A friend of a friend recently went to the bookstore at Harvard. She asked the person at the cash what book had the highest sales in the store. The employee said, “The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness by Epictetus – A New Interpretation by Sharon Lebell.”
So I had to pick it up of course. Continue reading
I watched marketing guru Seth Godin speaking this week about something I hadn’t heard before. He spoke of Josiah Wedgewood, an English potter and abolitionist from the 1700s. Wedgewood made a quality product and told the right tale to have his dishes and bowls selling across Europe and beyond. In fact, many people have Wedgewood plates in their homes today, hundreds of years later. He was the father of marketing as he came up with the concepts of free delivery, money back guarantee and mail order.
And guess who Josiah Wedgewood’s grandson was? Continue reading
I saw a meme on social media this week that said, “Be scared and do it anyway. Be under-qualified, and get in the room anyway. Be messy, imperfect, and unsure and show up anyway. Comfort is the enemy of growth. Get uncomfortable.”
I have always told my kids that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Embrace the fear, remember you don’t have all the answers, but start. Continue reading
A friend told me this week that a good mantra is, “Everything is working out.”
Not, “Everything is working out how it is supposed to.”
Those last five words attach expectations to the sentiment.
And expectations are what lead to disappointment.
If you expect nothing, everything is a gift. Continue reading
How often do we look in the mirror and not like what we see? Judge ourselves or listen to those judging us?
Only we know our story. Our struggles. Our obstacles. Our dreams.
And the only person who is truly with us from birth until we start the next journey is ourselves. Continue reading
As we look towards September, it’s such a time of change. New grades, new adventures, new addresses, new friends, new subjects.
We must remember that we have all we need to do new things. Hard things. Things we haven’t done before. Continue reading
I remember Oprah telling the story about when she first read The Color Purple. She was so moved that she bought the book for everyone and had a backpack full of copies. She handed them out wherever she went.
Then she heard they were making the book into a movie. She had to be in it. But she had never acted before and was working on a news show in Chicago. Producer Quincy Jones was in Chicago for business, and he happened to see her on his hotel television. He put her name forward for the role. Continue reading
I was listening to Freakonomics Radio this week and heard philosopher Scott Hershovitz say that philosophy is the art of thinking. It was actually one of his young children who gave that definition.
He said that kids are all natural philosophers. They ask questions like, “Why is the sky blue? Why does a lemon taste sour and sugar taste sweet?”
Then as adults, we tend to stop marinating those thoughts. We are full steam ahead. We are inclined to follow societal norms and accept the current answers and the ways of doing things. Continue reading
You have to be what you want to see.
I heard that line recently and it reminded me that the power lies within.
As Glinda the Good Witch told Dorothy, “You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.”
And on the journey of learning about our power, we end up growing in ways we never dreamed of before. Continue reading
Barack Obama once said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. I really needed to be reminded of this. Rather than waiting for the phone to ring or the promotion to come or the lottery machine to start ringing, we just need to look in the mirror. Continue reading