About LORI TAYLOR
Lori R Taylor believes in emboldening others to give voice and energy to their game-changing ideas. This commitment to always playing by her heart is probably why she made the list at as a top 50 Social Media Power Influencer.
She credits her social media savvy being born in part from her accomplished 20 year direct response marketing career. For Disabled American Veterans alone, Lori created campaigns over the last 17 years that have raised almost 3 billion dollars.
Lori’s belief that you always give what you can with no expectation to receive ensures she over delivers to her networks. This attitude has catapulted her to the top of a very crowded space and given her status as one of the top influencers in her field. In fact, in 2011 Mari Smith, the pied piper of Facebook according to Fast Company, listed Lori as a Top 10 Social Media Superstar saying, “Lori Taylor – another bright light in the online world, Lori shares an abundance of helpful social media tips and resources and always has something positive to say.”
Lori was also recently named to the board of the prestigious California’s Women’s Conference, the largest women’s conference in the world. With past speakers such as Oprah, Michelle Obama, Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer, Lori is looking forward to being a featured speaker at the event in September 2012.
Lori has graced the stage with world renowned motivational speakers Les Brown, John Assaraf, Greg Reid, Gary Goldstein, Rhonda Britten, and Mari Smith. Lori cherishes these opportunities to inspire new and amazing audiences with her beliefs and teachings, showcasing her talent for easily connecting with any audience.
More than anything, Lori is beloved for her conversational approach and writing style. She’s always hopeful and honest, and respects that “why you should” do something comes before “how to” do it. Mari Smith perhaps described Lori best when she said “Another bright light in the online world, Lori shares an abundance of helpful social media tips and resources and always has something positive to say.”
Bio source: https://lorirtaylor.com/about-lori/
Lori: I don’t raise chickens, I raise eagles
Alan: That was Lori Taylor in our intro clip. She’s the founder of Rev Media Marketing and has been featured in Forbes for her expertise in building communities. We recently did an interview with Lori focusing on her professional expertise, if you want to watch the full interview you can find a link to it down in the show notes below. But right now I want to focus on an inspirational message that Lori gave us during that interview.
She said, “I raise Eagles, I don’t raise chickens…”
What she was referring to is actually a modern day parable known as the Chicken and the Eagle.
The story goes like this:
A farmer one day found an egg outside. Wondering if it would hatch, he put it under one of his hens that was sitting on a clutch of eggs.
After a number of days, all of the eggs began to hatch. The farmer was surprised to see that an eagle chick emerged from the egg that he had found.
The eagle chick was raise with all of the other chickens- It scratched for bugs, roosted with them at night and even remained flightless like all of it’s brothers and sisters. Everyone told him he was a chicken, so he had no reason not to believe it
One day the eagle saw a magnificent bird soaring in the sky and something within him awoke- a desire to be up there too. Despite this, the young eagle never learned to fly because he was told he was a chicken, raised as a chicken, and believed that he was one as well.
Believe in yourself. Believe in your dream. You know, if someone tells you can’t find a way that you can, or if someone tells you can’t ask them to give you an idea how they can and the most powerful thing I can tell you today. It’s not about changing who you are, or changing how you feel. It’s about accepting who you are, where you’re at, and accepting how you feel, and shifting into a more powerful choice. Because the things I’ve been teaching my kids, I raise eagles, I don’t raise chickens, I raise eagles, and I teach them every single emotion that you feel is a choice.
Alan: Ezra Taft Benson, prior President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said,
“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums.
The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.”
This teaching reminds me of the short 1969 film, Jonny Lingo.
Video Clip: Mahana you Ugly.
Alan: That was Mahana’s father.
He had told his daughter that so many times- that she believed it was true. The story of Jonny Lingo takes place long ago on a primitive Polynesian island. During this time period, when a young man wished to get married, he would have to pay a dowry in the form of cows to the family.
Mahana wore the weight of her father’s verbal abuse on her countenance. And the whole village often gossiped behind her back speaking of how hideous she was. Because she believed everything that was said about her, Mahana had an unkept appearance, would often avoid people and sulk in the shadows of her hut. Her father had given up hope that she would ever get married and was willing to pay a man- just to take his daughter off his hands.
One day things would begin to change for Mahana. A wealthy young man by the name of Jonny Lingo sought to marry Mahana. The villagers laughed when Mahana’s father told Jonny that the dowry price was 3 cows- (which happened to be the average price of a wife). However everyone was shocked when Jonny proposed to pay 8 cows. That was more than any dowry in the history of the island.
The couple was married and when off on their Honey moon- visiting many islands for several months. When they returned- Mahana was the most beautiful woman on the island- In fact Mahana’s father had even accused Jonny of cheating him saying that 8 cows was not enough for her.
When asked had happened to Mahana while they were gone Jonny said-
“It was the cows, think of what it must mean to a woman, her future husband meeting with her father to discuss the lowest price for which she can be bought. Later when the women of the village gather, they boast of what their husbands paid for them. How does she feel, the woman that is sold for 1 or 2 cows, this would not happen to my Mahana… I wanted her to be an 8 cow woman…
Many things can happen to make a woman beautiful. The thing that matters most is what she thinks of her self.”
Jonny had loved Mahana since she they were little. He understood what she could become and helped her grow into the person he saw her to be.
Lori has worked alongside Disabled American Veterans for years. She has first hand experience that happiness is not dictated to us by our circumstances in life. Just as Jonny helped Mahana to realize this truth, Lori is sharing the lesson with her children.
Lori: I teach them every single emotion that you feel is a choice. And there are people out there that will lose their arms and their legs and live in a wheelchair and find joy and find a way to give back. And there are people who don’t. But at the end of the day, it is a choice how you feel. And I just want people to choose joy and find a way to connect with the joy inside themselves and set themselves free.
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