Opportunity and the “Attitude of Gratitude”

For sure, life is more fun with an “attitude of gratitude”.  A fine therapist friend of mine tells many of his clients to end each evening by listing three things from the day that they are thankful for.  I’m convinced that when I remember to do this,  I go to sleep more peacefully and have …

The Shadow Side of Performance

“In Working Ourselves to Death, Diane Fassel notes this shadow side: “Everywhere I go it seems people are killing themselves with work, busyness, rushing, caring, and rescuing… John O. Neikirk calls it ‘the pain others applaud’…. I call it the cleanest of all the addictions.  It is socially promoted because it is seemingly socially productive” …

“Work and Play are the Same”

“Work and play are the same.  When you’re following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves.  Work is no longer what you have to do or play what you want to do.  When you are doing what you love, you may work harder and produce …

Smiles and Laughter as a Corporate Goal

Twenty years ago, my colleague Dan* told me, “gettin’ paid and not being miserable is my goal. If I can get those two things, work is alright.  I don’t expect to like my job, but if I do, that’s great.” Damn!  I don’t think that’s the way most people experience their jobs, but I do …

Dreaming, Conversing and Doing math

In general, I find that business owners spend many hours a day working on tasks and talking at other people or being talked at. In general, I think that business owners are running a deficit on daily time spent: dreaming (the imagining kind more than the daydreaming kind, though that part is also useful, conversing …