Monthly Archives: April 2013

Famous Quote Friday

“If you go with your instincts and keep your humor, creativity follows.”
Jimmy Buffett

Here is the whole quote by Jimmy Buffett:

“Humor has bailed me out of more tight situations than I can think of. If you go with your instincts and keep your humor, creativity follows. With luck, success comes, too.”

Going with your instincts may bring you happiness and may bring you trouble. If you never go with what your gut is telling you to do you will never know. We are all creative in our own way but it is up to each one of us to decide what we do with the thoughts in our mind. I have always thought I was weird, or better put, just different then everyone else. I think of things that only I seem to understand but everyday I think of ways to show everyone what I feel. I bet all of our creative thoughts are misunderstood. I think we all need to confidently share them more.

 

I have done and I am doing something very creative that most may not understand. Society deems it to be stupid and I stake nothing against its validity on the horizon. Those that believe in me trust my creative path that I take. If I fall I can laugh about it when I get up, If I succeed there is no doubt about it, creativity will follow.

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Garden Of Your Mind

My friend Christie showed me this. This remix is brilliant. For those of us who grew up with Mr. Rogers, you can really appreciate this even more.

“There are so many things to learn about in this world…..did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind….its good to be curious about many things”

Famous Quote Friday

“You don’t have to be the best, you just have to be your best”
Chris Widener

 

I have been listening to “Twelve Pillars of Success” By Chris Widener. It is an audio book based on the story “Twelve Pillars” by Jim Rohn. When he said “You don’t have to be the best, you just have to be your best.” I started laughing. For the longest time now I have always corrected people when they tell me I am the best. I simple just say, “I am not the best I just try my best.” I am never trying to be the best at anything I am always just trying to be my best at everything. It is that simple. Trying to be the best at something is great but you want to make sure you are trying the best of your abilities to be the best you can be at what you are doing. To quote part of the Boy Scout Oath “On my honor, I will do my best” That is all.

 

Have a great weekend everyone.

Joy in Challenges

I know my last post was about challenges and I have certainly had my fair share of challenges in life and right now. I read an article in Success Magazine called “Finding Joy in the Challenges” This article was all about finding fulfillment in Marketing, not necessarily as a profession just as an important entity in any business. As you may know I am in Marketing, but I want to share with you what I took from this article outside of the world of Marketing. We face so many challenges in our life, some we have no choice in the matter, others we do. The ones I speak of today are those challenges where we are given the choice.

My whole life seems to be stacked with challenges. At first I would let them get to me.  But that was strange because I had a never give up attitude from the day I was born. Sure I can do this…I WILL do this. In the past year alone I have overcome so much, so much has changed, so many good challenging things are happening in my life RIGHT NOW! I don’t think I will ever stop talking about it. I mean I was ready to settle down, ready to say this is the Marc that you will see for the rest of your life. Did not even comprehend that I can turn my whole life around again. I say again because at the age of 32 I can think of 4 other times that have turned my life around. This life change I am in the middle of right now is awesome. Fortunately I am writing and blogging and quoting my thoughts as I go now. I have a new light, a new heightened sense of positivism, determination, love and gratitude in my life right now. With all this good in my life still comes those challenges. The word challenge is something I have gotten used to, something that will never go away. But I stand before all with a newer definition to “Challenge Accepted”.  Don’t just find the positives in the challenges, find that spark inside you that tells you that you are doing what you love. Find the joy in your challenges. How is that joy going to grow into the next challenge you face. You cannot just put a smile on your face and say “challenge accepted” you need to put a smile on your heart you need to place that challenge on the joys of your future.

If your life is plain and boring you are not challenging yourself. Everyone has a list, be it written or in your head of what you want to do with your life. But a lot of people play the card that it is too hard, or they are just too lazy to do it. I know we are not all wired the same, but all of us should be able to find satisfaction on the road of challenges to the things we love.

I want to list a few questions from the article that I read that you should try to answer. I changed them a little to pertain to ourselves because this was an article about marketing but I think we can apply these questions to our lives too.

-What do you stand for?

-How do you add value to your life?

-What is your style?

-What makes you awesome?

-How will you stand out?

-How will you change this world?

When you answer these questions ignore the simple answers on the surface and dig deep into the drive within you to find the truest answer. Challenges enlist a certain level of creativity in your lives too. There is no one answer to any challenge. All of us were born with the ability to be creative in our own personal ways. Your creativity can show in the answers to these questions above for sure and it shows in your ever day lives too.

Our lives are not meant to be easy. The only way they are easy is if we are not pursuing what we truly want from life. Not only should you accept the challenges; you should find the joy in every step of the way through them as well.

Famous Quote Friday

“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”
Theodore Roosevelt

 

This quote is super valuable. Life is not easy no matter what way you look at it. It is your drive to tackle challenges that is really important. You should be pushing yourself to learn something new every day, be it about yourself, your hobbies, your work, your future, anything. I can only dream to be remembered like Ted Roosevelt, but it is a dream….a challenge I am reaching for.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

As positive as many of us may be, there will always be problems or challenges in our lives. There will always be new things in our lives. Things will always be changing. The key is to stay on the positive side of the changes.

When faced with a Challenge how do you react to it? You want to take that challenge head on. You want to solve it, master it, move past it as quick as possible. Most importantly you want to look for those positives in that challenge. What are you learning from it? How is it going to strengthen your life style. If you let any challenges effect you negatively they will! So find those positives right away.

Don’t try to solve every problems yourself. There are lots of friends family and others ready and willing to help you, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Like I said there will always be challenges and you may end up talking to someone that can not only help you but has been thru the same things. Don’t let yourself feel alone in your challenges, that is the worst place for any negative thought. Don’t hold on to your challenges either because the only thing they will keep doing is bring you down. Do whatever it takes to bring youtself back up to bring you back in the game, to bring you back into your amazing life.

Short and simple, you face a challenge, you say “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED”

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