The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

That successful people create their own love, meaning and motivation implies it’s all up to you. How will you create your next opportunity?

The notion of having two “main philosophies” to drive your decisions is interesting. What are your main philosophies?bonsai tree

My main drivers are fun and money on the professional side. Not as altruistic as deGrasse Tyson, but authentic to me. When I’m considering a work project, I ask: 1) will I enjoy this, regardless of the outcome; and 2) will a positive outcome have enough of an upside to say NO to other things. What are the questions you ask yourself to decide on a commitment or goal?

 

If you want help staying focused on your big goal for 2015, I will be co-presenting a webinar on Focus with peak performance coach Renita Kalhorn (she coaches Navy SEAL candidates on mental toughness!). Full details on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/focus-make-2015-the-year-things-happen-tickets-15308583385

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John Lennon on Happiness

January 21, 2015

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. – John Lennon

Look at the measurements most people track – 401k balance, credit score, performance at work, last year’s or next year’s bonus or raise. How do you measure happiness?

For me, happiness is when I don’t feel so stretched for time and can allocate my energy and attention to prioritize outside my business. So in 2015, this means I’ll be cooking more (prioritizing family who loves it when I cook), doing more comedy (I jumped in last week after 6 months of a break and did a set at Gotham, and Jerry Seinfeld dropped in as a surprise guest!), and I’ll be working on my real estate portfolio (yes, my outside interests even unrelated to my main business are business-related).Please, please, please

How will you incorporate more happiness into 2015?

If you want help staying focused on your big goal for 2015, I will be co-presenting a webinar on Focus with peak performance coach Renita Kalhorn (she coaches Navy SEAL candidates on mental toughness!). Full details on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/focus-make-2015-the-year-things-happen-tickets-15308583385

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Alfred Perlman on Starting Over

December 17, 2014

After you’ve done a thing the same way over two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over. –  Alfred Perlman End of year is usually when people get introspective. Take advantage of that reflection and ask the big question […]

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Richard Sapit on Time and the Trivial

December 10, 2014

Time has a wonderful way of weeding out the trivial. - Richard Sapit We’re almost at the end of another year. What did you spend it on? Did you worry about things that didn’t happen? Did you complain about slights that no longer matter or problems that worked themselves out? What do you want to carry over […]

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Barbara Sher on Now

December 3, 2014

“Now” is the operative word. Everything you put in your way is just a method of putting off the hour when you could actually be doing your dream. You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating. - Barbara Sher What […]

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Dave Barry On Potential

November 26, 2014

If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be:  “meetings.  – Dave Barry If you didn’t laugh out loud at this quote, then check your pulse. Even if you didn’t think it was LOL funny as […]

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William Feather On Happiness

November 19, 2014

Some people are making such thorough plans for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine. — William Feather I’m very guilty of this one, as I am a worrier. (I also harbor grudges so if I’m not worrying about the future, I’m stewing about the past!). Are you so focused on problems that you […]

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Christopher Reeve On Possibility

November 12, 2014

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. – Christopher Reeve  This is so true of big goals. Graduation seems daunting to a child, but we’ve done it multiple times – elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and […]

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Edith Wharton On Happiness

November 5, 2014

If only we’d stop trying to be happy we’d have a pretty good time –  Edith Wharton Less striving, more celebrating. Less effort, more enjoyment. How can you have fun right now?

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Ben Stein On Achievement

October 29, 2014

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this; decide what you want. – Ben Stein One exercise I give all of my clients when deciding on the ideal next job is to make a list of everything they want. This typically numbers in the dozens – salary, bonus, […]

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