“Experience and enthusiasm are two fine business attributes seldom found in one individual.”
—William Feather, 19th Century American Publisher
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How much experience do you have in your current profession?
How enthusiastic do you feel each morning as you head off to work?
If you are among the fortunate few, you would score high on each measure.
If, however you are like many people, you often begin your work efforts or new job with considerable enthusiasm, and only minimal or modest experience.
As time moves on and experience increases, many find their excitement and enthusiasm beginning to fade, sometimes to the point of reaching a dead end.
What strategies and approaches can and will you take on to maintain or – better yet – increase your current levels of enthusiasm? How might this help you gain greater experience and mastery in your chosen profession?
“What would have drawn a ‘WOW’ fifteen years ago won’t draw a yawn today.”
-Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts
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My first “WOW!” experience with technology occurred about 50 years ago in a department store in the Philadelphia area. I came upon a 10’ x 8” LED calculator that added, subtracted, multiplied, and divided—that’s it!
I was completely mesmerized for almost an hour by this magic box that seemed to complete an infinite number of calculations at the speed of light.
This experience seems downright primitive compared to the technological advancements since then. Just look at the children around you, playing with phones, tablets, gaming stations, and many other magical devices.
Where and in what ways can you maintain or even expand that “WOW!“ factor in your personal and professional worlds, to experience greater success and youthful exuberance?
“What you wish to ignite in others must first burn within yourself.”
-Aurelius Augustinus, early Christian theologian
In his book To Sell is Human, Daniel Pink points out that one in every nine people in the working world is in sales.
Initially this thought lures the reader into thinking, That’s not such a big number, or I can’t stand those pushy sales people, or I’m glad I don’t have to do that!
A few sentences later, however, Pink points out that the rest of us are also in sales. We all must sell our thoughts and ideas at work and at home, even if we are not selling a product or service.
In all cases, the ability to influence and enroll others is fundamental to our success. Today’s quote points to the importance of and, in my opinion, the essential element of genuine enthusiasm as a key factor in igniting the flames of excitement in others.
What are the issues, priorities, projects, or even products that get your fires burning? How and where can you share your excitement and passion to ignite the flames of excitement and interest in others?
“I awake each day thinking of your awakening.”
—Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author
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What percentage of people go through their lives half asleep, or awaken only for special occasions and weekends?
How bright-eyed and bushy-tailed are you in the morning? How much do you look forward to each new day?
I deeply desire my own daily awakening and have pursued my career as a coach to support others to do the same. With a “pay it forward” approach and attitude, many of my clients do the same in their communities. Most would say that is one of the most satisfying parts of the coaching process.
How and in what ways can you enhance and improve your world, to wake each day with greater enthusiasm and vitality?
Where and with whom can you awaken the lives of others, so they can do the same?
“Hustle and heart will set you apart.”
—Alisa Jacobs, Entertainment Marketing and PR Manager at Diageo
One of the things I enjoy about certain quotes is their catchiness and rhythm. That they also communicate a fundamental truth is critical. These factors generate a stickiness that allows us to carry them in our minds wherever we go.
Examine the levels of Heart and Hustle you currently bring to your personal and professional efforts. Notice that if your Heart is not in it, your level of Hustle will rarely be, either.
What adjustments can you make in your heartfelt attitudes and efforts to set you apart from your previous self and those around you?
“Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.”
Positive psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. It has been defined as the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities, and organizations to thrive.
Although no single quote can capture the full impact and magnitude of this field of study, this one does point us in the direction of human qualities that can lead us to the better life we all desire.
Consider doing a Google search on the subject of “positive psychology” to learn more about many techniques and strategies to leading a fuller, more satisfying life.
If you have 20 minutes, check out Martin Seligman’s 2004 Ted Talk titled “The New Era of Positive Psychology.” Over 3 million people have viewed it to date.
To learn even more, consider Seligman’s books:
Learned Optimism (1991)
Authentic Happiness (2002)
“Give ‘em the Pickle.”
-Bob Farrell, American motivational speaker
Bob Farrell, Author of “Give ’em the Pickle!”
About a month ago, while traveling to a coaching conference, I received a pearl of advice from a flight attendant with whom I had shared The Quotable Coach daily blog.
She mentioned that the airline loves positive, affirming thinking, and that I should consider looking into today’s quote.
Turns out, “Give ‘em the pickle” is all about exemplary customer service and going the extra mile to create customer evangelists, and optimal loyalty. This is especially important given the almost unlimited choices people have as consumers.
Check out this short YouTube video. Ask and answer this question, for yourself and your organization: What represents that special, tasty pickle you can offer to more fully satisfy and delight your customers? What about those in your personal worlds?
“Though you can love what you do not master, you cannot master what you do not love.”
—Mokokoma Mokhonoana, South African Philosopher and Social Critic
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Generally, the people who experience the greatest success and fulfillment in their professional lives demonstrated three key factors:
- They are enthusiastic and passionate about their work. Many would engage in whatever it is they do even if the monetary rewards were more modest.
- Because they love what they do, they commit massive amounts of time to the practice, and eventual mastery, of the skills involved.
- The final piece that accompanies this love and mastery is often the value ascribed to it by the meritocracy in which we live, and the rewards we often receive. How much is it worth in dollars and cents?
How and in what ways can doing more of what you love lead you toward a life of greater mastery and success? Consider reading one or more of these books, which speak in one form or another, to the spirit of today’s quote:
What to Do When it’s Your Turn by Seth Godin
Linchpin by Seth Godin
Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben