinkedIn or visit her shop at etsy.com/shop/JaimeLyonArt.
I'm always honored to spend time with Jaime. We learn from each other and our conversations seem to get better and better. Collaborating together, we were able to translate her vision into branding material. In retrospect, to #paintitforward in this way is the very least I can do for someone who truly helped shape my inner artist from such an early age. I can't wait to see what's next for Jaime.