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Professional Notes on the “Good Life”

December 29, 2010

The holidays aren’t necessarily my favorite time of year; however, they do provide me the opportunity to be around family, friends and my own thoughts on the things I’ve learned (*ahem*) with age, that never let my cup get half empty.

1. always assume the best (and best intentions) in others

– starting by providing the “benefit of the doubt” to others is HUGE
– find what goal you share in common – ignore the rest – and work towards it

2. spend the majority of your time on the things that will make the biggest difference

– never confuse activity for accomplishment

3. quit taking the opinions of people you don’t respect so seriously

– spend your time with those you admire, trust and demonstrate behaviors you respect
– quick clue: people who lack the ability to trust, shouldn’t be trusted…

4. stop talking (and talking ABOUT)

– there are plenty of people who can identify problems and spout ideas…
– be someone who can identify solutions and participate in the hard work

5. let go of “credit” – thank others – be modest

– sharing ideas, responsibility and knowledge is a true talent
– the ACCOMPLISHMENT is more important than WHO accomplished it

6. be transparent

– if you have an “agenda,” share it
– if you have an opinion, share it
– debate is healthy, masking intentions is not

OK. So that’s a simple list, but professionally, tough work. Too much time is spent in offices around America on negative chatter, self-promotion and passive-aggressive behaviors that should leave the average person ashamed when he/she lays down at night.

Drama is gross.
Insecurity is a disease.
People who need support for their opinions are weenies.

Be your best somebody.
Talk to God.
Share your love.
Connect to how you make a difference.
Leave the rest behind.
Conquer the world.

Happy New Year.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. BECKY L FLANSBURG permalink
    December 29, 2010 9:27 pm

    EXCELLENT list!

  2. Sarah Bach-Bergs permalink
    January 3, 2011 3:46 pm

    LOVE IT HEATHER! LOVE IT! What a great list. Things we ALL need to be reminded of from time to time. Thanks for the breath of fresh air! Happy Day to you!

  3. Nicole Scheler permalink
    January 3, 2011 4:25 pm

    Regarding: Professional Notes on the “Good Life”

    By far one of the most inspiring blog posts ever. This SHOULD be a way of life for everyone working in the professional world and in my personal opinion, this should be a given on any day “at the office” or better yet, in life.
    We should all Be more Random about life and of course, worry less 🙂
    Thanks for giving me a great start to my 2011!

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