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Friday Food for Thought

Do You Care? I Don’t.

Actively listening and responding intentionally can take small talk to a deeper level and enrich your understanding of the other person.

Service Above and Beyond

Service above and beyond what is expected takes many forms and may go unnoticed, but it is there.

The End of Summer

The unofficial end of summer holiday reminds us of the great achievements by America’s workers. J2 Solutions toasts clients, partners and associates.

Out of Ideas…

Even if you are out of ideas, don’t throw in the towel, just start.

What is the Best…?

Our tastes in everything from cigars to business partners is a personal thing, not something that is right or wrong.

Happiness and Joy

In attempting to define happiness and joy, we find that they are similar, yet different.

Where Are You?

Meeting people where they are mentally and emotionally is key to quality communication.

Reverse Paranoia

We are a society of paranoid people. It’s not our fault, we are hard wired for it. We used to be hyper-aware humans who stayed in groups to protect us from wild animals or neighboring tribes. These days, we still carry the same anxiety triggers that can lead us to be...

So Many Choices, So Little Time

Do you think having choices is bad? I do. Well, having too many choices is bad. It can be paralyzing for a lot of us. Ever to go a restaurant where the menu is the size of War and Peace? When that is the situation how long does it take you to decide what to order?...

The Long Road to Overnight Success

The Tony Awards were this week and for the musical Hadestown, it was a great night.  They had fourteen nominations and won for eight of the categories! One of the award recipients was Anais Mitchell who accepted the award for Best Original Score. Towards the end of...

Be a Tourist Everyday

Last week I mentioned that I was in Portugal attending a conference and that I took a few days to spend in Madrid beforehand, just to experience the city as a tourist.  I am not very familiar with Spain, so while there I stayed curious and asked a lot of questions. I...

Adaptability

This week I am in Cascais, Portugal for an EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) conference.  We call them University’s because there is a lot that we learn and share. A few years ago, I was sent for work to Amsterdam with a coworker.  She was very excited because she loved...

Money, money, money…

I recently saw a news segment about a town in Sweden that is almost cashless. As a matter of fact, Sweden is on the forefront to become the world’s first cashless society by the year 2023.  While this might seem like an aggressive plan, it almost seems logical. How...

Is it better to be Good or Lucky?

It’s basketball playoff season. The Sixers went far given their performance the last few years. In the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against Toronto they struggled, and ultimately lost in game seven, the last game of the series. It was a buzzer beater, as Kawhi...

What Do You Control?

I recently heard of a guy who every morning before he gets out of bed says some variation of “another f’ing day”. I would bet that he rarely has a good day if it starts out bad even before he gets out of bed. It’s easy to get caught up in that mindset, especially if...

The Only Limit is You

I got to spend 4 days with my tribe in Montreat, North Carolina. Montreat is best known for being the home of Billy Graham, a prominent figure in the Christian community. We also stayed in a beautiful house owned by Wade Burns, a civil rights activist. Being...

Empathy vs. Compassion

During my professional life, I have experienced many difficult situations (remember my job in customer service I mentioned this last fall?) Even though I wouldn’t necessarily want to have those experiences again, the wisdom I’ve gained from them is invaluable and I...

Perseverance and Resilience

This past Sunday Tiger Woods became the second oldest man to win the Masters at 43 years old, just 3 years younger than Jack Nicklaus, who last won the Masters at 46. Additionally, this Sunday Tiger received his 5th Masters jacket and 15th Major tournament win; while...

2 Sides to the Same Coin: Strategy vs. Tactics

Strategy and Tactics.  Though both words have a different purpose, they are often interchanged, and, in my opinion, they go hand in hand.  I believe one without the other is useless: strategy is about where you are going and why you want to go there, while tactics are...

Quality or Quantity?

Which is better, quality or quantity? I suppose it depends on what is important to you. I recently read a story about a dedicated family man who also brought his work home with him each night. He made it a priority to always be home for dinner and to make time to play...

Being Happy or Being Right?

Being right makes me happy, because being wrong makes me a fool, or so I thought. We live in an age where technology has made voicing your opinion easy. I am constantly hearing and reading things that people agree and disagree with. Ultimately when there is...

Something Worth Enjoying Now

As many of you know I collect bad habits; cigars, wine and whisk(e)y are certainly some of my favorite vices. While my collections pale in comparison to many of my friends, they are still extensive nonetheless. Recently I had dinner with some friends and they opened...

Sympathy vs. Empathy

I am a fixer. When I see or hear a problem, my reaction is to solve the problem and move on from it. To me, all the noise that surrounds the problem is just that, noise. While it’s great being proactive, the problem with simply  “removing the nail” is that there is no...

Is Technology Making Me Dumber or Better?

Is technology making us dumber or better? The answer is YES!! 😊 While you can’t deny the pros of using technology, I still believe that technology is making us dumber. Having access to all this technology right at our fingertips requires us to think less. One negative...

