12 Life Lessons I Learned from the Director of "Boyhood" Richard Linklater in 6 minutes and 33 seconds on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
1. Sometimes we need a “bigger canvas” in our life. Small thinking doesn’t serve us and we need to step way back for a bigger view of what’s possible. Linklater wanted to tell a story about growing up and most of the stories about kids are just a moment in time. He wanted to show it all and said “I needed a bigger canvas.”
Photo by Sean Foreman
2. Find a cool way to tell your story. It makes for a much better story. Linklater thought it would be cool to show adults in his story actually g…
Get Gutsy...Wake Up and Go to Sleep!
“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?"
I never imagined I would be writing on the topic of sleep, but I know what the impact is of not getting enough of it on my ability to think, act, and react. It's not good. I also know how getting enough sleep makes me feel ready, confident, and capable. I prefer getting enough sleep.Most importantly, as Hemingway implies in the above quote, sleep allows me to get away from it all.
Men vs Women...NOT!
“Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you’re driving at another.” - George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) “Pygmalion” (1913)
I spent many years of my career climbing the proverbial ladder in Corporate America. I did what I think is typical of so many women who want to succeed in their careers and be promoted into leadership positions. I looked at who was above me, modeled them, was mentored by them, and got promoted by th…
Why Getting Gutsy is Important to Me
Have you ever had someone say something to you that shook your world and made you feel totally worthless? Well, I can relate.
I grew up in a home where both my parents worked. My Dad worked during the day and my Mom at night. I very rarely saw my Mom when I was growing up. The only time I saw her was in the morning when she would wake my brother, my sister and I up and get us off to school; after school until 4:30 when she left for job; and then for ½ hour at 8:00 at night when she would c…
I Can't Have This Hanging Over My Head In Nepal
Last week, I got a letter in the mail from the IRS. The dreaded letter all business owners never want to see. It informed me that I was being audited for my 2012 business expenses. They were not auditing one or two categories. Nope. I was being audited for all 23 expense categories for that year.
The good news is that I keep very good records of my business and I’m very, very honest on my taxes.
The bad news is they want all this by September 30. The same date my book manuscript is due to m…
Bringing Compassion to our Work
I spent a lot of my career in the business world working for someone as an employee. From the very beginning, I took great pride at being very professional. I was educated and programmed (yes, I said programmed), to always think and act like a "professional".
This was programmed through employee orientations where expectations were set of what behavior was valued, through observing other successful individuals in the company, and through evaluations where one wa…
Eight Ways to Be Cool!
"If you are distressed by any external thing, it is not this thing which disturbs you, but your own judgment about it. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now." - Author Unknown
Let's face it. Stress is really hurting us. If you don't think so, read the following statistics from the American Psychological Association.
Three quarters of Americans experience symptoms related to stress in a given month:
77% experience physical symptoms
"Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from." - Al Franken
Fail Fabulously. I first heard this term when I was attending coach training. I disliked it from the moment I heard it. What was fabulous about failing? Failing was failing and you couldn't convince me that it was a fabulous experience.
Admit it. We all make mistakes. I…
Appreciation: The Unexpected Bliss
"Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary." - Margaret Cousins