This past week one of my favorite guys and myself celebrated a birthday. I’m happy to report that I’m the younger one. In fact, Abe Lincoln is 203.
For those of you who know me well know I’m not a holiday girl. Don’t get me wrong, I love to celebrate, I just believe that everyday you are above ground is a celebration and special, instead of making a big deal about the traditional Hallmark days.
As I added another year to my timeline this week, I reflected on some of the most meaningful threads that make up my fabric. I put together 52, and yes there is a reason for that number, I hope you enjoy.
These are not in order of priority.
1.) I used to think the number one factor in success was cash flow, this is a myth, it is self-confidence.
2.) Guilt, regret and worry are by far the most unproductive mind trips.
3.) More self-responsibility by everyone will improve the world. The government, your boss, your partner, your job, your clients and the next moron you encounter at the gas station can suck and impact a nice day. OK, what part of that situation can you control?
4.) Life is short. Live like it was your last day.
5.) I have over 10-deceased friend’s contact info in my iphone.
6.) Nobody or no thing can really make you happy.
7.) Peoples’ behavior, cash flow and things can definitely alter your mood.
8.) I can’t tolerate whiners, racists or people who don’t wear deodorant.
9.) Patience is not one of my virtues.
10.) Listening to music, playing tennis and winning are three of my top favorite past times.
11.) My all time favorite book is “ The Pocket Pema Chodrom”. 2nd favorite Brand Turnaround and a close tie StraightForward: Ways to live and lead.
12.) Hair color is by far one of the most important inventions in history.
13.) Unless you buy lottery tickets and win, delegation is a critical skill for success.
14.) If you give crappy instructions, you will get disappointing results.
15.) Awards are exciting, but the journey is where the riches are.
16.) Friends and relationships should add to your life. If they don’t, they are useless weights that should be dismissed.
17.) Design is really important. The elements of beauty, emotion and ease of experience make life better.
18.) If you don’t have a strong sense of humor, you won’t be strong in personal relationships.
19.) Spelling is important to many people. I’m not one of them.
20.) I wish dogs and other animals could talk.
21.) I wish some people would talk less.
22.) I hate mushrooms, phone trees (when you call for help hit #1 for this, hit #2 for that) and bureaucrats.
23.) Three of the biggest fashion crimes: men wearing too much jewelry, women wearing panty hose with sandals and long fingernails on both.
24.) There are way too many unproductive meetings held everyday.
25.) Thoughtful agendas and a meeting marshall can fix this.
26.) “Play up” in everything you do. This means hang with people and companies that are more accomplished than you and play sports with athletes who are better than you.
27.) Invest in you. Attend workshops, hire expert coaches and treat yourself often.
28.) Don’t always believe your mind. Sometimes it thinks up really stupid and damaging thoughts.
29.) Do follow your gut. It knows a lot more than you might expect.
30.) Appearance matters. Youthfulness, fitness, grooming, your teeth and wardrobe make a difference in business.
31.) Exercise is the best medication going. It sharpens your brain, provides more mental bandwidth and wards off evil stress.
32.) Self-promotion is not a bad thing. Anyone who tries to convince you otherwise is likely not too successful.
33.) The art of leverage is among the most important skills a successful person should master.
34.) No risk. No reward. Period.
35.) Bad fruit never gets better. You can fire clients, friends, spouses and brands. If they do not add to your happiness, get rid of them. NOW!
36.) Casting blame is often an action of a loser. Even train wrecks require willful passengers to pick the car, track and place it’s headed.
37.) Optimism is a virtue. I am an eternal optimist.
38.) The only person you can control or change is yourself.
39.) Don’t trust too soon. Don’t trust everybody and don’t harbor the past. But do file away any deceptive players in your experience cabinet.
40.) Market research has its place. However, it is not a crystal ball. Just ask Coke-Cola.
41.) You don’t have to like everyone. But you do need to respect everyone and their unique beliefs.
42.) When drinking wine or other adult libations cell phones, ipads and computers should not be present. In other words, communicating while under the influence of mind altering substances can come with risks.
43.) The past only matters if you choose to live there.
44.) Pole-vaulting to conclusions and writing the future can cause physical and mental anguish. Let life happen. Live in the present.
45.) Failure is the fastest way to success. And Failure is a temporary event.
46.) It’s never too late to start something, change something or be a better person.
47.) I like and enjoy breaking rules and I get annoyed by people who can’t go there.
48.) Often, I love acting my shoe size instead of my age. Playfulness, being spontaneous, independent and free to choose everything are a few of my driving values.
49.) I still don’t understand why our creators created cellulite, any moles or facial hair on women.
50.) My single greatest achievement: being a happy entrepreneur and controlling my destiny.
51.) You do not need to master everything. But what you do love doing—make it a masterpiece.
52.) Be the joy you want to experience everyday and life will never disappoint you.