Nothing Experienced, Nothing Gained

“Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?” -Hemingway

San Fran

Sometimes it’s good to do things that are frightening. Comfort zones are comfortable for a reason. Safety, security, familiarity. You know the comfort zone like the back of your hand. No need to push yourself. No need to learn anything else. Nothing new….

Is It Better to Feast or Fly?

No Fly Duck MTS Creates

Have you ever had an opportunity pass you by because you decided to remain comfortable? 

The Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, told a parable about a wild duck and the danger of settling. There was a duck who flying north in the springtime with his flock. He came across a barnyard with tame ducks during the flight so he stopped and ate some of their corn. The duck enjoyed the corn so he decided to stay. Time passed and hours became days, days became weeks and weeks became months. He liked the food and comfort of the barnyard, so eventually, he decided to stay. The summer passed and on crisp autumn day, the duck looked up and saw his flock passing overhead. It excited him to hear their call and spread his wings to fly up and join them.

The duck had enjoyed too much food and he found that he could no longer fly up in the sky with his flock. He turned his gaze from the sky and said to himself, “I don’t mind so much that I can’t fly with them. It’s safe here and I have lots of food.” Still, each spring and fall, he would see his old flock fly overhead and a feeling inside him would stir. He would flap his wings and quickly give up, turning his attention back to the food in his yard. Eventually, he hardly noticed the old flock at all. 

Change is not the real risk after all. The risk is in staying the same. Complacency is a dangerous thing. 

 

Illustration courtesy of MTS Creates. Thanks to Beth Taylor, for the valuable input.

Marcel The Shell Invites YOU To Play

It’s Wednesday morning and maybe you’re wondering about what in the world you are going to post today on social media for your business. Share something different, silly, inspirational or provocative. We are all at our best when we allow ourselves room to imagine and create so spread the feeling! And no, not everything you post should be about your business. We know what you do, now show us who you really are!!

And with that, I present to you my favorite short of all time, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On…Part One. Share the joy, friends.

*Marcel was directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp and voiced (untreated & unenhanced) by a genius named Jenny Slate.

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the book…a must for every adult (or kid I suppose)!

Why Some Clients Are Better Than Others

Does the majority of your time and best work go to the never satisfied, unwilling to change or contentious client? Perhaps it does and you don’t even realize it. In any case, if this is true, you’ve created a system in which you meet their unreasonable demands at any cost to you and your team. I’ve always said to fire clients that drain you and leave you less effective at your career. Don’t waste time on people who have no interest in building a true relationship, clients who want answers yesterday yet are always right and those unable to see things from a different perspective.

So I’ve got that rule down, right?

Not exactly. It’s a motto I have to recommit to every morning when I start again. Even recently, I found myself grappling with letting go of a client who drains me of my creativity, passion and resources. They are a client whom I believe in and know they could be incredibly successful if they only just took some direction and stayed the course. My team and I know we can provide a solution for their needs so we’ve kept at their game, letting them waste both their time and ours.

Stop Hammer TIme

The answer is clear. It’s time to make peace with moving on. When I say it aloud, I can actually feel my enthusiasm and positivity come back to me. Do you have clients that get your best work and don’t deserve it? How much more could you do for the clients who are receptive to your expertise?

Remind yourself every day, love what you do and do what you love.

 

 

 

Picture Courtesy of Afroswede/Flickr

You’re Disinterested and Hardly Listening

You’re at an event and standing with a group of people. The three people you knew have just left the gathering and the topic turns to something you are completely uninterested in. Your mind wanders to the things you need to get done that evening. Did you put the flag up on the mailbox this morning? There’s so and so, you should really go say hello to her before you leave. You focus back in on the conversation, but still, it has not to do with you so you excuse yourself and head across the room to talk to someone you know.

People respond when they are spoken to. Yet, over and over, I see businesses marketing themselves to everyone. They insist on giving the laundry list of services and pat themselves on the back for their excellent customer care and knowledgable staff. The problem with this approach is that it’s an announcement. If you don’t want others to shout at you, make sure you’re not shouting yourself. If you want engagement, know who you’re talking to.

 

 
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