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Archive for June, 2009

Success

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Everyone who knows me well knows I’m a TED fanatic.  Here’s a short, sweet, yet important video on Success. Enjoy, and keep on the journey!

The Greatest Decade

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

I think perhaps one of the most essential features missing from today’s youth is that they’ve never experienced the 1980s.  If you say any of the following to a 20 something or tweener, all you’ll get are blank stares:

K-tel (and records)
OMD
Pretty in Pink
Buehler….Buehler…?
Duckie
I don’t feel tardy
Jake Ryan

Ok, so the WWII vets might have been the “greatest generation”.  But I would argue that the greatest decade of my life definitely was the 1980s.  All I had to worry about was what musical part I wanted to try out for and my grades.  Today, I still have grades to kind of worry about, but everything else isn’t quite as fun as auditioning for a part in Guys and Dolls.

So, if you are reading this blog and have never seen any of the brat pack movies (nor know what they are) immediately run to adult authority figure and inquire.  Your life is lacking.

KYP

Friday, June 12th, 2009

I’m on an acronym kick this weekend.  Normally, I’m not a fan, but for some reason, they seem to be working for me.  Maybe because I’ve had a challenging week and my 2 final brain cells on overtime are fading fast.

Anyway, here is my acronym of the week:  KYP = Keep Your Promises.  That is the lesson I’ve been learning the hard way this week, in several forms.

First, the faux pas around promises – don’t flake – instead, do your very best to do what you say you will do. If you promised to show up, SHOW UP, ON TIME, not tardy, and plan for timing issues to pop up.  If you ARE late to an appointment, first you need to 1: apologize and 2. follow up with a thank you for the other party’s time and patience. Furthermore, you should always reconfirm appointments (I try to do this once at the beginning of the week).  If you can’t make it, you need to let the other person know as soon as you know you can’t make it….and don’t assume the other party will reconfirm with you.

Second, if the other party wanted to meet with you, and they didn’t show when they said they would, you are under no obligation to attempt to re-meetup with them.  Your time is precious, and as I’ve stated before, TIME is one thing we have a finite amount of and never get back.

I don’t like bashing my own generation, but if Gov. Daniels can do it about the boomers, I can do it with Gen X: most of us don’t commit to much of anything anymore.  Even when we say we’ll show up, we don’t. Yes, we’re all terribly busy/overworked/with too many obligations, but so what?  Everyone is!

If you can’t commit, then don’t.  But be sure to keep your promises.  The last label our generation needs is that of “flaky”.

KYP-it!

The Prospect List

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

I met with a very interesting person this week in sales, who actually gave me an entire list of people she’s prospecting.  Not a list of specific people, per se, but types of people.  I thought this was absolutely clever, and absolutely fascinating, and got me thinking about my very own prospect list, should I ever make one…officially.

So…here goes (my hack attempt at Erin Albert’s Prospect List)…if you know any of the following and can provide an introduction, awesome.  Please email me.

My prospect list – who do you know in any of the following categories?
Started a billion $ company, from scratch:
Wrote 10+ nonfiction books:
Been to TED, live or been a TED Fellow:
Won a Nobel Prize:
Published, consistently, multi-million dollar selling books:
Won an Oscar:
Won a Pulitzer Prize:
Runs a state:
Runs a country:
Started a kick-butt, super clever, one-of-a-kind Not for Profit: 
Is happy with their lives, 100% of the time:
Is the most successful person in your profession (if it is you, the second best):
Taught, and 95% or more of their students went on to college:
Is the very best at his or her chosen profession (outside of your own):
Person in your life who always makes you and others feel like a rock star:
Single, fantastic, and proud:
Negotiated a peace treaty between 2 countries that stuck: 

Even if you don’t know people in these categories -if you have a spare couple of minutes, you might want to try this exercise and write your very own prospect list.  That way, when you meet new people, you can hand over your sheet and watch them go through your list.  

Besides, the universe usually brings you what you’re looking for when you need it.

Erecting Elevation

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Ok – time to talk about you and your impact on the world: when was the last time you praised, elevated, nominated or told someone else any of the following–nice work, good job, you rock, or awesome…?  If you can’t remember, maybe it is time you did so.

I’m quite sure nominating committees here in central Indiana and elsewhere think I’m completely nuts, because I tend to send in a lot of nominations for good peeps doing good work.  However, this is one habit I’m never going to give up, because uplifting others not only helps them, but makes the world we live in to be a better place. Besides, if you leave it up to someone else to do – what if it never gets done?

While it is nice to be asked to support someone’s nomination, wouldn’t it be better to be proactive and spring it on people who you know are doing good work, by volunteering to nominate them without the ask? Especially now, because we are all focused on the basics these days–like keeping our jobs and doing the best we can at work.  This however, only can lead to the idea that it is even more important now than ever to elevate others for the good, hard, dedicated work they are cranking out.

