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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Trust your people to find the solution

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The entire circle needs a creative solution so that it becomes easily readable on a mobile device.


Trust your people to find the solution.

Patience is a virtue.

Learn, and relearn, how to not micro-manage.




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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.


Do You Lead Or Inspire?

Time For Business Week?
Time For Business Week?

Found this article by Alaina Love from The Purpose Link, sharing her Business Week article: “You Can Lead. But Can You Inspire?”

Click here to read about the ten attributes senior managers need to lead their organizations through the recession and the demoralizing consequences on their workforce.

You see it and hear it every day. In the world news and in the hallways of your own organization. There are demoralizing consequences from this brutal recession.

We are way past managing in today’s world. You know it and I know it. The antidote is inspiration.

Which leads us back to the original question, “Is there a doctor in the house?”

Four Tips to Be World Class

How does a person or an organization become world class, and stay world class? Here are four tips to do just that.  First, however we need to state the obvious:

It’s a double edge sword isn’t it?  If consistency is the hallmark or quality, and continuous improvement is the key to becoming (and sustaining) world class status, how do you balance risk and reward?

Let’s use this example from yesterday.

As a professional speaker, there are several goals for every presentation:

  • Give a speech to change the world
  • Never give the same speech twice
  • Ask great questions
  • Get the audience to reveal the key points

Let’s review from a different angle, what you just read:

  • Have passion and faith that impossible is possible
  • Be authentic, not going through the motions
  • Know where you want to go and be prepared to get there
  • Lead, don’t manage

The second set of bullet points states the common sense theories that we all nod our heads in agreement when we hear them.

The first set illustrates how I internalized these common sense things to make them work for my particular role in the business world.

Now it’s your turn. Take the four common sense bullet points and make them your own.  Tomorrow, I’ll share how practicing what I preach led to an amazing result.

You don’t have to any of this.  And maybe that’s a leader’s biggest challenge, doing what’s easier rather than what’s harder.  So here’s a fifth tip – being world class means out working your competition.  Most people hate to admit this.  And then they wonder why they aren’t world class.

The Stone Cold Truth

A few days ago, I promised to write more about the phrase, “the stone cold truth“. Here’s a start.

It’s a rarely used asset in much of the corporate world. Why?

Because most of us are trained to be nice to people. When we actually hear the truth, we often don’t feel good about. Why?

I think it’s because we don’t get it enough and therefore it surprises us so much, that it actually hurts. Blind spots are called that because of the key word, blind – can’t see it.

The next post is just a small taste of what I’m scratching the surface on. Happy Tuesday,  jeff noel