Why “Wheel Life Thinking”?

Wheel of Life Chart (without titles)

This is a sample of a Wheel of Life chart without the titles.

     I worked for Marriott International for over 23 years. From time to time, I went to a training seminar given by the HR Department. One seminar I attended introduced me to the concept of a “Wheel of Life“. I LOVED IT! The seminar was over 15 years ago but I remember it like it happened yesterday.

     What is the “Wheel of Life“? In short, it’s life balance. It’s all the areas of your life that contribute to your happiness and well-being. The theory is simple. You have contentment when these areas are in balance or going well. You have sleepless nights, headaches and misery when the wheel is out of balance.

     So what makes up the wheel? There are several systems out there. Zig Ziglar’s wheel has the following parts:

  1. Career
  2. Financial
  3. Spiritual
  4. Physical
  5. Intellectual
  6. Family

     I found another wheel by Brendon Baker. From the website, “The Start of Happiness“, he has these parts on his wheel:

  1. Physical Environment
  2. Business / Career
  3. Finances
  4. Health
  5. Family and Friends
  6. Romance
  7. Personal Growth
  8. Fun and Recreation

     I’ll show one more example. One that’s a little different. On the website, “Mind Tools“, the wheel has this set of parts:

  1. Partner
  2. Mother/Father
  3. Manager
  4. Colleague
  5. Team Member
  6. Sports Player
  7. Community Leader
  8. Friend
  9. Career/Work
  10. Health

     As I said, there are a lot of systems out there and a lot of wheels. I love the concept of life balance and the constant battle to keep it in balance. I decided to blog about it. My online journal of the ideas and information I learn about each part of the wheel. Most people fail at the balance thing. I figure the more information I have, the better my chances at contentment. Why not share as I take the journey.

     I almost forgot to answer my own question. Why call the blog “Wheel Life Thinking”? Well, Wheel of Life is being used by a lot of people. I thought I’d be a little different. I’ll tell you the wheel I came up with in my next post.

Thank you for reading the Wheel Life Thinking Blog!!

Brent Jackson

It’s Not the Kite, It’s the Air

I love the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams! I can’t help dancing every time I hear it! I like it so much, I bought the song for my ipod and the video for my ipad. Once, the song came over the intercom while I was eating dinner with three friends in a restaurant. All four of us started dancing in our chairs. The song just makes you, well … happy.

I watched an interview with Pharrell Williams on CBS Sunday Morning. During the interview, Pharrell said something I’ve been thinking about alot. He was asked, “Are you afraid if you give yourself too much credit, it would all go away?”

Pharrell’s answer, “For sure. You see people spin out of control like that all the time. I mean, those are the most tragic stories, the most gifted people who start to believe it’s really all them. It’s not all you. It can’t be all you. Just like you need air to fly a kite, it’s not the kite. It’s the air.”

What a perfe??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????ct metaphor … “It’s not the kite, it’s the air.” Ego check. Happiness and success are rarely achieved alone. Each is achieved with the help, support and patience of the people around you. You should thank them for it from time to time.

I launched a business with a partner about three months ago. I can honestly said I’m happy and making progress toward success. Let me say to my wife, family, friends and business partner … THANK YOU!!! … for your help, support and bountiful patience! If I’m a kite … they’re the air. Thank you to my readers as well. If this blog is a kite, you’re the air!

Thanks for reading the Wheel Life Thinking Blog!

Brent Jackson

Why I’m Writing a Blog: Braggables, Passion and Love!

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I’m a fan of Tom Peters. He’s a world-class speaker and business consultant.  He’s considered an authority on management and organization effectiveness.  He wrote an article in Fast Company Magazine called, “The Brand Called You“. There’s a quote in the article that explains the term ‘braggables.’

“One key to growing your power is to recognize the simple fact that we now live in a project world. Almost all work today is organized into bite-sized packets called projects. A project-based world is ideal for growing your brand: projects exist around deliverables, they create measurables, and they leave you with braggables.”

– Tom Peters

Even in the short time I’ve been blogging, I find I’m working on a series of small research projects to create my posts.  I’m learning new skills and gaining knowledge in new areas during the process.  Most important, I’m gaining BRAGGABLES!

I’m surprised at people’s reaction when I say I’m blogging.  I get peppered with questions on how I create my content. It makes for great conversation at social and networking events. Plus, it looks good on a resume or an online profile. Reason 1 … Braggables!

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey said it better than I could have. When you have a passion for something, research becomes fun. (Believe it or not.) I like reading and listening to podcasts about subjects I enjoy. Now I get to write about those subjects as well. Energy is no problem when you’re writing about subjects you care about. Reason 2 … Passion!

I once had a co-worker who spent most of his time working from home. We had business calls and emails. However, I rarely saw him in the office. Something changed and I started seeing him every day. I asked him why he gave up working from home? His response … “I’m not getting the love!”

Now I know what you’re thinking … “That’s crazy! What love?” Funny thing is, I understood. He did excellent work. As a result, he got a great deal of positive feedback and compliments at the office. When working from home, all he received was generic call and emails. His compliment ratio dropped dramatically. No love. Clearly the compliments were important to him. He had to stop working from home to get them back.

Here’s another example. I once found a women on Yelp who has very funny reviews. Yelp has a system for giving feedback on a review. You can click ‘Useful’, ‘Funny’ or ‘Cool’ if you like the review. I clicked funny or cool for most of her reviews as I read them. A couple days later, I got a reply from her. All she said was, “Thanks for all the love!”

With these examples in mind, I get ‘love‘ when I blog! It’s very cool to get emails or text messages letting me know someone likes what I post. Reason 3 … Love!

There is a fourth reason I didn’t include in the title … money! I’m not getting that benefit but I know bloggers that do. If I get added to that list someday … yay!!

Thanks for reading my blog!

Brent Jackson

Footnote – I found the Oprah Winfrey quote from an Inc. Magazine article, 15 Inspiring Quotes on Passion (Get Back to What You Love) .

Me and My Blogs!

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.

Thomas J. Watson


This is a great quote! When it comes to me and blogging, it applies. This is my seventh blog and my second time on WordPress. My first blog was on WordPress. After a few posts I deleted it. Looking back, I wasn’t ready to blog yet. I had too much fear and not enough ideas to write about. That was me five years ago, scared and boring!

My next five blogs are all on Tumblr. I still post to three of the blogs. I had to focus. There’s only so much time for posting. The other blogs I post to are:

  • Life’s Crazy Journey – A curation blog of things I find interesting on Tumblr.
  • New Coffee Shop Adventures – A curation blog of stuff about coffee. I want to own a coffee shop some day. This is my way of having some fun before I do.
  • Bucket List Collection – This is a bucket list or “before I die” blog. I’m accumulating “Visit”, “Go to” and “Keep calm” posts for all the countries and territories on the planet. People can use them to create their own bucket or “before I die” travel lists.
  • Pinterest Profile – This is not a blog but I like pinning stuff on Pinterest.

The two blogs I stopped posting to are Nonprofit Board Talk and Small Business Social Media. I’m still passionate about both subjects. As I said, I had to focus.

I’m glad I like blogging ’cause this is a lot of work!

Thanks for reading! Please post any questions or feedback.

Brent Jackson