“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot
There is a general misconception that unless we have achieved “overnight success” in our chosen field by the time we are in our late 20s, we have somehow missed the boat. Tom Butler-Bowdon who is famous for writing summaries of classics in the fields of self-help, business, psychology and spirituality has written a fascinating book which turns this idea on its head. The book Never Too Late To Be Great focuses on the idea of slow-cooked success and argues that contrary to what we might think people actually need a long time to realise their true potential. Tom Butler-Bowdon makes the point that given advances in healthcare most people live well in to their eighties in rude health. This means that we have on average a productive adult lifespan of 60 years (from 20 to 80) in which we have plenty time to realise our dreams and have much more time than… Read the rest...
Shawn Achor’s talk about happiness at work is one of the most popular TED talks of all time. In his TED talk Shawn argues that although we believe that we should work to be happy, maybe we have things backwards. It is the lens we look through that shapes our reality, rather than reality itself. Shawn suggests that if we view work through a positive lens rather than expecting it to make us happy it will completely change our attitude to work and this will not only make us more productive but also happier in the long run. Enjoy the video.
This is a collection of some of the talks and videos which inspired me in 2013. There are many more which I could add to this list. Did you attend any talks or watch any You Tube videos which inspired you last year?
1. Tim’s Place Albuquerque: Service With A Smile
Tim is the embodiment of happiness at work and serves every customer with a smile and a free hug. He has a lot to teach us.
2. Want to know the secret of happiness?
A newspaper seller in Central Station, New York makes himself happy by making others happy.
3. 105 Year Old Lady Shares The Secret To Happiness
Peace is happiness according to this 105 year old. Don’t hold a grudge against anyone.
4. Dr. Brené Brown on Faking It, Perfectionism and Living Wholeheartedly – Super Soul Sunday – OWN
Brené Brown’sTEDx talk went viral and was watched by millions. In this short video she talks about the importance of living authentically.
This interesting article by Maria Popova in Brainpickings looks at how much of the wisdom in a book written over 60 years ago is still relevant today. How To Avoid Work by William J. Reilly looks at the question of how to find out what you love doing so that work feels like play. This seems like a good plan to me. Enjoy the article
Joy drinks pure water. She has sat with the dying and attended many births. She denies nothing. She is in love with life, all of it, the sun and the rain and the rainbow. She rides horses at Half Moon Bay under the October moon. She climbs mountains. She sings in the hills. She jumps from the hot spring to the cold stream without hesitation.
Although Joy is spontaneous, she is immensely patient. She does not need to rush. She know there are obstacles on every path and that every moment is the perfect moment. She is not concerned with success or failure or how to make things permanent.
At times Joy is elusive – she seems to disappear even as we approach her. I see her standing on a ridge covered with oak trees, and suddenly the distance between us feels enormous. I am overwhelmed and wonder if the effort to reach her is worth it. Yet she waits for us. … Read the rest...
Most of us spend the majority of our day at work so it is crucially important that the work that we do makes us feel happy and fullfilled. This article by Roman Krznaric from Yes magazine, which was originally published in The Huffington Post, looks at 6 ways to stop worrying about what to do to find a fulfilling job and some simple steps we can take to improve our sense of fulfillment at work. Romans has also written a book on the subject entitled How to Find Fulfilling Work if you would like to read about this topic more.
Six Ways to Stop Worrying and Find Work You Love
Quitting work that leaves you unfulfilled requires a lot of courage. Here are six things you can do to get yourself ready to take the plunge.
The idea of fulfilling work—a job that reflects our passions, talents and values—is a modern invention. Open Dr. Johnson’s celebrated Dictionary, published in 1755, and the word “fulfilment” doesn’t… Read the rest...
This great TEDxKC talk by Jenn Lim the CEO and Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness a company she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos) co-created to inspire happiness in work, community and everyday life.
Zappos.com built a hugely successful brand and company through outstanding customer service and an unusual company culture, but even more inspiring is the fact that they succeeded in doing this by using happiness as a business model. Drawn by the notion that anyone can apply the science of happiness to work, communities and our everyday lives, happiness has become the organizing principle behind a new business and now, a movement. Watch her fascinating TED talk and decide for yourself if she is worth listening to.
This great blog post by Henry Stewart of Happy Ltd. is full of practical tips for creating a happier workplace.
The Happy Manifesto sets out a vision of happier workplaces. It is based on what organisations might look like if how they were organised and managed was decided by the people who are managed. What does this mean in practice? Here is a first draft of 80 or so ideas for people to try out.
Ideas, thoughts, comments, suggestions very welcome. Check out the Happy Manifesto LinkedIn group or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Find a way to delight a customer today
2. Find a way to delight one of your people today
3. Stop to say hello to colleagues and get to know them better
4. Find ways to make working together more fun and sociable
Trust your people
5. Pre-approve: A new approach, a problem to solve – get an individual… Read the rest...
As a mosaic artist I have always loved colour and pattern and can happily spend many hours making mosaic patterns with tiles and plates. I am always in “flow” when making mosaics but I am not giving up the day job yet as this love of pattern has always been an interest rather than a job. It is fascinating to hear stories of people who manage to make a living doing what they love and Orla Kiely is a wonderful example of someone whose love of pattern has created a global empire. The article below from The Times looks at a Day in the Life of the very talented Orla Kiely:
How did one simple print create a global empire?
The fashion and interior designer Orla Kiely, 49, has a queue of fans, including Kate Middleton. She talks about the secret of her success
Orla Kiely was thrilled when Kate Middleton wore one of her designs (Chloe Dewe Mathews)
I’m out of bed by 6.45, and by 7.30, my husband, Dermott, my two teenage sons, Robert and Hamish, and… Read the rest...
Henry David Thoreau – “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
As we start to approach the end of 2012 many people are probably looking forward to a New Year and asking themselves whether they can face spending another whole year in a job which makes them feel as though they are living a “life of quiet desperation”. If you are someone who has lost the passion for your work, but can’t figure out what you would like to do in the future you might like to take a look at this new TEDx video by Scott Dinsmore who created the website Live Your Legend.
How do you wake up feeling inspired every day? How can you find the work that you can’t not do? How can you encourage yourself to take the road less travelled?
Scott argues there is a 3 step framework for finding the answer to these questions: