The Myth of Busyness

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 These days, it feels like everyone is busy, jumping from one job to the next and forgoing sleep because we don’t have enough time for everything we need and want to do. Our culture seems to glorify busyness, assuming that anyone who isn’t constantly occupied must be either lazy or non-essential. Being busy has become a badge of importance and a sign of how much we’re needed. Unfortunately, you can be extremely¬†busy but still not …
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Outside my boat

Trying to change or control what we can’t only results in torment. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. Charlie Jones was an award winning sportscaster. In 1996, he was working for NBC and he had already covered the Olympic Games twice. The 1996 games were held in Atlanta, GA and Charlie was assigned to cover rowing, canoeing and kayaking. Charlie was disappointed when he was told which sports he would cover. Very few people watch those events — mostly a few ardent fans and the immediate families of the participants. Also, those competitions would take place an hour outside of Atlanta, …
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Why ask “why”?

More information is always better than less. Simon Sinek 1973 – When you’re charged with a task, whether it’s at work, at home, or with friends, does the reason why matter? Does your manager try to motivate you by instilling a sense of purpose in your work? Do you try to motivate family members by sharing why you want them to do things a certain way? We often focus on the tasks we want done and the desired results, yet fail to understand the importance of why. To illustrate the point, let me share an experiment done by Professor Adam …
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