Friday Food for Thought

You Go Live Your Best Life

You Go Live Your Best Life

In these unsettled times, we can take the opportunity to breathe and reset our lives for the better.

The New Normal

The New Normal

Now, more than ever, adaptability is the skill that will allow us to persevere and maintain our sanity.

Cheap Is Expensive

Cheap Is Expensive

Spending time and money on things that don’t last is not good value.

Let’s Do the Mamba

Let’s Do the Mamba

Dedication, hard work, sweat, and sacrifice will move you towards your best self.

Are You an Artist?

Are You an Artist?

Each of us creates art in our daily lives, whether others see it as art or not.

First, the Basics

First, the Basics

Success can only be built on a firm foundation of basic skills.

Why Fear the Unknown?

Why Fear the Unknown?

Planning changes our fear of the unknown into excitement for new challenges.

Consequences

Consequences

Our action and our lack of action produces consequences.

Mentors Matter

Mentors Matter

Finding a mentor and being a mentor both impact lives in a positive way for everyone involved.

Verbal Vomit

Verbal Vomit

Talking too much doesn’t let you learn anything about the person to whom you are speaking.

This Is Me, On Brand

This Is Me, On Brand

We each present our own, unique packaging to help others understand what we are about.

It’s All About Me

It’s All About Me

Taking care of ourselves is the first step in taking care of others.

WTF?

WTF?

In this age of distraction and instant gratification, being present in the moment can be a struggle.

Do Your Job

Do Your Job

We are greater than the sum of our parts when we each know and do our job

Ask and You May Receive

Ask and You May Receive

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. There is no downside to asking for what you want, and often people are happy to help you get it.

Do You Care? I Don’t.

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

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

The End of Summer

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…

Out of Ideas…

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

What is the Best…?

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

Happiness and Joy

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

Ignorance Is Bliss?!?!

Ignorance Is Bliss?!?!

Sometimes ignorance is bliss, but sometimes it pays to have good information.

Where Are You?

Where Are You?

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

Reverse Paranoia

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

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 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

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

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…

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?

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?

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

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

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...

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