As we consider New Year’s resolutions, many of us ask, “what is my purpose?” As an active Rotarian, what resonates with me on the deepest level is Rotary’s motto: The Four Way Test. This is the idea of “Service above Self.”
When was the last time you took on a period of major growth in your life?
Looking back on my own life, there are so many times this has been planned. Other times, I have been pushed or pulled into major transitions. This could mean moving from one’s hometown to the college experience or perhaps out of your parents’ house into your first apartment. Perhaps your mind goes to that first international trip and the opportunity to have the first stamp in your newly acquired passport.
Celebrations and marking years are a way to look back on how far we’ve come. For a young business, each new year of surviving another step in the process is not only something to mark, but something to celebrate. It is the steady, consistent effort of constantly looking for ways to improve and become more efficient which allows us to reach the markers in our journeys.
When you first think of capacity you might think of a limit. That’s one place to start, but I want to mold the definition further from there. What is my current capacity? You could apply this thought to your physical life, your professional life, your relationships or perhaps even your ability to think, reason, and function in life.
There are times in life when circumstances overtake us and throw us into the fray without our knowledge. Other times, an opportunity or challenge arises when we know exactly what we’re getting into. Regardless, during these times there is a lull often called the “silence before the storm."
The advice to “Think Big Picture” is perhaps the second-most clichéd prescription for mental hygiene in America today. (The first being, ironically, to “Think Outside the Box”). Hardly anyone would argue against thinking big picture, but what does it actually mean, and how do we do it?
Nick here. I'm back in action after a several week blog-sabbatical. I separated my right pectoral muscle from my arm in a surfing accident a few weeks ago, so while I've going through surgery and rehab Rob has filled in for me on the blog-writing front. Thanks Rob! (Also, I noticed that one of one of my posts from earlier this year, Surfing and Adversity, was uncannily prescient).
This past week I had one of the more profound experiences of community while visiting my hometown of Port Angeles, WA. Community is defined as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. The power of community in our personal lives, our businesses, and other passionate endeavors for me is like putting rocket fuel on an already existing flame.
A few years ago I was introduced to a guy affectionately referred to as Uncle Ned. He is described as one of the most responsible people in his family, a finance professional highly established in his industry, and a big goofball. When asked why he is so laid back in his personal life and childlike in behavior, he replied, “My job is so serious and a really big deal. I like to separate from it and enjoy the simple and worthwhile things in life like messing around with my family.”