Think Small…

I decided to grab an earlier flight home.  I would take the 5:20 rather than the 6:05.  Save 45 minutes.  Every minute counts right?  I raced to the airport.  I took a chance to fly stand-by.  Victory…a seat assignment without the surcharge.  Everything lining up nicely.  I rushed (RUSHED) through check-in and security (if that is even possible to do today.)  I ran to the gate.  I arrived disheveled, sweating…but I made it!  Just in time.  I walked down the jet bridge still catching my breath.  I looked down at my boarding pass.  Of course…a middle seat assignment.  That will teach you Mr. Hurry-To-Shave-A-Few-Minutes.  I double-checked my boarding pass.  No mistaking it.  Also no mistaking the two fellow passengers on the window and aisle seat.  I stored my bag in the overhead bin.  And prepared to settle in.  I buckled in.  I hit the seat recline button to get a few precious extra inches before take-off.  OF COURSE.  The seat doesn’t recline.  The lady next to me (aisle seat) must have sensed my exasperation and asked:  “Would you like to change seats with me?”  “No, I couldn’t do that…but thank you very much.  That was kind of you to offer.”  At that second, “THINK SMALL” came across my mind.

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Whining Is Not An Exit Strategy

“Bitch sessions can be cathartic, but don’t you find that some people whine every day about their job, lives, spouses, etc.? Channeling all that whining into action is hard, but it’s the one way to change what you are unhappy about.  When you find yourself complaining to a friend/colleague about something, Ask yourself: What can I do to make this better, other than complain?”


Tip For Getting More Organized: Don’t

I figured this out before HBR and before the IBM researchers.  (Sweet comfort to learn that I’m in front of Harvard and IBM on something.)  Searching, searching, searching, searching.  Hundreds (thousands?) of searches over the years…searching yet being unable to find an email.   Or being unable to find an important presentation.  Or a file that I needed to get in my hands right away. Years of trying different schemes.  Different software applications.  Stacking hard copies in drawers.  Folders bulging.  Creating a few well intentioned and labeled Outlook email File Folders exploding to 10, and then 15 and then 20.  An overflowing plate of spaghetti with red sauce spewing all over.  Frustration boiling over.  Needing to start the work over knowing that your best ideas are buried in a deep, dark corner of your hard drive.

Forgettaboutit.  I gave up.  Scrap the attempts and the time to organize.

I reverted to one outlook file folder to save all of my emails. (Archiving periodically)

I use one software search program – X1 – to rip through searches to find what I need in my computer in seconds.  (See my review of X1)

I now work and SEARCH in peace.

Now, here’s the brain trust at HBR and IBM essentially telling you the same thing in a recent post.  A few top excerpts:

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Why Complicate Life?

Thank you Pavlos via Daily Inspiration & Motivation

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call…

A Cassowary. Native to New Guinea. Source: Animal Planet

Live Simply…

90 year old, Jane Hilliard, in 30 Lessons For Living: Tried and True Advice From the Wisest Americans by Karl Pillemer

“…my later years have been much easier because I learned to be grateful for what I have, and no longer bemoan what I don’t have or can’t do.  Saying “thank you” reminds me of my blessings, which are many.  When I look back over my life, the most important things I have learned are these. [Read more…]

Inspiring (But Crazy!)

“Kevin Richardson, zoologist and animal behavioralist, raises and trains some of the most dangerous animals known to man. To do this he does not use the common methods of breaking the animal’s spirit with sticks and chains, instead he uses love, understanding and trust.   With this unusual method of training he has developed some exceptionally personal bonds with his students. He sleeps with lions, cuddles newborn hyenas, swims with lionesses.   Kevin can confidently look into their eyes, crouch to the their level and even lie down with them – all taboos in the normal world of wild animal handling – yet he has never been mauled or attacked. Some call him crazy; others shake their heads at his unique method of interacting with the animals. And Kevin’s secret – get to know the particular personality of each animal, what makes them angry, happy, upset, irritated – just like a mother with a child.”

Thank you Dolly @

Time is nothing…


Speeding around the world in 5 minutes…17 Countries. 343 Days. 6237 Photographs. One incredible journey. Follow the adventure.

Thank you Mme Scherzo

The Big Apple (aka Apple, Inc.)

Source: Wall Street Journal

The Better Man Project…Dripping Authenticity and Inspiration

“…One of the greatest tragedies is living your life with the belief that yesterday was too much, today is good enough, and tomorrow is going to be better. There is no tomorrow. I know that  sounds like an unreasonable statement, but I don’t want to go to sleep anymore thinking that I will do it tomorrow. There might not be a tomorrow. Seriously though, I feel like we take for granted the fact that we will wake up the next day. This isn’t the case for a lot of people around the world. So how can I every single day get the most out of my life? I think just attacking my plan with a passion and purpose will get me to a successful end of the day…”

…A better man for me is someone who does not settle for the way the world is, who seeks to make it better with his voice, and constantly looks at himself in the mirror diving into his soul-searching for how he can improve…

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