Winning Attitude

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I met this lady at the shopping outlets a few weeks ago. 


One of the awesome brand stores was running a sale with 70% off!


Check, check–not a gimmick–we race over with the crowd already forming lined up outside the doors. 


This salesperson was there to guide just a few people in at a time–I guess, so the mob wouldn’t rip the joint to sale shreds!


This lady (pictured) had something awesome about her.


Working part time in retail, I’d imagine that it’s not the job’s salary and benefits that is perking her up or “getting her out of bed in the morning.” 


Yet, she had the most unbelievably great attitude. 


She stopped to talk with us and tell us about her background studying and living in Israel during the year, and that she had a twin sister working in the same store for the Summer. 


Her energy and enthusiasm was inspirational and I would imagine could even be contagious to many who let themselves revel in it rather than resist it. 


As people waited on the line, this women offered them her umbrella to stay dry and cool. 


Waiting on line is not the most fun thing, even when it’s for a 70% off sale, but this lady kept everyone smiling and sort of stress free with frequent updates and walking and talking up/down the line.


Listen, we all know people who do the same or similar jobs: one is grouchy, sullen, and is for all intensive purposes miserable all or most of the time; the other is generally smiling and happy to be there learning and contributing, and have the job.


What a difference between these 2 types of people!


And what a enormous contrast between the positive and negative impacts they have on others and on the organization. 


It’s not just what you say and do, but how you go about doing it. 


Yes, we all have various challenges and problems in our lives, but how do you deal with it.


This doesn’t mean you should be a phony baloney head–you need to be genuine and real to be credible and a high-functioning human being–and of course, everyone has bad days. 


But an overall winning attitude goes a long way in life and towards success–for yourself and how you can influence others. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

It’s The Way You Look At Things

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It’s the old saying, “Is the glass half empty or half full?”


You can be a positive Peter or a negative Nellie. 


Your choice–or disposition, perhaps. 


Last week one day when the weather was bad out and I was entering the indoor pool for my laps, someone said to me, “The worse it is out there, the better it is in here.”


And he was right, you can complain about the weather or whatever, but you can appreciate having great indoor facilities or just a roof over your head. 


If you look up, you can be inspired to reach for the next rung, and if you look down you can be grateful for how far you’ve already made it. 


Also, however bad off you might be, there are always others who are worse off. 


As a kid, I remember hearing about the person who was missing a hand and feeling bad about themselves, until they meet someone who was missing both arms. 


I do recall in actuality riding the NYC subways and poor people would come through the end doors between the cars (not allowed on the DC Metro) to go begging from money through the train–the unbelievable thing was that they were just a stump of a body from the waste up (no lower body whatsoever!) getting around by sliding themselves on a skateboard inches of the ground–can you imagine that? 


Perspective…my father used to say, “Smile and the whole world smiles with you.”


Sometimes just the motion (even if it’s just an act) of putting on that happy face can actually transform you to being happier. 


No, not a placebo effect, but like the Jewish notion that from doing can actually come the feeling.


In other words, just try–there is so much to be positive about and thankful for–not just on Thanksgiving–coming up next week–but all year round. 


Life is a journey full of learning and growing–not a destination. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Dreams Can All Be Good

DreamSo the Rabbi’s wife told us a neat idea about dreams (which was very poetic in Hebrew). 


Basically it goes like this:


“If you have a good dream then your day is good, because you remember that good dream 


And even if you have a bad dream then your day is still good, because you are no longer dreaming.” 


It’s nice when you can come out a winner and have a good day no matter what happens in your dreams at night. 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Nesster)

Guillotine, Other Options Plz

Revolution

I took this photo of a bumper sticker on a pickup truck in Washington, D.C.


“Stop Bitching. Start A Revolution.”


So I’m thinking this is not the type of message you like to see in the capital of the country. 


But looking beyond the call by whomever for a forcible overthrow of the government (yeah, hopefully they don’t mean it)…


Perhaps what they do mean for people to do something more than just complain about the things they see that are wrong or broken, and instead to do something positive. 


Not a real revolution, but an evolution of change–incremental change, even baby steps, but leading to positive and constructive betterment! 


Stop just huffing and puffing about this and that.


Consider speaking up, coming up with new and better ideas, advocating for something more, and actually helping to build it. 


The guillotine is normally not the solution (French Revolution aside)–but that doesn’t mean you can’t do squat. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Waiting For You To Succeed

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I love this on the sidewalk this week. 



“The World is Waiting for you to SUCCEED!”



Encouraging, inspiring, motivational, hopeful, purposeful, future-oriented, and more. 



Too often we can focus on the negatives–how hard things are and can be; how many obstacles and challenges there are to getting somewhere; the many failures along the way; the bullies, naysayers, competition, and power-mongers who don’t want us to succeed.



But think about it…



When we overcome all these (with G-d ‘s help), the world is waiting for our success–our contributions, our building blocks, our ideas, inputs, innovations, and creations.



When we succeed in advancing things (and not just doing for self), the world benefits!



We can have a purpose and meaning to our lives–we are part of something bigger and greater than ourselves and our mortality. 



Everyone has to do their part for the world to succeed. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)