Je vais de mieux en mieux

Emile Coué was a French psychologist and pharmacist that developed a method of self-improvement called autosuggestion, a very simple process of repeating something to one self. Emile Coué used it to heal his patients by telling them “Tous les jours, à tous points de...

Defining the Relationship

Greetings from Cuba! With travel being one of my many passions, I have had the opportunity to visit many parts of the world, and one of the things that I have noticed during my travels is how people view money and their relationship with it. I have found that in many...

Achieving Success

If I offered you $20 to cross an empty street, I bet you would take me up on it.  But if I offered you $20 to cross a busy intersection, you would probably think twice. But I would bet that you would run through that same busy intersection for free if a loved one was...

Relational vs. Transactional

Years ago, Sanjay and I would network a lot. We had just started J2 and we rarely turned down a chance to meet people. Our goal was to meet as many folks as possible no matter what they did and gain the opportunity to learn about them and share about us. Several of...

The Art of Wabi-Sabi

According to Japanese legend, a gentleman named Sen no Rikyu set out to learn a set of customs known as the “Way of Tea”. He went to tea-master Takeeno Joo, who tested Rikyu by requesting he tend to the garden. Rikyu cleaned up debris and raked the ground until it was...

Is it Ever a Good Time?

A few years ago, I met up with a friend that I hadn’t seen in a while for dinner.  First thing out of his mouth was “You look like crap!” (it wasn’t exactly that, but I am keeping it clean 😊). What a great way to greet a friend, right? In response, I gave him the...

Graciousness

I spent the last few days in New Orleans with my forum / mastermind group, which I have written about before in several FFfT’s. During these meetings we spend time discussing our professional and personal lives. We laugh, we cry, we reflect, we nurture; at the end of...

Breathe and Carry On

Sunday’s Eagles game against Chicago was a real nail biter: the Eagles came into the game as underdogs with lots of injuries and a backup quarterback. They kept us guessing on whether we would move on to the Divisional Playoffs and some may argue that they got lucky...

Apex Line

Welcome to 2019.  Once again, we start with 365 blank pages to accomplish our goals. Usually the shortest route anywhere is a straight line.  In racing there is a term called the “racing line” which is the line that provides the optimal path around the course. The...

Relax and Recharge

Christmas and New Year’s fell mid-week this year. For many of us that meant additional days off either by taking vacation or the company giving you a few extra days off.  The downside to this extra time off is that maybe you had to spend extra time finishing up...

Mirror Images

It’s December 21st, T-minus 4 days until Christmas. Tensions are running high, and you can begin to see the look of panic in passerby’s eyes as they rush to get their last-minute shopping done. While the holidays are intended to bring out the best of everyone,...

Consensus is Bad

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the benefits of Crowdthink. In the case of my recent time spent at Harvard, working together with other entrepreneurs and listening to their thoughts and ideas while expressing my own as well, was beneficial. By collaborating with others...

The Choices You Make…

Two of the 10 axioms of Choice Theory state the following: The only person whose behavior we can control is our own. All we can give another person is information. How we behave is up to us. Do you choose to complain all the time, or do you make the best of a bad...

You Are Who You Are

There is a phrase: “How you do anything is how you do everything”. I believe this to be true, for the most part. They say a messy desk is a sign of genius. I am no genius, but my desk at the office is a mess. It drives my assistant nuts.  My room at home is also a...

Grateful Living

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday filled with family, friends, football and fantastic food. Each year, it feels like the holiday season starts earlier and earlier. Halloween candy is out in August, holiday decorations start going up in October, and...

Power of a Crowd

When the gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire made its original television debut, each contestant was provided with 3 “life lines” when they weren’t sure of the correct answer. One of those life line options was called “Ask the Audience”. The thought process behind...

Time Travel to Success

Elections are over. Hooray! This is not a commentary on the political condition of our country or about my views on politics. This is about consciously traveling towards success. I have a friend that ran for City Commissioner in Florida. She started her campaign over...

Fear and the Present Moment

I hope you all enjoyed Halloween.  This year marks the 40th anniversary of (in my opinion) one of the best horror films made: the original Halloween movie. Halloween captured my undivided attention and kept me on the edge of my seat during the entire movie.  Horror...

Exponential Dreaming

I recently came back from a conference that was conducted by Singularity University and EO (Entrepreneurs Organization). The conference was about innovation, problem-solving and looking at things from a different perspective to solve problems that significantly impact...

Action > Intention

Ever notice that words semi related to each other are vastly different? For instance, the dictionary tells us that “should” is the past tense of “shall”- how is that possible? To me, there are huge differences between these two words. The word “should” expresses...

Tech Rage

Technology has had some incredible advances in the last century… decade… year…month…and even day. It makes us more efficient and more connected.  We can do things with cell phones today that we could not do a few years ago, or even a few weeks ago.  Every time a new...

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