Food For Thought

By on July 17, 2013

It’s the middle of July. Hopefully you are enjoying a nice summer day and taking time to assess how things are going for you personally and professionally. To help you out, here are five things to mull over…

1) Have a plan – If we all had just a little advance planning, think about how much different…how much better our lives might be. With a plan, we can stay focused during rough times as opposed to letting the winds of fate guide us through some of the most important decisions and times in our respective lives.

2) “If you can’t find the time to do something right, when are you going to find the time to do it over?” –  I love the quote because I’ve made that mistake many, many times in my life. I don’t have the necessary time to do something, so I attempt to do it using 60% less time and wind up screwing it up. I then have to “undo” my screw up and make a 2nd or 3rd or 4th attempt to do whatever it is I’m doing…right.

3) Never explain, never complain –  A quote my father said to my siblings and me more than a few times. He was a principled man who led his life by example. He chose his words carefully as if each one represented some significant nugget of information that would help us all in our journeys. He never explained and he never complained.

4) “You can’t always get what you want.” – We live in a materialistic society where many of us have become addicted to instant gratification. We want what they have and we want it NOW! One thing that I’ve learned in the first half of my century on Earth is that the person who dies with the most toys doesn’t win. He/she loses! I don’t want materialistic things; I want inner peace which I think I will obtain when I start to fully lead the life I was meant to live.

5) Life changes on a dime – And when it does, it’s rarely for the better. Promotions, marriages, babies, new homes…they all happen after months of planning and waiting and are all happy occasions. Death, getting fired, getting into an accident, becoming disabled… most of the time these incidents strike without any notice. What’s the moral of the story here? Learn to enjoy today…right now…because you never know when the day that you thought sucked turned out to be the last day before your life changed on a dime.

That’s it for now. This post feels like tough love…but maybe that’s what many of us need to hear as we think about the second half of 2013.

Carpe diem folks!

@BrianMoran

About Brian Moran

Prior to rejoining the world of entrepreneurship, Brian was the Executive Director of Sales Development at the Wall Street Journal where he oversaw the sales development and marketing programs for the financial and small business categories among the many Journal brands. From 2002-2010, Brian was President of Veracle Media and Moran Media Group.

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