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Avoiding career trauma

Spring Grove, PA
At the bottom of Main Street, next to the railroad tracks and the Paper Mill is this Apartment complex (an old hotel) where i lived as a toddler.

The most remarkable workers are the ones who are irrationally passionate about being remarkable.

Being remarkable is doing the same work that others do, but in a way that is different, refreshing, and better. The better and different way is generally created by taking small risks to incrementally improve the traditional way. No one notices as it is being formed, until one day. These “changers” are called misfits, the crazy ones, the round pegs in a square hole, the dreamers.

To not perform remarkably, for them, would be trauma to their career.

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The power of sincere feedback

College dining hall
Turned around last night to grab a photo of where we just finished eating dinner.
encouraging text message
This encouraging text message about my new Podcast arrived while we had dinner in Baltimore last night.

The power of sincere feedback. And i quote:

“Your joy is so pervasive in your delivery.”

A positive blind spot.

Didn’t know.

Why?

No one told me before.

It’s a hope that listeners feel it. Yet without validation, all you can do is wonder. 

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Is this my last Christmas?

Great moments are born from great opportunity.

 

Is this my last Christmas?

Who knows.

Do you know yours?

Christmas means nothing without Easter.

God-willing, i will see one more Easter.

 

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17 days on $200 cash

Bicycling through the San Juan Islands
We got a window seat for lunch this day, while island-hopping through Washington State’s San Juan Islands.

 

i knew one thing for sure as a newlywed – doing something unique, perhaps even unconventional, would be way more memorable than doing the stereotypical honeymoon, which by the way, there was no way i (we) could afford.

Our 17-days (there was no predetermined length before embarking on the honeymoon) of travel were paid for with the $200 cash we carried with us.

That’s some crazy math: $200 to cover 17 travel days.

PS. There was that one night, when we stayed in Victoria, British Columbia motel, where we used Cheryl’s credit card. The campground was too far away, so we splurged.

 

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Comparison is the thief of joy

expectations gap and unhappiness
Facebook insidiously leaves us unhappy as we view everyone’s “Life Highlights Reel”.

 

expectations gap and unhappiness
Never let your memories be bigger than your dreams. Right?

 

expectations gap and unhappiness
Person B is always happier, statistically through research.

 

expectations gap and unhappiness
The culprit for unhappiness…

 

Comparison is the thief of joy.

Comparing what we want (expect) to happen and what actually happens.

Comparing what happens to others (the good stuff) to what happens to us.

Comparing our past memories of our world to the world we see today with all our adult responsibilities.

 

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