I Want People Who Have to Dance

“I don’t want people who want to dance. I want people who have to dance.”

—George Balanchine, Founder of the New York City Ballet

Image of a Ballerina on a City Street

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It is an unfortunate fact that some 70% of the working population doesn’t care much for the work they do.

Many would actually say they dread the thought of Monday morning, and rejoice in the “TGIF” theme song.

I consider this a tragedy for both employee and employer. A vast amount of time is spent in a spirit of boredom, apathy, regret, or just plain indifference. The accompanying lack of commitment, enthusiasm, and genuine passion for our work sometimes puts a dark cloud over our co-workers, and the organization as a whole.


What would be possible for you and your organization if you insisted on attracting people who absolutely have to dance?

Seek and you shall find

“Seek and you shall find.”

-The Bible, from the Gospel of Matthew

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Image from dpselfhelp.com

When I explore possible quotes for The Quotable Coach series, I always consider impact, imagery, cleverness, and word length. Today’s quote from the Bible hit the mark on numerous fronts.

What are you looking for? Are things like success, peace of mind, balance, love, job satisfaction, and extraordinary relationships on your list?

If, for some reason, your greatest desires appear out of reach or elusive, consider the strategies you employ. One twist that often works magic is to give what you are seeking in order to find more of it for yourself.


Where and how can (and will) you passionately offer and generously share what you most sincerely desire?

what is possible

“What is possible for you is dictated by your hunger, not your history.”

-Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author

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Image from playbuzz.com

A few weeks ago, I had an engaging breakfast meeting with a friend who is applying for a new, high profile position. He expects to be vying for this job with a good number of other people.

Through our discussion and inquiry, we fueled the flame of his hunger for this position. He was clear that, based on his history and experience, he was highly qualified for the role. He also saw this position as the role of a lifetime, and that attaining it was his professional destiny.


How likely do you think it is that the interviewers will sense his genuine hunger and passion for the position and put him at or near the top of the list?

Where can you use your own insatiable hunger – not just your history – to achieve your deeply held desires?

Reclaim Our Life

“We must reclaim our life agenda once more.”

-Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author

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One of the most fundamental elements of people leading full and satisfying lives is autonomy, or as some might say, the ability to guide and direct our own lives.

For many, the ability to chart our own life course has been taken over, or at least overshadowed, by the professional and personal communities within which we operate.
One simple self-test to see if this is true for you is to examine how often your inner voice says, “I don’t want to…” when you are asked to do something.


How and in what small or big ways can you reclaim your own life agenda, to lead a fuller, more satisfying life?

“Give ‘em the Pickle.”

“Give ‘em the Pickle.”

-Bob Farrell, American motivational speaker

Bob Farrell, Author of "Give 'em the Pickle!"

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?

“To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”

“To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”

– Mother Teresa, Catholic saint and Nobel peace prize winner

To keep our bodies going, we must put food and water into them. To keep our cars running, we must put fuel into them. To keep our appliances running, we must plug them into an energy source.


Beyond food and water, what is your proverbial oil that keeps you burning? Consider selecting from the list below – and feel free to reply to this email with some of your own ideas:

  • Quality of relationships
  • The pursuit of knowledge and wisdom
  • Religious and faith-based practices
  • Meaningful goals that inspire your passion and efforts
  • Commitment to community and country
  • A journey toward personal mastery
  • Helping or being of service to others

“The only things that stand between a person and what they want in life are the will to try it and the faith to believe it’s possible.”

“The only things that stand between a person and what they want in life are the will to try it and the faith to believe it’s possible.”

– Rich DeVos, co-founder of Amway

Many years ago, I read a book by Wayne Dyer entitled Manifest Your Destiny. In it, Dyer suggests that each person represents a miracle manifested by God – and that since we were created by God, we too have the capacity to create and intentionally manifest our lives.

DeVos is recommending that we exercise our faith muscle and believe that greater things in our lives are possible, and that we mobilize our will to take the necessary action to realize these possibilities.


Consider picking up a copy of Dyer’s book (http://www.amazon.com/Manifest-Your-Destiny-Principles-Everything/dp/0060928921). I also enjoyed a second book by Dyer, The Power of Intention, which you may also wish to read (http://www.amazon.com/Power-Intention-Dr-Wayne-Dyer/dp/1401902162).

Print out this quote and post it in a prominent place in your world as a reminder to believe that great things are possible and to take the courageous action toward these possibilities each day.