Reflections in a moment when circumstances seemed to overshadow purpose...
I'm a tactical kind of guy so it's easy for me to get so deep into details that I forget the "why". Forgetting the "why" means forgetting the foundation of good decision making. I usually know I'm in that predicament when I'm asking myself "now what?". If you have ever been there or are there right now I offer you this little bit of corrective wisdom:
Ask yourself, "What…Continue
In a recent interview Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of Dreamworks Animation offered this bit of wisdom to young people entering the workforce: “How about follow your skill?...I believe every human being does something great. Follow that thing you're actually really good at and that may become your passion." The writer, Betty Liu, contrasts Katzenberg’s advice with that of Warren Buffet, “Do what you love.” …Continue
How do you determine if a job is a good fit for you?
I’ll give you the answer in a moment. But first, a story:
My first job out of college was selling billboards in rural Kentucky. 80% of my day was cold calling small and medium businesses. I got the job because I was friendly, articulate, and people generally liked and trusted me. Perfect for sales! Well, I was miserable and my results were sporadic. What’s tragic however is that I spent years wondering what…Continue
I just returned to my office from listening to a breakfast talk by Dan. I was a client of Dan's in the early 2000's and later trained under Dan as a 48 Days facilitator and coach so much of his talk consisted of things I had heard or read many times before. What made the talk compelling for me was not the new stories but rather the things I needed to be reminded of. Do you know the most important things you need to be reminded of periodically and have you built a…Continue
"You accomplished very few of your triumphs, joys, achievements & successes without the participation of at least one other person."
-Rabbi Daniel Lapin
Finding and doing work you love will involve working with other people in some context. If you are fortunate enough to choose your team, choose wisely. If your team - including your boss - is chosen for you then make the time and effort to learn how to…Continue