When you run into me sipping a cup of tea, you’ll find me reading or perhaps even listening to someone who has made it through the trenches of life to reach the pinnacle of success no matter the field. There are commonalities across domains that lead to triumph. I can’t wait to share some of the wisdom I’ve gleaned through the years!
I urge you to take your pulse as you read through this article to check out how you measure up. Consider, even the smallest of shift on your part makes a huge difference in the outcomes you create.
Live Your Career Without a Roof: Anthony Mason, on CBS Sunday Morning asked Pharrell Williams, famous for the song Happy, “You’ve said you’re one of those kids who doesn’t fit in a box.” Pharrell’s response: “No. I just have never even seen a box.” Anthony retorts: “What do you mean?” Pharrell chuckled, as he countered, “What wall? What ceiling? What are you talking about? Hence, the phrase room without a roof. You know limitless.” So, how are you doing Living Your Career Without a Roof?
Reinvent Yourself—Always: Fyvush Finkel was, through intention, a lifetime reinvent-or. Who was Fyvush? You may know him from his quirky Emmy winning role Douglas Wambaugh on Picket Fence. That isn’t why he earned my admiration. He started in the Yiddish Theatres at nine years old where he became one of the highest paid stars in Yiddish Theatre. In his 40’s Yiddish Theatres were closing down sending him into a survival scramble. He reinvented himself in the Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” In his 50’s, Fyvish recognized the need for transformation yet again. That’s when he studied how to perform for cameras leading to his continued television and movie career into his 90’s! Are you committed to Reinventing Yourself—Always?
Dare To Move Through Fear: Gail Sheehy, author of 17 books, voices this bit of wisdom: “As I now reflect on what daring means in my life, I realize it is how I survive. When I fear, what I do is dare. Fear immobilizes. Daring is action. It changes the condition. It startles people into different reactions. It’s a crapshoot, but it can be the catalyst to empowering oneself.” How are you at Daring To Move Through Fear?
Gratitude for the Good, Bad and Ugly: Tyler Perry, American actor, comedian, writer and film producer, shares: “Gratitude is so overwhelming everything else takes a backseat. I sit in a seat of gratitude in every moment. And I know there are lots of people who want to be in this place; lots of people could have and maybe should have, but for some reason, it fell on me to be here. I have to honor it. I have to respect it…. I’ve been given a great gift and a shot at this. I’ve got to do my best. There will always be obstacles. There will always be struggles. There will always be things that try to deter you from where you are supposed to go. Now, what I know is that every bit of it was all there to make me a stronger person, to make me a better person as hard as that may seem and sound for so many people. As hard as it may be to hear by so many people, it is the truth!” Do you remember to be Grateful for the Good, Bad and Ugly?
Like Tom Clancy, the American novelist says: “You’ve got to wake up in the morning and do something.” Why not add to your greatness by Living, Reinventing, Daring, and Being Grateful. Don’t be shocked how your career soars!