Frankly…It’s Friday

TGIF, right?  I don’t know about yours, but my week has been action-packed. I’m ready for the weekend.  Here are some of my take-aways from the week.

1. Patience is a virtue.

Do you remember life before your iphone..or even before the Zach Morris mobile phone?  Okay, maybe some of you are too young to even fathom the “olden days,” but back then…we waited.  We had no choice.  We sent resumes, love letters, thank-you notes and party invitations in the mail (you know—at the post office)…and we waited for a response. If we couldn’t connect with someone during office hours, while they were sitting at their desks, we had to wait until they were back and had time to return our calls. Today, in our ability to reach people anytime and anywhere, we expect that they will get back to us – anytime and from anywhere.  Just because you see a green dot next to their name, it doesn’t mean they are avoiding you.  Give companies time to respond to your online resumes and friends to respond to your texts.  You don’t know what is going on in their worlds.  Give them the benefit of the doubt and give yourself a break from the send/receive button.  While we’ve come to expect instant gratification, patience is still a virtue.  Have some.

2. “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” (Epictetus)

LISTEN – and I don’t mean just to yourself!  I met someone this week who makes a living by consulting others, but interrupted me every time I was trying to answer one of his questions. I can’t imagine what he took away from our conversation. You learn a hell of a lot more when you close your mouth and open your ears.

3. “People are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” (FDR)

I talked to a number of smart, talented people this week who want to make career changes, but gave me a bunch of reasons about why they “can’t.” They don’t have this, they don’t have that, nobody would ever consider them…really—how do they know? They said they don’t really know, but they just assume so, and then they don’t even try.  It’s amazing what can happen when we put limits on ourselves – and what can happen when we take them away.

4. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

Sometimes it seems so much easier stay home in your sweats – trust me, I know.  This week I was juggling a lot on a little sleep.  I had things to do and people to see – I had to be “on” and at my best. In the end, as much as I was tempted to stay in bed, I was really glad I did it all.  I would have missed out on a lot if I hadn’t.

What did you learn this week?

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