Be connected

For the past 3 years I’ve been signing off messages with the phrase: “Be connected”.

Sure it’s great advice and has significant meaning to me, but does it really matter to anyone else? I think so. Here’s why.

To be connected is to be dialed into to the many aspects of life. It’s not just that because you have a message from me I want you and I to feel a connection. It’s deeper. Much deeper. It’s about awareness.

There are so many things to which we can (and some of them should) be connected.  During TEDx Detroit 2009 I delivered a presentation entitled “6 Degrees of Connectedness” where I pontificated that not only does 6 degrees of separation look at things backwards, but that there are 6 areas of life to which we need be connected. Those 6 areas are:

Self- This is the part that focuses on knowing who you are

Others- This looks at the importance of relationships outside of ourselves

Planet- Simple, it’s the only one we have and we’d better keep taking better care of it

Technology- Without it, you wouldn’t be reading this or doing scads of other things you do every day

Universe- Understanding that you are the master of your universe is a key pillar to success

Bliss, although I think I may change this to purpose moving forward- Both of these look at the real reason of “Why YOU are here”

Each topic above has several subtopics included. The video will help lay it out. I have a bunch of audio clips on each sub topic that I promise to share, or transcribe or make into a book at some point.

What are you most connected to right now?

What do you want to be more connected to?

I look forward to hearing from you.

As always…

Be connected-


BWHOUR = Be Who You Are

So often we get caught up in being the person we believe other people expect us to be. There is nothing more important than living the life YOU were meant to live…from the core of your being. When you find out who you are, you can live life to its fullest. Why not start right now?

BWHOUR = Be Who You Are from Terry Bean on Vimeo.

What is your AQ?

Many of us can discuss our IQ at length. We know the score, we
understand what it measures and we may even remember the test we took.

Some of us are familiar with the the concept of EQ. Our emotional
quotient or emotional intelligence. This concept basically discusses
our ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to
discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s
thinking and actions.

This is all well and good, but I want to know about your AQ. What is
your Awareness Quotient?

Are you aware of your surroundings?
Do you notice even a small amount of the plethora of things that go on
around you at any given moment?
Can you dial yourself into the opportunities and signs that present
themselves to you all day long?

Raising your awareness is shockingly easy to do, yet very few people
practice this. It is a matter of making a conscious and concerted
effort to do so. Be in tune with the flow of your life. Realize that
your actions can and do have an impact on those around you. Just like
the actions of others have an impact on you.

Practice being in the moment in which you are.

If you are engaged in a conversation, be engaged. Listen. Listen
both intently and actively. Don’t worry about what you will say next.
If you are paying attention to what the other person is saying, the
words you need will come to you without much effort on your part.

If you are playing with your child, play like your child does. Your
appreciation of the time will be far greater as will your interaction.
It’s okay to have fun. Everybody is doing it.

Should you find yourself in nature, take some time to get really quiet
and listen to the sounds of it. How many birds can you hear chirping?
Do you hear crickets or other insects? Is there water moving nearby?
How far off is that semi rolling down the road (special note, if it
is coming right for you, you will need to get out of the way and
realize you really aren’t in nature at the moment).

If you are writing, let the words move from your head to the keyboard.
If you are truly in the moment, they will flow to your fingers as
fast as you can type.

Realize that there are no ordinary moments. There is never nothing
going on. Love the moments you live and you will live the moments you

Be aware-

Terry Bean