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to Approach Life:
Only one of them is the winning way
BY NATHAN JAMAIL
usiness executives have coaches and mentors who
help them get better. Sometimes they don't like what
they are told, but after conversations settle in, they
might actually hear what it is that the coach is saying. At the heart of every conversation is usually
this: how can one be more successful and happy?
The answer lies within each person, and that is not just whimsical
talk. It is about their perspective and their priorities.
On an episode of "Shark Tank," one of the Sharks said something
very powerful: "You can do something because you can do it. Or
you can do something because you have to do it. OR you can do
something because you get to do it." Here is a question for you: If
you were asked which of these three "descriptions" describes how
you feel about your job, which one would you select? Do you do a
job because you can? Because you have the skill and are pretty
good at it, so why not? Or, do you do a job because you have no
'choice'? Because you fell into it and now make a certain living
that you "can't" go without? Or, do you do something because it is
exciting to you? Because, even though you don't love everything
about it, you are grateful and motivated by the overall aspect of
what you get to do? Can you see which description will yield more
results in your professional and personal life? What does it really
look like when you are doing something because you get to do it?
It looks like work. It looks like play.
It is called plork (pronounced "plerk" -
yes this is made up).
There are executives, business owners and employees that have
to get up at 3:30 a.m., after a long night of being a parent, and
yet, are pumped when the alarm goes off. No hitting snooze. No
grumbling. Are they tired? Yes. But they still love getting to work.
Do they love every aspect of their job? Not really. There are difficult situations to be tackled, stressful decisions to be made, and
times they wish they were at home instead of the office. However,
through all of this, there is always, always, an immense feeling
of gratitude that they get to do what they love. That no matter,
through whatever obstacle is faced or mistake made, they are
excited about the opportunities for them now and in the future.
Whether you teach in the classroom, whether you do bookkeeping, whether you work in sales or whether you are a school
owner - are you grateful for what you get to do?
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When you meet someone, and are asked "How are you?" what
is your response? Your response tells a lot about what kind of
attitude you have in general about life. There are the, "Can't
complain" responses; this person could probably be described
as someone who can do what they do and has no desire to
change things. Another kind of response is, "I have had worse
day," or "Could be better." This person could probably be
described as someone who has to do what they do and likes
to complain about it. Another response is, "I am living the
dream!" This is the person who either already gets to do what
they love, or has the potential to. They didn't even say if it was
a good dream! Even bigger than the words used is the energy
that is given.
When you meet someone, what energy are you spreading?
Is it positive?
It looks like success.
Success can be described many ways. Some may say it is when
you make X amount of dollars. Or, it may be when you own a
certain house, a certain car...you get the idea. There is nothing
wrong with this idea of success necessarily, but when it comes
to being happy, it isn't always the material things that will get
you there. Before you can say you are successful, you have to
know what that means to you.
Knowing what your priorities are, and then moving toward
them every day is what success can also look like. Success is
never really attained and then done. It is something you always
strive for and experience every day, in both small and big ways.
What does success look like to you?
The next time someone asks about what you do, pause and
think about your response. Think about your gratitude level.
Think about what kind of attitude you are going to spread. Think
about your priorities for today, and for your future.
Nathan Jamail, president of Jamail Development
Group, and author of the best-selling Playbook
Series, is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur
and corporate coach. Find out more at
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 4
AACS Annual Convention Preview
Event Recap: CEA Annual Convention
The Continued Growth of Massage Therapy
Roadmap to a Healthy School Culture
Multicultural Corner: Catching Up with Ted Gibson
Trendspotting in Spas
Pedicuring the Diabetic Client
Leaving the Nest
Recognizing the Signs of Burnout…and Tips to Prevent it in the Future
Three Ways to Approach Life
Superstar Graduate: Nikki Hynek: Being Business Savvy in Beauty
BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 4