The secrets to a successful life? Wow. I’m hesitant to put myself anywhere
near the top of that list. But since Pete
Reilly tagged me, I’ll share a few things that seem to be working pretty
well for me right now…
- Persistence. Over time, water, ice, and wind created the
Grand Canyon. I try to be that persistent on matters that matter.
- Patience. Of course persistence requires patience and the
ability to hold a long-term goal in my head for, well, a long term. I also work
very hard to remain calm when life, people, and other bumps in the road occur.
It’s a lot less stressful when I can say, “Let it flow over you. Be patient. It
will all be fine in the end.”
- Finding something I care about. Once I’ve identified
something I care about deeply, I try not to let anything or anyone stop me from
doing it. If it requires ignoring people, taking a new job, moving to a new
place, so be it. Excellence requires passion.
- Listening. Genuine listening – truly being in the moment
with people and hearing what they have to tell you – is extremely powerful.
- Good cheer. I’m an optimist. I’m happy. I try to have a
smile on my face as much as possible. People like happy people. I like being a
happy person. I strongly believe in the power of personal choice. It’s not the
situation; it’s how we respond to the situation that dictates our
- Joy in little things. Children’s giggles. A crisp sunny
winter morning. A positive blog comment. The twinkle in my wife’s eye. I make it
a point to find the joy in little things. The accumulation of a multitude of
little delights sustains me when more challenging times arise.
- Spending time around little children. I’m a huge advocate
of spending as much time around 2– to 9–year-olds as possible. Their laughter is
infectious, their joy de vivre is catching. Preschools and elementary
schools are happy places. Soak in the joy.
- Technology helps. Spreadsheets, a shared online calendar
with my wife, mail merge, the ability to type fast, etc. I wouldn’t be nearly as
productive without my mastery of some basic technology skills. I am both more
effective and efficient because of digital technologies.
- Keep it simple. Simplicity helps bring clarity. For
example, we have only two family rules for our kids: be nice and be safe. So far
we haven’t come across anything that doesn’t fall under one of those
for the invite, Pete. I hope this is what you were looking for. Although I
typically don’t forward these kind of things along, in this instance I’ll tag a
few folks to hear what they might have to say. FYI, this meme