Learning Success From Everyone

I was chatting with a fifty-something friend today who is a little tech shy and clearly wants to get more comfortable. So, she met with a very compassionate twenty-five year old who showed her the ins and outs of Facebook. Next week, they are moving on Linked-In. My friend was thrilled at all she had learned and was eager to learn more and expand her social media savviness. At the same time, her “tech tutor” increased her confidence, patience, and capacity. Cool wins on both sides.

So, we can learn from many and teach what we know. When we do, all parties gain.

Have a great weekend,

Power Gratitude

I have a friend who was recently really sick and fortunately is happily recovering. When I saw her the other day, I asked her what she did get through her time in the hospital and the rehab that followed.

Her answer may have surprised some people, but not me. She told a group of us that she said “Thank You” to everyone – even when her speech was impaired. My friend wanted each person who helped her to know how much she appreciated their efforts – which only made them want to help her even more.

“Thank You” are two miraculous words – when you say them sincerely.

Have a great day,

Assume the Worst

Assume the Worst. Just kidding. Why would anyone do that?!? Now this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t weigh your risks. build trust over days, weeks, or even months, and build the relationship if and when that makes sense.

While assuming the worst could greatly diminish your downside and losses – it will likely eliminate many good things that could emerge.

Food for thought.

Have a great day,

Can You Handle Success?

Can You Handle Success? Your immediate answer could likely be, “Well, of course!” Okay,not so fast.

On the surface, massive amounts of success can be exciting, enticing, and amazingly gratifying. Yet, in order to make the most of any success – it is essential that you know who you are, what you value and stand for, and what kind of life you want to now and into the future. With those things in hand, you can manage the inevitable challenges you will face.

Warm regards,

Expect More

I was with a group of friends over the weekend and I will admit that I was surprised to hear what a few of them were saying. There was a resignation of what was without the possibility of more – now or in the future. As I listened, I realized that their lack of an expansive future had to do with what others told them now and in the past.

So, here is my request: help others see beyond where they are today. It can change another person’s life (maybe yours, too.)

Have a great week,

An Unlikely Success Derailer

I was reading something today that really took me aback. The writer’s theory is that humility can actually be a sign of arrogance and can derail a whole bunch of good stuff.

Well, how this be so? The more I thought about this, the more I realized that if humility if pretend, fake, or a gimmick – it will backfire. Also, when humility comes from self -deprecation – it will likely come across as a bit sad and off-putting.

Then it dawned on me: if I (or we – if this fits) are humble as a means to control others and/or circumstances, this is arrogance which is a HUGE derailer.

Just a thought.

Enjoy your weekend,

Courage Plus

I was meeting with someone today who is a rather untenable situation filled with mean-spirited backstabbing and worse. While this is sadly not so unusual, her response is. She is standing up with courage, confidence, and humility. Her extraordinary composure, talent, and practical optimism will take her far – wherever she goes next – and her next employer will be fortunate to have her.

Enjoy your day,