It’s pause time again.

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There have been a few times over the past few years when I’ve just needed to pause.  Sometimes it’s been personal.  Sometimes it’s been work.  Sometimes it’s been other things.

Here’s another time.

In the meantime, enjoy this picture.

Success Manifesto

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  1. Show up.
  2. Listen.
  3. Work hard.

Let’s start with that.  Do those three and you’re better off and a better person than 99% of everyone else around you.  For most, that is enough and more than hard enough of a challenge.  For the rest, that’s just the beginning, because those things SHOULD be a given for EVERYONE, and then the differentiators come into play.

Those things that SHOULD be a given for EVERYONE… They are not.

There in lies the problem.

How do we change this?  We change this, starting with ourselves and making sure that we do our part.  We can only do our best and then leave the rest.  Cliché?  Yup.  But listen up!  The traditional view of “success” is a myth.  We need to change our perceptions and expectations to realize that we are not striving for a destination, this “success” myth, but striving for doing what we can and doing our part.

4. Quit complaining.

5. Do not procrastinate.

Now, you’re in the 99.9% range — or better!  Obviously this is not a scientific manifesto.  This is a life thing that I’ve learned.  I’m sharing it because that’s what I try to do, and I think others could benefit.  Hard knocks in life happen.  I’ve experienced what I think have been a lot of hard knocks.  I’m jaded.  My life has not been as hard as many, many, many people’s lives. So it goes.  And, there’s my “Success Manifesto.”

Do it.

Yup.

5 Listening Tips

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If you catch that I’m on a self-improvement, life-transformation trip, you’re right….

Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better

  1. Silence: 3 minutes each day.
  2. Mixer: How many individual channels of sound can you hear?
  3. Savoring: Enjoy mundane sounds.
  4. Positions: Move listening to be appropriate to what you’re listening to.
  5. RASA: Receive. Appreciate. Summarize. Ask.

In my life up to this point, LISTENING is the second most important thing.  Showing-up is the first, in case you’re wondering.

Storytelling is powerful.

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Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction

“…there is a gap between the mind and the tongue, and that gap is very intimidating.  But if we manage not to be frightened by it, it’s also stimulating.”

May I put my paw here?

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And now, may I take a nap here?

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