As the clock struck 12, I was at a small get-together with friends old and new. It wasn’t the rush of excitement that I’m used to, but it was exactly what I needed – an easy transition into a year that will bring serious growth and change.
In 2013, I wish and hope that everyone can be granted:
- Strength and wisdom for the choices that must be made
- Peace of mind and peace within your soul
- A connection of the heart and spirit – that of yours and another
- Success in the form that is most fulfilling got you.
If you don’t do anything else in 2013, please do this:
Pay attention to what stirs your soul. Bathe in it.
What’s Your Story? It’s a question I often ask when I meet people and really have a chance to get to talk.
I believe that if you know what makes people tick, you can determine what makes them click. Though I stand by this view and find it very helpful in the context of work, underneath it all, I have a genuine interest not just knowing people but also understanding them.
Once we meet and I find out a few details about you, I can say that I know you, but it is only through hearing your story, your journey, that I that I can really understand and connect beyond a surface level.
That deeper connection is the foundation upon which great relationships develop (friend to friend, supervisor to colleague, consumer to business leader, etc.).
Whether it is in relation to work or a broader slice of life, focus on more than the now. Get to know AND understand those around you. Lastly, don’t be shy the next time someone asks: “What’s Your Story?”
*Inspiration for this post: CNN Money – Bob Johnson Moves Way Beyond BET
GOOD ideas aren’t meant to be contained.
They don’t fit nicely into tracks or silos.
Last night I had the great opportunity to reconnect with a friend and former co-worker from my days in Mongolia. We had a great time reminiscing and comparing our expat trials and tribulations. All good fun.
However, it stuck with me today and really made me think. A year ago, I really was living in Mongolia. Those were definitely crazy times but worth it personally and professionally.
Here’s a quiet, little blog where I documented parts of the experience: DC to UB.