Masterful Engagement

My colleague, Linda, is one of the most masterful networkers I have ever met. Is it because she seems to know everyone? Perhaps. The bigger question is why does she know everyone?

Here’s my take on it: Linda creates exchanges among people she knows. The more value she creates for others, the more powerful and expansive her network becomes. Linda boils down her wisdom to this quote from Confucius: Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.

Way to go Linda!

Have a great day,
Anita

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Are You Doing the Work Love?

Some people believe that doing work you love is a luxury and perhaps it is. Yet, Steve, a mentor of mine, strongly suggested doing work you love is less about the role and more about each of us. Steve clearly put the responsibility of loving my work squarely back on my shoulders (and, in turn,  each of yours).

His theory is loving your work has more to do with commitment, vision, and appreciation than the actual tasks of the job.

Something interesting to consider.

Have a great day,
Anita

The One Step Bonus

I had lunch with a friend yesterday. She looked at me curiously across the table. “What’s happened, Anita?” she asked. “You’ve clearly opened up a new phase of your life.” While that seemed like a bit of hyperbole to me, she made me pause. I smiled and acknowledged her perceptiveness.

I had had a conversation with someone the day before that was scary, challenging, and disconcerting. It was the right thing to do, even though tough. Later that afternoon, a number of things fell into place on a dream of mine in a way I couldn’t have planned or strategized around. New exciting things have emerged.

My lesson, through my friend’s eyes, is that moving through doubt can yield big bonuses. For me and each of you.

Have a great day,
Anita

Courage Up Close

Yesterday I was with a group of friends and we were discussing how to win right where you are. Sitting directly across the room from me was a man in a wheelchair, facing the debilitating disease ALS. At this point, he is unable to speak. Yet he was at this gathering, smiling and really engaged.

This man is clearly winning right where he is and I was inspired to experience his courage which is up close, personal, and victorious.

Have a great day,
Anita