ABOUT THE PEOPLE

No matter if you

produce

widgets,

paintings,

speeches,

policy,

code,

programs

sales,

the bottom line

is not

votes,

money,

likes,

shares,

or some other

easily quantifiable statistic.

 

CEOs,

politicians,

managers,

and most of us humans

forget.

 

Everything is about the people.

 

So,

bring out the best in your team.

Connect authentically with your customers and clients.

Seek to serve first and be served second.

Be brave in addressing anything that doesn’t

move everyone forward.

Honor people’s time.  

And when you muck it up,

face up

and fix it up.

 

Remember, it’s about the people. 

THE DAY IS HERE

Days,

months,

or

years ago

you

marked the date,

began making plans,

and let the anticipation begin.

 

Now, the day is here.

 

The interview,

the vacation,

the move,

the first day,

the wedding day,

has come.

 

Maybe your

mouth is a little dry,

heart rate a bit higher,

adrenaline is pumping,

awareness is completely awake.

 

This day will be unlike any other day.

 

And it’s exactly the same,

because today has never happened

before.  

 

And this is true,

Every. Single. Day.  

 

Make today THE day.

HUSTLE(D)

Entrepreneurs are told,

“It’s all about the hustle.”

 

Social media is filled with quotes

encouraging you

to hustle and grind.

There are coaches and seminars

whose frenetic sales pitch point you

toward the hustle lifestyle.

 

If you listen to these voices,

you could come to believe

hustle

is a new virtue,

part of a new

magic formula

for

success.

 

In the not so distant past,

there was no joy in

being hustled

and

someone who did

was called a

hustler.

 

Today, it seems hustle

has been completely

divorced

from those connotations

(or at least they have a

separation agreement).

 

Funny how things change.

 

Or are we all just being

hustled?

DAYS OF TRANSITION

Savor the days of transition:

birth,

toddling,

first/last day of school,

graduations,

anniversaries,

first/last day of a new job,

mondays,

tuesdays,

wednesdays,

thursdays,

fridays,

saturdays,

sundays.

 

Savor them.

 

They are signs of

beginnings,

possibilities,

and

opportunities.

 

Every. Single. Day.

ATTRACTIVE DANGERS

Sometimes the most attractive paths

hide the greatest dangers.

 

We all know someone

who got exactly what

they thought they wanted,

lost everything,

and to themselves

became a stranger.

 

But, to live life fully,

we cannot stand frozen

at the opening of paths which may be chosen.

 

We walk forward,

connected to

what

and

who

we value dearly,

venturing out even

when we cannot see

the outcome clearly.

 

And when we come through

with lessons learned,

we realize we became

ourselves

at every turn.