So, consider taking a challenge this week: try nominating someone doing good work for an award you heard about….OR, if you hear about an award, who do you know that might fit it?  Go ahead and nominate them, even if it takes a little of your time.  Why?  Because it not only is the right thing to do, but it is a good thing to do, too.  If you can’t find an award, just send a thanks or a piece of praise to the person…and watch the mythical bonus points light up the universe!  You have the power to make someone’s day.

Healthcare Reform

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Granted, this might not be the sexist topic for all; but, President Obama thinks it is the topic of greatest importance in his video address this week on YouTube.

First off, aren’t we ALL calling for healthcare reform?  There are even commercials on TV about groups that are calling for it.  Everyone is calling for it – but just like Lassie, if we are calling for blank reform without any ideas on what that is, the notion of reform is just as lost as the dog.  We must begin by looking at what other countries have done in order to solve the healthcare riddle.

So, although it is still in draft format, I sent President Obama a copy of book 5, or Who’s Who in Global Healthcare written by the pharmacy students at Butler University last academic year.  I figured his cabinet could use a preview copy.  I was tired of everyone calling for something that isn’t going to come easily and readily on its own.  

If you have suggestions on healthcare reform (rather than just calling for it like everyone else) suggest it to your congressman or congresswoman, or your senator, your president, or all of the above.  ESPECIALLY if you are in healthcare. Otherwise, without getting involved as a healthcare professional, you run the risk of a bunch of politicians designing your work and business…and do they know your business and work better than you?

Calling for it alone won’t fix anything….it is action that will actually bring about change and the reform we’ve all been so desperate to find.

Writing Professionally

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

I like this article from The Times on different ways to write and earn a living.  

Best advice?  “Write. Write. Write.”

A Funky Week

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Everyone at one point or another in their lives experiences a funky week.  This past week happened to be one of those for moi.  More of my friends were laid off, a couple of (less than stellar) law school grades came out, I can’t mange to get over my sore shoulder, and I in general didn’t get all the writing and stuff done I wanted to get done last week.  (I know, I won’t bore you with more whining – as I previously posted, that’s not an option.)  Instead, I channeled my negative chi and worked on shoveling off my home office desk and did a pretty good job of it today.  

In my stack of stuff, I found an email from the Universe.  As I’ve previously written, message from the universe is one of my favorite daily emails.  Here was it from Thursday June 4th (oh so appropriate, as the universe just would be, in the middle of my funkiness):

“I should think one would look fondly back over their [non-sore] shoulder, e, at all the times in their life when they were overcharged, tricked, or taken advantage of, because for every single one of these transgressions, they’ll be paid back like a Rock Star on an international stadium tour, hanging out with the coolest cats, flying on private jets, eating Ho Hos, and being waited on hand and foot by their former transgressors.  If that’s their thing, you know.  And that’s in addition to all of the other incredibly wonderful things that will be happening to them forever and ever, as they do for all people.  See you in the ‘VIP’, –The Universe.”

So, if you too find yourself in the middle of the funk (UGH!), read the above paragraph, grab a box of ho hos, and put on your favorite band tour T-Shirt that you overpaid for at the last concert you attended, and ROCK IT OUT!  Hopefully we’ll all be out of the funk soon…

Your Personal Triumvirate

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Bob Dylan had a red guitar, three chords and the truth.  (And subsequently, so did Jimi Hendrix, U2, Elton John, and the Grateful Dead when they covered his lyrics.)

There were 3 wise men.  They got to carry gold, frankincense, and myrrh (expensive, rare, cool stuff back in the day).  There were also 3 Bee Gees, 3 Charlie’s Angles, and 3 tenors.

You have you (that’s one) – but what are the other 2 that make you an awesome, off-the-hook, fantastically sparkling individual?  I was goofing around this morning on a coffee high and wrote that I have my coffee, my laptop, and my brain – which is my triumvirate of writing!

Be on the lookout for your personal triumvirate.  If you find it, you just might be on your personally fantastically sparkling path!

Pilin’ on the Myelin

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

After earnestly attempting to read all my criminal law for class, I took a quick break this morning to read some brain candy (a new book entitled, The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle, and it sounds to me like I need to get some more myelin in my life!  

For all you non-neuroscience peeps out there (myself included), myelin is the stuff that wraps itself around nerve fibers…kind of like insulation for nerve fibers. But, neuroscientists are finding that there’s a lot more to myelin than just insulation – thicker, more piled on myelin can increase the transmission – speed, strength, etc of a message along the neurons.  Coyle interviews folks at the NIH to say that myelin is like the brain’s T3 line (as opposed to dial up).  When it comes to talent, those at the top of their professional games have tons of myelin around their neurons.  The best way to build more myelin is to fail – repeat, fail again, and keep pounding the neuron with mistakes over and over to get really good at something.  Coyle coins the term in his book of ‘deep practice’…

…if I could only pile on that myelin and hit some deep criminal law practice, I’d be all set for summer school.  Pile on the myelin, my good people!