Category Archives: Pursuit of Happiness

Inspiration Wednesday… Change the World.

I’ve decided to add an Inspiration Wednesday section, because I think it’s a healthy reminder that anything is possible.

When I left a job I loved at Microsoft for island life, many were skeptical. I wrote this great email to all of my colleagues that High Risk = High Return. Six months later people still tell me that it was the best departure email that they’ve ever read. I suppose it’s because the email is a clear reflection of me and my pursuit of happiness. I haven’t changed the world yet, but I sincerely hope I’ll have the opportunity to try.

I’m a PC Geek, but I can’t help but love Apple’s old ad Think Differently because it showcases people that rise up to challenges and make a lasting imprint on the world. Sometimes change is what we find when we open ourselves up to a world of possibilities. I could not have said it better, Think Differently.

Sometimes happiness sounds better with a Y. I love Will’s speech to his son, coaching him to pursue his dreams: “You want something go get it, period.” – Pursuit of Happyness Movie

I grew up with an inspirational friend without arms and legs. This next video reminds me of her and her passion for life. If you look into her eyes, you’ll quickly realize that there is nothing she can’t do – thanks for the powerful lesson in life Lindsay. Nick Juvicic has a similar story – “I Love Life”.

Nothing worth pursuing is without risk, but you have to at least attempt it. What are you waiting for?
Happy Inspirational Wednesday.

Charting the Path to Happiness

I couldn’t resist posting the flowchart created by Typecut. It reminds me of the inspirational talk Steve Jobs gave to the 2005 graduating class at Stanford and I quote, “… for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

Don’t ever be afraid to take risks and make calculated changes in your life.

How doing what you believe correlates with growth

Why do you do what you do?

This is the question a new Ted talk asks you to answer
Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon reminds us that people buy because of ‘why you do something’, not ‘what you do’. When you inspire people with your products, your cause, your brand they become ambassadors and they will carry your message on to the public. A Harvard Business Review on loyalty, published in 2001, analyzes a similar point. The number one driver for growth is your customers willingness to evangelize your products, cause or brand. So how do we find these types of people?

I think you need to start with a great group of marketers that believe in what you do. It’s hard to create inspiring ideas if the people you are relying on lack the drive and passion to tell an emotional story. You need to find people that cut through the marketing clutter to create a message worth repeating. At that point, make sure you’ve got insight and know who your customer is and how to reach them. It usually helps to have great analytics people on your team. Finally, look for ways to create emotional connectedness with your customers. If you haven’t tried a hand-written post card to your loyal evangelists, what are you waiting for?

Thanks Simon for a few great quotes to inspire us all:
“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it!”
“We follow those who lead not because we have to, but because we want to.”

Recipe for Happiness

Have you ever wondered if work-life balance is possible?

After spending 60 hours a week working in the Corporate world I thought I knew the answer.  I believed that if you love what you do, there is no point counting the hours you spend doing it.  Call it naivety that opportunity cost was never factored into my equation.   In my case opportunity cost was all the things I gave up; time with friends & family, hobbies like photography & writing and most importantly pursuing my life’s passion.  Since leaving the security of a weekly paycheck I’ve found myself making time for new interests, getting back in touch with old friends and having time to think of creative ways to leave an imprint on the world.  I can’t give you the recipe for happiness, it’s internal to each of us.  I can tell you that I’m perfecting my own equation and so far it looks like this:

Each Day =

  • a splash of fitness
  • exciting work that pays well
  • a dash of creative thinking
  • a great meal with a new recipe
  • a heart full of love for the people around me
  • an open mind
  • a sprinkle of written thought
  • something new

I’m free and I’m open to see opportunity as it presents itself.