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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“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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Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.– by Calvin Coolidge