Are You A Catalyst?

It’s always best to be someone who makes good things happen. This creates energy, activity, good will and ultimately results and success.

So, are you a catalyst?
A catalyst is a “person whose talk, enthusiasm, or energy causes others to be more friendly, enthusiastic, or energetic or  that precipitates an event or change”? Someone that can do that today has high brand value and assets. is the leading non-profit engaged in building inclusive workplaces and advancing women and business. Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for the advancement of women in business. Their work is rooted in their global research. They study the progress of women globally in leadership, diversity, talent management, entrepreneurship and work-life issues.

Catalyst’s ideas, findings and research can be applied to anyone. They study people who move, shape and shake things that positively influences others. Many are examples of ordinary people who do extraordinary things like the CNN Heroes or the Time 100 people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world.

Here are the 6 things that they have in common and do that make them catalysts and influential that you can do too!

Ignite Passion
There is now a global event, organized by volunteers, where participants are given five minutes to speak about their ideas and personal or professional passions. Five minutes to move others and ignite others to follow their passions!  What are yours? Discover them, live them, share them more!

Inspire Others
Share your experiences, triumphs, challenges, successes and failures with others who may be going through difficult things. We need to know that we are not alone, unique and hopeless. is a wonderful example of how young people can inspire each other to be happier.

Innovate New Ideas, Things
Every year several websites honor people and companies who create, design and invent new things! People with crazy ideas, brilliant ideas, wacky ideas and smart ideas to make our lives easier, better and more fun. If you have some, share them, develop them, apply them and watch what can happen! Check in to see most brilliant companies, Top 100 Small Business Champions 2012, Innovation Awards for 2012.

Interact With Others
Ramp up your networking and get more personal with people, both in-person and on-line. Interact with more people about what you are doing, believe in and show more interest in what they are doing. Use MORE social media. Pick two that you are comfortable with and enjoy and master them, then add others. Build your reach and impact through more personalized social interaction and valuable content.

Infuse Emotion
Infuse is a verb, an action word that describes how we can affect, instill, pervade someone or something, as in good will, good humor, good confidence. Our words and actions do this. How we serve and help others, random acts of kindness, giving back, paying forward all allow us to infuse. Kindness is the most powerful noun in the dictionary!

Inform and Educate
The most transformative tool in the world is education. Provide good, solid information and resources that inform and educate people, and help them learn. It doesn’t matter what your niche or specialty is, there is always someone that can benefit from it. Blog more, speak more, podcast more.

We all want to make more things happen in our lives. It begins with me and continues with we.

Be it, live it, do it, love it.




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