The Golden Key: Personal & Professional Development by Bonnie Ross-Parker

The Golden Key: Personal & Professional Development

More than 2 decades ago I had the never to forget the experience of hearing Les Brown live. I was one of the thousands in an auditorium and honestly thought he was speaking directly to me! It was the first time I had attended that kind of venue as most of my arena experiences were sports or concert related.

I came home late that afternoon and made a commitment that I would engage in learning. My college degree(s) and franchise training didn’t nearly prepare me for the kind of ‘life-changing’ activities that had the potential to increase my confidence and competence. I was hooked. Since that time, I’ve never looked back except with total gratitude that Les had the influence he did to make me a better, more well-rounded and successful person – both personally and professionally.

In ‘those days’ (don’t you love it when our elders refer to ‘back in the days’), one primarily learned from books and seminars. Online classes, videos, blogging, websites, virtual experiences, social media interaction, etc. simply didn’t exist. Today, it’s both empowering & overwhelming the resources that are available off and online. We can engage in so many ways, as often as one chooses, efficiently and affordable.

That being said, the question becomes, where are you on the road to increasing your knowledge, value and contribution(s) to individuals and in the marketplace?

Are you increasing your understanding, expanding your skills and making a more significant impact by applying new insights and information? Teachers and trainers exist because they have a strong desire to teach, to lead and to help others improve their quality of life.

For any intention, including learning new skills,  to become a reality,  it has to be launched into orbit. To get ahead you have to get started by applying knowledge. While the majority of people have ideas; only a minority do something about them. Thinking about what you want to do or hoping something will happen, gets you nowhere.

If you don’t make things happen, things will happen to you anyway -without your consent.

What have you intended to follow through on? What have you told yourself you were going to do but neglected to implement? What keeps you from moving forward? Every action is a step that will increase your strength, your skill, and your confidence.

                Getting started has its own reward; action energizes. It strengthens one’s resolve to do more.  Putting your thoughts into action requires focus and determination. Begin where you are and go where you want to be. Implement a plan and get started. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Do what you’d rather not do to prepare for what you want. Choose performance over promise; choose action over intention.  Always be willing to teach what you’ve learned and to learn from the experiences of others! and

Personal and Professional… Bonnie Ross

Bonnie Ross-Parker

Bonnie Ross-Parker

In August of 2002, Bonnie created Xperience Connections™, a program supporting professional women nationwide. After having over 4,000 women in her home and reaching thousands of women nationwide, XC continues its growth. The mission of Xperience Connections is to encourage and facilitate the growth, performance and integrity of professional women by creating opportunities to foster relationships through a creative exchange of information and referrals.
Bonnie is the author of several books including Walk In My Boots: The Joy of Connecting, shifting your consciousness to share yourself with others:Y.O.U. ~ Set A High Standard for Being Human showing how our journey impacts others and the journey of others impacts our own.
She is also a contributing author to What We Talk About When We’re Over Sixty by Sherri Davis and Linda Hughes and Atlanta’s Real Women by Linda Hughes and Christine Martinello and several others where she describes how a mother copes with the loss of a child.
Her most recent book, Discovery and Recovery: A Shared Journey chronicles her 8-month challenge with Breast Cancer taking the reader through the entire process from diagnoses thru chemo, surgery, radiation and recovery. It is available on-line at no charge.
Bonnie has received numerous awards.Among them, the Athena International Award Program, the Toastmaster’s International Communication and Leadership Award, and she was also recognized as a Georgia Woman of Influence by The Woman’s Leadership Exchange of New York.
In May, 2010, Bonnie was recognized as a distinguished business woman – part of the Princess Diana Tour/Atlanta. In November, 2014 Bonnie was acknowledged by North Point Magazine (Atlanta) as being 1 of 11 recipients to be featured in their cover story: “Savvy & Successful – Our Annual Tribute to Local Inspiring Women”
In December, 2014, The Atlanta Business & Entertainment Exchange presented her with the Leadership Award with the inscription: “Thank you for your commitment and dedication to the Atlanta Community”. In October 2016 Bonnie received The Legacy Award at The Living Legacy Summit of Atlanta for being an advocate for female professionals and entrepreneurs. The following month, WE Rock Organization honored her with The Pioneer Award also for her unwavering support of women in business.
While she has faced and overcome many challenges, Bonnie Ross-Parker has never lost her focus and enthusiasm for life. She believes that the possibilities are endless for those who value and nurture relationships.
Bonnie is a working example of what is possible when we focus, take action and chart our own course.She has spent her entire life encouraging women to do just that. She continues to be a tireless mentor of women helping them to maximize collaborative vs. competitive relationships.
Bonnie Ross-Parker


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