Seventy-Nine

79 Quality of life… that elusive little slice of heaven we’re all pining for. I’ve heard it said that taking the easy road gets progressively harder, while taking the hard road gets progressively easier. I’ve been finding this to be true in my own life. Enduring the varying quality of life levels during these journeys […]

Seventy-Eight

78 Core competencies. Any individual or organization that is not primarily focused on executing their core competencies is suffering significantly. Their effectiveness is compromised. Their productivity is diluted. We all need to be doing the stuff we’re best at doing, and little else, to maximize personal and professional growth. We need to do this for ourselves […]

Seventy-Seven

77 There’s lots of stuff out there on what leadership IS. Good stuff, but to truly understand sound matters, it’s also important to recognize contrasts. Here’s what leadership ISN’T: Leadership isn’t management. Leadership isn’t pretending you’re a leader. Leadership isn’t shirking your responsibilities. Leadership isn’t choosing to hide and coast. Leadership isn’t about doing the […]

Seventy-Six

76 Leave while you’re on top; quit while you’re ahead…? It can be sage advice, depending… You see and hear about this often from entertainers, actors, musicians, sports stars, and other high-profile types. But what about the average Joe’s? Does this apply to us? Is it ever justified to quit? To get out? To leave […]

Seventy-Five

75 Instructions: Enjoy the journey. Live in the Now. Reduce discontentment by choosing to be happy where you’re at, and with what you’ve got. It’s a choice that we all have to make daily perhaps… at least I do. Another big distinction for me is to manage my expectations. What I “expect” and what life frequently […]

Seventy-Four

74 We tend to get tunnel vision when we’re only thinking about ourselves. The big picture becomes impossible to see. Things eventually get real small and the pressure goes up. Ironically, it’s through service to others- the efforts that bring forth a greater good – the energy that positively affects others – that the self’s needs truly get […]

Seventy-Three

73 Sometimes it’s hard not to… Hard not to look at the faults of others. Hard not to be disappointed. Hard not to be negative. Hard not to get pissed off. Hard not to get down, and not look down on the upside. Sometimes it’s hard not to breakdown. Hard not to meltdown. Hard not to give up. Hard […]

Seventy-Two

72 You and I don’t know many things. For instance: You never know who may be watching you; silently observing you. You never know who may think you’re great. You never know who may think you’re a tool. You never know who you may be influencing positively or negatively. You never know who may be […]

Seventy-One

71 You shouldn’t need a fucking invite to be friendly and nice to others. << There’s irony right there… see it? Maybe I’m old fashioned. Maybe I took my mother’s expectation to treat people as I wish to be treated to heart. Maybe I believe in the value of others. Even others who have different views […]

Seventy

70 Does it matter? Does any of it really matter? I guess that depends on what IT is… IT is anything that you spend significant amounts of your time on. IT is anything that you invest significant amounts of energy on. IT is anything that you care about. IT is anything that you’re passionate about. […]