No pen,

no ink,

no table,

no room,

no time,

no quiet,

no inclination.

~ James Joyce (1882-1941) in a letter to his brother

Credits: Image – Thank you Sundog; Quote – Lapidarium

Excuses. Stack ‘em up.

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#3: My job takes my time and energy. #4: I’m too tired. #14: The weather sucks. #15: I AM NOT MOTIVATED.  There we go.  They are on the table.  My excuses not to exercise (again).  Leo Babauta @ Zen Habits wrote a recent post titled 15 Great Excuses Not to Form the Fitness Habit that has lingered with me.  He lists 15 excuses that have blocked him from exercise – along with his “excuse blasters.”  And of course, I’ve added my commentary… [Read more…]

Feeling Blah about work?

job rainI received some backchannel email blow-back on my last post (10 Most Loved Jobs. And 10 Most Hated) and the related posts on Doing What You Love.  (Whispering to me: Here you go again.  Not everyone is in the situation YOU are in.  Try to walk in someone else’s shoes for a change.  Tired of you preaching about Doing. What. You. Love.  Some of us can’t walk away to a lesser paying job to Do.What.We.Love.  We need to pay the bills.  We can’t relo away from aging parents, family, friends.  We can’t walk away from our house and the mortgage. We need to keep the Don’t-Love-My-Job we have.) 

OK.  I get it.  Yet so many are unhappy.  Feel stuck.  Are unfulfilled. Or are frustrated in their current station. The three articles below share some excellent advice on how to make the most of the current job you are in.  My Cliff-Notes recap is summarized here:

  • Do. (Continue) to do an excellent job.
  • Connect. (Develop deeper relationships with people you work with)
  • Learn. (Learn & apply new skills and knowledge which will fuel higher levels of engagement)
  • Contribute. (Achievement and contribution gives us a higher sense of purpose.)
  • Don’t Complain.  (…And drag down your colleagues and pollute your brand.)

There’s no justification for an employee to wait expectantly for the organization to furnish engagement, as if it’s something somebody can give you. The key to sustainable high engagement is taking primary responsibility for it. Now is the time to own your own engagement. (FastCompany)

Here’s the 3 self-help articles on the topic…

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Talent < Table Salt?

talent and salt

Rebekah, thank you for sharing.

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Manufacture your own meaning…


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Move me (in 5 Words or Less)…

    Here’s my top 25. What are your top 1 liners (5 words or less)?

  • Plow deep while sluggards sleep.1
  • What is the next action?4
  • Begin it Now.9
  • If not now, when?5
  • If not me, who?6
  • You Are Enough.2                  
  • Make the decision to succeed.2
  • Be Prepared.
  • Focus.
  • Effort Does Not Equal Results.
  • Commit to Excellence.                       
  • Take Massive Action.3 
  • Pursue Relentlessly.
  • Think Big.
  • Keep Your Feet Moving Forward.8
  • Often wrong, never in doubt.7
  • Keep your word.
  • Read. 
  • Work.
  • Walk. 
  • Who looks inside, awakens.10
  • Participate in Life.2
  • Be Still.   
  • Do Good. Be Good.
  • Believe.

Sources:  1Benjamin Franklin (via – thank you). 2Tess Marshall. 3Anthony Robbins. 4David Allen. 5Rabbi Hillel. 6Mikhail Gorbachev. 7Ivy Baker Priest. 8My Hockey Coach, Harry N. Smith. 9Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. 10Carl Jung.  Image: Unknown




Image Credits.  Thank you:

  1. Mme Scherzo via tastefullyoffensive
  2. Austin Kleon