Entire books have been written about it. It’s often mentioned as one of the keys to happiness. Those who practice it swear it’s the foundation to living a fuller, more rewarding life.
“But I can’t think of anything to be grateful for. My life has been hard. I never got a break. Nobody ever offered me a helping hand. So when it comes to expressing my gratitude, I think I’ll pass.”
It’s not an uncommon response. We all have problems. And sometimes, it seems like life’s setbacks and difficulties are coming at us faster than we can handle them.
“Life is Difficult.” …
As a habitual podcast listener, I subscribe to about a dozen different shows. There’s one in particular — a show about success and personal performance — that I really enjoy.
The general subject material is the same, but the “new” shows are obviously derivative spin-offs of previous episodes.
When the podcast was first released, there was a lot of innovation and creativity in the content. But over time, the host’s unique voice and perspective began to change. With every new episode, it became obvious — he’d exhausted his originality.
I finally realized what I’d been suspecting for several weeks — the podcaster’s creative well had run dry. …
When I was about twelve, my family decided to visit the relatives living in a small town located in the great state of . . . well, it doesn’t matter. Let’s just say it’s one of the contiguous 48.
It was a pleasant little town, one of those out-of-the-way places that looked like it had sprung from the canvas of a Norman Rockwell painting. The storybook houses sat on deep, perfectly manicured yards, their long driveways sheltered by leafy canopies of oak and maple, while front porch swings buffered the illusion of Victorian propriety with down-home hospitality.
The downtown area was four blocks of shops arranged around a historic town square. Most of the quaint storefronts were filled with displays of merchandise and smartly-dressed mannequins. All around us, people moved about their business in a friendly, unhurried way, often taking the time to stop and chat about the weather or the daily special at the local diner. …
There are plenty of employees with several years of experience who are ready to move up and assume the responsibility of a mid-level manager.
But logistics, budgets, and re-organizations can often hamper a career path. A successful rise to a position of authority and responsibility can be anything but a straight line, and there are often times when an extended stay in an inferior position is necessary while waiting for internal circumstances, the economy, or expansion plans to present an opportunity to move up.
However, just because you don’t have the title or the official authority of a leader, it doesn’t mean you can’t assume the role. …
You’ve seen them.
Calm and collected, they rise from their chair and walk to the front of the room with an expression of absolute confidence. They take the mic, look out over the audience, and then . . .
The words just seem to flow.
Caught in the “dream job” trap?
If you’ve fallen prey to that constant feeling — and nagging certainty — there’s something better out there in the form of a job that’s a perfect match for your skills, personality, and financial goals, I may be able to help you refine your search.
There’s no other profession that requires its practitioners to be as client-centered and focused. Those who work in the industry are acutely aware of the importance of communicating and responding to clients, since this directly determines how well they are compensated.
Well, okay. Maybe real estate isn’t the only profession in which mastering the art of the schmooze can be the difference between professional success and failure. Politics comes close. But a lot of people don’t consider politics to be a profession — at least not an honorable one.
I obtained my first real estate license in 1979. I realize that was before a lot of you were born. On the up side, it means I’ve seen a lot of both good and bad agents enter and leave the business in lock-step to economic cycling and interest rates. …
Problems are an integral part of life. Solving them is a necessary part of living.
Thankfully, most problems are minor, originating from broken garbage disposals, faulty dishwashers, dead car batteries, and a host of other daily surprises that require our attention.
But what about the bigger issues — the real, unexpected, punch-in-the-gut setbacks that disrupt our normal life and push our blood pressure to DEFCON 1?
I’m talking about losing a job, going through a divorce, or trying to help a spouse or family member fight drug or alcohol addiction. …
“If only I could go with you,” Wendy sighed.
“You can’t go,” Peter said. “You’re too old. You’ve forgotten how to fly.”
“I am old, Peter. I am ever so much more than twenty. I grew up long ago.”
“You promised not to!”
“I couldn’t help it.”
When J.M. Barrie wrote the book, “Peter Pan” back in 1904, I doubt he had any idea his soon-to-be popular children’s story would also become a powerful metaphor about aging.
For me, it’s the last line in the conversation between Wendy and Peter that’s the most significant.
“I couldn’t help it.”
We change. Our bodies show the signs of time and the wear-and-tear of life. …
Seems a lot of folks are starting a side business.
Due to the pandemic, many are not working their usual eight-to-five, and they find themselves with time to convert their hobby or personal knowledge into a money-making operation. And yes, a lot of these folks are starting small, hoping their fledgling enterprise will grow to the point of replacing their day job.
Whether you’re pursuing a home business because you need the extra income, want to fund an investment or retirement account, or just need to scratch an entrepreneurial itch, you can usually do it without jeopardizing your day job. In fact, I always suggest keeping your traditional job while starting and growing a home business. …