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10 Examples of How Highly Admired Entrepreneurs Show Empathy

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You secretly envy celebrity entrepreneurs. Their prosperity is as inspiring as how they became wildly popular. There’s one extraordinary trait among these entrepreneurs who serve massive audiences, elevating their empathy gift.

Empathy benefits for high achievers come from careful reflections. Examples of their empathetic nature reveal insights YOU can copy. Insights that bond you closer with your audience.

Here are 10 benefits and insights of admired, empathetic entrepreneurs:

1. Earning loyal fans through vulnerability

The ‘Bufferoos’ of Buffer openly communicate they value and care about their staff and audience.  

Tuning into his empathetic mindset, co-founder Joel Gascoigne knows fans appreciate vulnerably disclosing business mistakes. They empathize with the team’s painful loss.

The mistakes we make don’t just affect product features. They affect people’s lives. No amount of optimism could prepare Buffer when we had to tell 10 talented teammates their journey with us was over.” – Joel Gascoigne

2. Creating virtual interactive experiences from reciprocal comments

Either Jon Morrow or his Smart Blogger’s guests hang out in the blog comments on publishing day. Jon and his team are empathetic pros at offering what their audience wants. In exchange for loyalty, blog fans receive personal replies, free advice, recognition, and blog topic input. Loyal fans eagerly await their weekly virtual conversations.

3. Considering online visitors’ point of view

Brian Carroll, Founder of B2B Lead Blog stresses that new customers and website visitors want to be treated as people –not as leads, email addresses, traffic, or conversions. Brian’s empathetic advice for content access considers online visitors’ point of view.

Use your empathy and put yourself in your customer’s shoes. People use the web and social media for research; they’re looking for fresh ideas, insight, and actionable information. That’s why you shouldn’t put your best thinking behind web forms and registrations pages.” – Brian Carroll.

4. Mastering attention-grabbing among a sea of choice

The head of I Will Teach You to be Rich, Ramit Sethi writes email subject lines by tapping into his empathetic ability. He understands what subjects evoke his readers’ emotions and curiosity. Later, readers are tempted to respond to Ramit’s thought-provoking questions.

Would YOU reply to these? Subject: “What I believe but cannot say” Email closure: “P.S. Just for fun: What do YOU believe that you cannot say? Hi reply and tell me. I’ll keep it anonymous if you want me to.” Ramit Sethi

5. Adding fireworks to empathy

Marie Forleo combines her contagious personality and empathetic charm. Drawing upon her contagious audience connection –Marie shares tough, heartfelt advice for motivating her audience. “Test your ideas in private so you don’t publically announce every time you’re going to try something new.” Marie Forleo

6. Fully revealing discoveries at no cost

Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income reveals his proven results without charging his audience. Communicating openly –from income reports to business processes is what empathetic Pat knows his audience loves. He speaks from his inner self when sharing opinions and advice.

RAOK = random acts of kindness. You should do something to acknowledge that a reader or viewer did a RAOC for you. Perform your own ROACK. Randomly reply to a comment by reading it out and sharing with your viewers or readers.” – Pat Flynn

7. Matching your audience’s reality and perspective

Jill Smokler with Scary Mommy understands and lives her mom readers’ reality. Readers crave the relatable blog topics. They resonate with the emotional tone. Scary Mommy’s empathetic perspective unites their readers. It matches what they believe and value: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect to be ideal. “All of the parties I didn’t get invited to as a kid came flooding back.” Jill Smokler

8. Enhancing what’s most appealing for your audience

Joel Brown with Addicted2Success understands what empowers and inspires his ambitious audience. He shares inspirational wisdom through his success secrets, along with discoveries from interviewing wildly prosperous people. Joel’s empathetic talent keeps viewers coming back. They’re treated to watching Joel discuss prosperity habits surrounded by breath-taking, exotic scenery. 7 million dollar habits Joel reveals from super high achievers…

First thing in the morning knock out high, heavy tasks as your willpower is high. Daily exercise heightens activity in your prefrontal cortex. This part of your brain is used for making executive decisions.  Visualization helps your goal setting direction.” – Joel Brown

9. Turning emails into privileged conversations

Chris Brogan personally and promptly replies to hundreds of weekly emails from his exclusive tribe. Reading these responses heightens Chris’ empathetic view. By drawing attention to tribe members’ updates and accomplishments –Chris unites his members.

Believe it or not, just by electing to receive this letter, I consider you part of my monchu. I’m lucky to have you in this one family.” Chris Brogan

10. Impacting people’s lives through trust

Larry Page of Google relies on his empathetic character for prioritizing users’ high privacy values.

