“You can attract luck simply by sharing your work publicly.”
—James Clear, author, entrepreneur, and photographer
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Who are some of the luckiest people you know? What do they do for a living? How did you happen to learn about their work? Where and when did you observe a public appearance of their level of skill and mastery?
Where else do you see a correlation between perceived luck and the willingness of people to offer their work, art, music, and physical capabilities on a public stage?
How lucky have you been in your personal and professional communities? To what degree have you gotten up to bat and swung away, over and over, until some of your strike-outs became hits, and even a few home runs?
Where is it time to come out of the shadows to share your work publicly and increase your luck?
“Ideas, bread, and books are all the same. They’re better when they are shared.”
—Seth Godin, American author/business executive
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Two popular holiday stories we all know quite well are A Christmas Carol, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Both stories portray their main character as selfish and self-centered, focusing only on what’s in it for themselves.
As Adam Grant demonstrates in his well-researched book, Give and Take, these characters are definitely takers. They may win in some situations, but lose in the long run.
Where and with whom can you generously share your ideas, bread, and books, to have the happiest of holidays and a more richly rewarding new year?
“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.”
— W. Clement Stone, businessman, philanthropist and self-help book author
This is perhaps the most appropriate Thanksgiving quote of all time. It conveys the two fundamental ideas for this great American holiday, and this time of year.
“Thanks” is a simple word expressing gratitude for all our blessings.
“Giving” expresses love and genuine caring, which always comes back to us two-fold, and gives us even more reason for gratitude.
Take a moment today to explore exactly what Thanksgiving means to you, and feel free to share your thoughts. I’d be very thankful if you do!
“All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a twin.”
– Lord Byron, English poetImage from Flickr by Freddycat1.
Take a trip down memory lane with the following list of famous pairs:
- The Lone Ranger and Tonto
- Batman and Robin
- Lucy and Desi
- Barbie and Ken
- Sonny and Cher
- Bert and Ernie
- Holmes and Watson
- Mork and Mindy
- William and Kate
- Bruce Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- Mickey and Minnie
- Abbot and Costello
- Adam and Eve
- Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
- Charlie Brown and Snoopy
- Jack and Jill
- Kermit and Miss Piggy
- Lennon and McCartney
- Tarzan and Jane
- Tom and Jerry
Consider those people who you pair up nicely with, to more fully experience happiness and joy in your professional and personal life.
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“Leave a little behind.”
—Dr. Cornel West, philosopher and academic
Over the Thanksgiving and holiday season, it is common to bring a dish to share if you are invited to someone’s home. This custom of sharing our food is practiced in many cultures and provides for greater connection and community.
Leaving a little bit of the dish with the host is customary, if it’s not all consumed over the course of the meal.
In what other areas of life is the idea of “leaving a little behind” not only an act of generosity but a way of creating a small legacy for those you care for and serve?
Please consider replying to me with any thoughts you may have on the subject.