Lion Or Goldfish

You can be either. Image

In business and life, it is up to you. 

You see, it is simple, a lion hunts for it’s food. A lion doesn’t sit in the den and wait for the next meal to come to it. A lion gets out and finds the food. 

A goldfish on the other hand, swims around the bowl waiting for someone to drop in the tropical flakes. If the goldfish doesn’t get fed, it starves. 

Are you swimming around in your bowl or sitting at your desk waiting for things to happen like a goldfish or are you scouring the Serengeti, hunting your next meal?

Be honest.

Flap your fins or roar.

Your choice.  


Spelling Lesson

“Contrary to popular belief, there most certainly is an ‘I’ in “team.” It is the same ‘I’ that spellingappears three times in ‘responsibility.'” Amber Harding

I like to take it another step and say PERSONAL responsibility to the team.

Most people just don’t realize that every action that take effects others around them either positively or negatively. Rarely is there a neutral effect.

When you are a member of a team, you are expected to do AT LEAST your part. Even the littlest things can have a much greater impact on the big picture. (Also called , “The Butterfly Effect”)

Heck with butterflies, it’s my blog, I like sports metaphors and it is the NFL Playoff season, so here is another one.

As an offensive lineman, you miss a block on a play because you were a little tired from the play before. Your assigned player gets past you and hits your Quarterback causing him to fumble the ball, get picked up and returned by the defense for the game winning touchdown. Your team has now lost the game and a chance to move on, go to the next game and possibly a shot at winning the Super Bowl. That loss also cost your city another game and millions in dollars of revenue. Food, hotels, merchandise, etc.

All because you  didn’t do your part for one play.

Oh, did I mention that your MVP Quarterback was injured on the hit and may not play next year? How many people will that impact?

Maybe I resort to overstatement, but sometimes it is needed to make a point.

Whether it is your professional or personal life, you are part of a team and your every action counts. It is meaningful. Make it count for the positive.

Everyday, every play.

It is your responsibility to the team in your life.


The Power of Positive Feedback

Yesterday was a good day. 

I was told by more than one person in my life that I was doing a good job. Better yet, it was in two different areas in my life. People that I truly respect and really care what they think. (work and taekwondo. You know who you are. Thanks.) The specifics don’t really matter, except that I have been fighting hard through quite a bit of adversity on both fronts. I wonder how they knew that I really needed to hear something positive….at that exact moment. I have ideas, but that discussion that can be explored at a later date.

Those of you that know me, know that I am usually pretty intense. Not usually good at GIVING positive feedback. Even when it is warranted. I am not actually used to getting it, either.

But, it felt good.

I energized me.

I am going to work harder to be a better source of positive feedback to those around me.

I am going to find more people doing things right. More often.

You should do the same. It makes a difference.