We all know people who whine. I don’t want to do this. It’s too hard. How come I have to do all the work? Whining wears everyone down. Worse, it does no good! It spreads like wildfire; sending negative energy everywhere. It’s contagious too. Everyone in an office is happy, then the complainer starts; in no time, everyone has caught
Do you occasionally feel stuck? Bored? Frustrated? Do you wonder if there are missed opportunities: a new connection, a more profound sense of purpose, a new adventure? The truth is new possibilities are always within your reach. Every day, the decisions you make can open new possibilities. Some choices may seem inconsequential, some profound. It’s easier to stay in your
Mark saw his bosses’ reaction to his project and knew he was in trouble. “She’s so picky. Why does everything have to be done exactly her way?” Karen, Mark’s boss had the opposite reaction, “Why can’t he just do exactly what I tell him? Why does e have to improvise?” Bosses are usually good at what they do, that’s why
Our 50th state is full of people who know how to get things done. I heard the legend of one determined community on our recent vacation. Ferry, Alaska is a remote community, population 32 (11 households). It has the dubious distinction of being located across both banks of the Nenana River. Until recently, only a railroad bridge connected the two
I was watching Kurt play fetch with his new puppy, Max. Kurt would throw a ball as far as he could, Max would race after it, never slowing down until he had it in his mouth. Sprinters call this “running through the tape”. Have you’ve ever watched as some runners near the finish line and slow up in the final
John Nese’s business was going broke. His family-owned grocery store was being eaten alive by big chain stores. So, when a woman called looking for a unique mint soda, he saw an opportunity. Today John’s store, Galco, sells every imaginable kind of soda from around the world. Business is good. John Nese was able to adapt, here are other examples:
I walked into a purchasing manager’s office and noticed his wall was peppered with quotes on blue postcards. There were quotes about quality, pricing and appreciation. I asked about them and he enthusiastically explained that a supplier sends a quote-card every month as a thank you for doing business with them. He even pointed out his favorite.
Trevor founded a manufacturing company 20 years ago. The business continues to expand; the customer list now includes Fortune 500 companies. He has been asked to share his wisdom on several occasions, but declined. Despite his success, Trevor secretly feels inferior to other owners, insecure because of his lack of formal education.