Welcome to Wednesday!  Not sure where all of you live, however here in the Chicagoland area it’s going to be in the 80’s today.  It’s OCTOBER! OK I do remember that I live in a place where the weather can never remember where it lives!!

So let’s talk about letters, A, D, G, Z (ok not those specific letters) How about I C N U.  Go ahead read those again and think about how they sound!

When I was younger I took a job as a secretary and a great HR professional took me under her wing.  She saw in me something that I could not see in myself.  ICNU is an acronym I learned many years ago.  It essentially says that you see in someone else something that they don’t see in themselves.

When you look around you there are people who you have influence over. It could be a teen, young adult, co-worker, friend, etc.  What do you see in that person that they don’t see in themselves?  How can you help them see that for themselves.

Sometimes we just don’t see the value in ourselves that others may see! Yesterday I met a lady to pick up some Beyer horses for my daughter.  She was meeting an animal transport to drop animals off at local shelters.  These animals are from downstate shelters that are overflowing and need to be delivered to other shelters.  What is interesting is that these are the animals that someone else saw potential in.  That is why they are being brought up here.  They are simply being given a chance!

Who in your world needs a chance, who needs to have someone tell them they see something in them!  Now imagine this, your CEO, CFO, COO CTO (you get the idea) needs this as well.  People need to know that they have the potential for great things! But you can’t just say, you are great, you have to be specific.  Saying to someone I see potential in you to be really good with computers, animals, kids, whatever it is!!

Today find someone to invest in and tell them that you think they are great in a specific area and then go a step further and encourage them to look into serving in that area.

Final thing! Find someone to invest in yourself!  Figure out what you want to do and then be relentless in finding someone who can invest in you! And I don’t want to hear how old you are!!!

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