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 perfect 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!
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“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” – Unknown
This is a great quote. I saw it on Pinterest and pinned it to my “Words to Live By” Board. It’s a great quote but I don’t think about it in terms of reading and chapters. To me, it’s about thinking forward or thinking backward. Are you a backward thinker or a forward thinker? Re-reading the last chapter is focusing on the past and the mistakes you’ve made. Stop that! You can stay stuck in the past or more on. You can’t change the past so the choice is clear … or it should be. Be a forward thinker. What are your GOALS, not your MISTAKES? Where do you want to be in the future? How do you get there? Make a plan. Focus on that. Start the next chapter.
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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.”
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 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!!
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Footnote – I found the Oprah Winfrey quote from an Inc. Magazine article, 15 Inspiring Quotes on Passion (Get Back to What You Love) .
“Be one who nurtures and builds. Be one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart … who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.”
– Marvin J. Ashton
“There are three important underpinnings of integrity; authenticity and honesty, delivering on ones commitments, and refusing to violate the trust others have extended to us.”
— From the book, ‘The Power of Professionalism’ by Bill Wiersma
This is another favorite quote of mine. There are more cool quotes in Bill Wiersma‘s book – Power of Professionalism : The Seven Mind-Sets That Drive Performance and Build Trust.
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