More Successful Than Imaginable

I reconnected with an acquaintance from Thailand yesterday. She is a pioneer, passionate about helping others become truly happy and successful. Initially, her humanitarian efforts made her an outcast in her hometown in Thailand. People made nasty comments to her face and others threatened her life. Yet her commitment eclipsed all of the negativity. Today, she is on a flight to Thailand for a visit. Life in her hometown has changed – SO MUCH for the better – because of her.

One person can change all kinds of things. Remember that “The One Person” can be you.

Happy Wednesday,
Anita

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The Inner Entrepreneur

My dad, Harry, was a serial entrepreneur. Not the big scalable business leader, but he created a lifestyle business that gave us a great life. He was one of those classic entrepreneurs – started his first business at age 22, failed twice (at least,) then hit one that lasted for decades. He was a creative and strategic risk-taker – blazed new trails with a plan and lots of contingencies in case things didn’t work out as expected.

While I learned many things from my dad, one remains embedded in my heart: when you are an entrepreneur on the inside – acting on new ideas that create great value on the margin – it doesn’t matter if you work for a multi-national organization or a start-up. From the perspective of practical curiosity, masterful action, and appreciation for what is and what can be, you will win the big prizes – success, happiness, and contribution.

Happy Birthday HB and Caryl, too.
Anita

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Victory is Daily Life

Over the weekend, I spent time with friends, who while wildly eclectic, share something I believe we all share – a desire to be successful and happy in life – and make a contribution. As I sat listening to their updates (on topics from work to school to relationships,) I was inspired by each of them. From the 20 something who is preparing for what could be the presentation of a lifetime to the 70 something who just returned from another budget-friendly adventure trip and planning the next one. While the specifics of their lives – goals, challenges, and victories – were quite different, each took responsibility for her own success and happiness. When we make ourselves accountable, making the impossible possible can be done – again and again.

Have a great Monday,
Anita

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Learning from the Best

My friend, Stewart, stopped by today. It’s always wonderful to talk with him. He is incredibly bright, wildly enthusiastic, and deeply caring. We were chatting away when he showed me how to use Google Maps to help people in the midst of a job search, those making a career change, and even individuals involved in business development. I plugged in a city, clicked on “search nearby,” and entered (in this case) private equity. The results were amazing – firms I knew mixed with firms new to me.

I learned something fun, useful, and that I will continue to share with others. Good stuff is there when you look for it.

Stewart – you are the best. Thanks for the lesson.

I learned something fun, useful, and that I will continue to share with others.

Have a great weekend,
Anita

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Victory Could Be One Step Away

One of my good friends was struggling with her work situation and feeling worse about it each day. She was so frustrated that she started to cry on the phone. Yet in her heart, she does not give up. Her determination to succeed in each situation inspires me to keep advancing in my own life.

Today, she had a great victory – and her victory is my encouragement.

Way to go, my friend!

Have a great day,
Anita

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The Celebration of Success and Happiness

I am a person who wants to be happy and successful and much of the time I am able to do so. I used to think that being happy and successful was thinking the good thoughts and banishing the negative ones. A good idea in theory, but practice is clearly a different story. So I now take a another approach – accept the reality, focus on the good (it’s much more fun,) and transform my own heart all along the way. When I do this, I have the courage to see myself as more powerful than my challenges, realize that even the “difficult” people are here to help me expand by capacity, and that nothing I accomplish is done alone. When the celebration of victory is shared, it’s glorious.

Happy Wednesday,
Anita
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Why are “They” So Frustrating?

Last night, I notice how testy I can get inside my head. I rarely yell or scream, but in my thoughts I get annoyed, frustrated, and upset. I was heading home after getting together with a group of friends. Once I leave a place, I am a person on a mission to get the bus and get home. So, I started complaining to myself how slowly people were walking. Then as we were steps away from the bus stop, the bus cruised on by. Ugh! Ugh! Ugh! If only “they” had walked faster. So I began to head north on Broadway all by myself (boo hoo.) I decided to walk to Addison and because the next bus there was 28 minutes (according to the very reliable bus tracker,) I would then catch a cab.

As I raced north, my head was filled with complaint and my mood was rapidly declining. Much to my surprise, there was a bus approaching the stop. I waiting a nanosecond, got on the bus, and was quickly home.

Of course, the inner complaining stopped and I paused – what was the lesson here? Am I dawdling in some areas of my life? Was I cosmically moved out of harm’s way? While those are interesting ideas, I think my lesson is more basic. For me, complaining in my head (even if I am completely justified in doing so) doesn’t help. Compassion, action, and appreciation do – at least for me.

Have a great Tuesday,
Anita
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