Approval for beneficial access should respect people’s informed privacy rights. Trusting beneficial privacy requests could have life-altering results, i.e. exclusive medical treatment.

And when someone accesses your medical record, a research doctor, you could see which doctor accessed it and why. You could maybe learn about what conditions you have. I think if we just did that, we’d save 100,000 lives this year.” – Larry Page

Marketing has evolved since these empathetic entrepreneur celebrities were becoming affluent. There are substantially more options for customers. While mapping out your entrepreneur success journey, put on your empathy glasses.

Elevating your empathy gift deepens the human connection with your audience and customers. This connection strengthens trust for bonding with you. Contemplate the insights how celebrity empathetic entrepreneurs bonded with their audience.

Which insight will accelerate your success journey? Leave your comments below!

Keri Vandongen, R. SLP, has a dual focus for online communication and empathy marketing. She guides entrepreneurs from tuning into audience insights to earning continuous loyal customers. You’re welcome to connect with Keri through her website www.earnloyalcustomers.com.

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While reflecting on the magnificent life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I began to uncover what truly made Dr. King such a powerful leader. Many revere him for the change he brought forth so it’s no wonder that he was heavily influenced by the man who said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. He embodied that statement on the deepest level and lead people through one of the most challenging yet historic times in our nation. 

But what was it that made Dr. King’s movement so different than the rest? A quality that transcends ego and unites a people so divided? 

My greatest and most moving discovery while studying the life of Dr. King was the very answer to our question. 

Yes, he had the personality to be a leader, yes he had the bravery to use his voice, yes he evoked REAL change in government and policies, but the manifestation of all those comes from his willingness to lead a movement truly rooted in consciousness. 

A peaceful approach

Dr. King was continuously met with frustration, hate, and even violence by both law enforcement and those who wanted to fight for equality through violence. But the more violent things became, the more he dug his heels into a peaceful approach. Dr. King’s unwavering faith in the power to lead with peace and not violence is undoubtedly why his legacy is such a pillar of our nation still to this day. It is easier to fight.

Hate, anger and separateness from one another are primitive emotions on the emotional scale of well being but It takes awareness, understanding and elevated consciousness to move from a place of peace and understanding. Dr. King knew that we all have access to these states of higher consciousness and that our true power lies in a peaceful approach.

He is an example of the truest essence of our consciousness in this human experience. How to truly love your neighbor as yourself. 

Conscious compassion

Even the strongest opponents are human. Meet hate with love + compassion for the enemy” he said. It wasn’t his resistance to violence that made him a peacemaker, but rather his commitment to keeping compassion and connection to all humanity at the forefront of his movement. A profound understanding that underneath all the hate, violence and discrimination, we are all one. We all come from the same source and we are all human.

A conscious king

A man of his position, his power, his following could have been easily swayed by the human temptations of the ego. But he remained steadfast in his cause to bring forth real change. He understood on the deepest level that we are truly a stronger force in the universe when we move as one unit, with one mind, and one goal. That the separation from one another is the weakness of humanity. That our strength is in those things that unite us all, the qualities that give us life.

His success was in uniting not just the people of America but the consciousness of America.

No matter our gender, or our social class or our color, we all love, and we all seek peace. We all feel joy and happiness, we all want to be met with compassion and understanding. 

His cause went far beyond the need for physical freedom and equal rights. His cause was for freedom of mind, freedom of heart, freedom to be one. 

Lead with love

In his last speech he said, “I may not get there with you, but we AS A PEOPLE will get to the promise land”. And we will. At some point, we will inevitably come back to this oneness that we all come from.

The truth is? We don’t know when our last day is. Our last march. Our last speech. So this Martin Luther King Jr. Day I ask you, what will your legacy be? Are you leading a life founded in the principles of Dr. King’s movement, founded in the higher consciousness of humanity? Every moment is an opportunity to love, to show compassion, to bring forth peace and in the words of Dr. King “The time is always right to do what is right”.

Dr. King said, “I’m here to remind you, we’ve come a longggg way, but there is still work to be done”. 

And I’m here to remind you this Martin Luther King Jr. day in 2024 that we HAVE come a longggg way, but there is still work to be done. 

His fight is our fight. His mind is our mind. His spirit is our spirit. Rooted in the consciousness of all humanity. We are all one. And when we embrace the understanding of that, we will truly say

“Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank God Almighty, We are Free at Last”.

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