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small dull trophies

Small Dull Trophies

With the passage of many years, I’m sure I have the details wrong. But this is the way I remember how it happened. Soon after retirement, my parents made the move from their long-term home to a smaller and easier to maintain apartment. The transition involved sorting out and packing up the mountain of stuff that a large family accumulates. Among the results were two boxes – one labeled ‘Bright Shiny Trophies’ and the other ‘Small Dull Trophies’.

The Bright Shiny Trophies belonged to my younger brother Rick. Rick was a gifted basketball player. In high school in Philadelphia – an acknowledged tough basketball town – he was brilliant in his leadership of our school team. Result: an accumulation of awards and recognition marked by “Big Shiny Trophies”.

small dull trophies

You don’t have to make changes. However, you are responsible for the quality of your life. To achieve the degree of quality you want, you need to decide on the changes to make. It’s time to bring those thoughts of improvement to light, make them a priority, and turn them into reality. It’s time to do what you can. It’s time to take a few simple steps to achieve extraordinary results!

On the other hand, I wasn’t very good. Average at best. No school team position for me, I preferred playing in pick-up games and summer leagues in local playgrounds and in the alley behind our house. Result: a modest-sized box of “Small Dull Trophies”. “Fourth Place Team”. “Honorable Mention”. And my favorite: “Most Improved Player”. Nowhere to go but up for me.

Small and dull.

Now I don’t know who took out a magic marker and labeled our respective boxes before we picked them up at mom and dad’s house. There are several viable suspects among my brothers and sisters! But I do know that I wish I still had that beat-up old box and the mementos of modest success that it held. All of those years of running and jumping, yelling and bumping, sweating and cursing. All those years of playing just for the pure unbridled joy of playing. Just –JOY!

What Brings You Joy? Is it your family? Your work? Your hobbies or your faith? What makes you happy regardless of whether it is recognized or marked with a life trophy of some kind? What do you do each day that simply makes you smile?

In the comedy movie “City Slickers” starting Billy Crystal, Crystal is struggling with balancing family, job, marriage, middle age, and host of other day to day challenges. He is in a rut. But his wonderful movie-wife gives him the great advice – “Go and Find Your Smile”. One of my favorite movie lines ever.

My purpose is to give you ideas you can use on your terms to advance your performance towards your goals. To help you ‘find your own smile’ in your results on your terms, whatever they may be.

Let me know what you think. Please write back with your own examples of what makes you happy. What makes you smile.

And if someone you know might benefit from our ideas for Better! results, please send them the link to my website www.JohnHallSpeaker.com and have them sign-up for free to receive the blogs, videos, white papers, and other special offers we’re building right now. Or just send me their email address, and I’ll reach out for you.

Best wishes for Better! results and more smiles on your terms.

John J. Hall, CPA

John J. Hall, CPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

John J. Hall, CPA, is an author, speaker and results expert who presents around the world at conventions, corporate meetings and association events.

Throughout his 35-year career as a business consultant, corporate executive and professional speaker, John has helped organizations and individuals achieve measurable results. He inspires audience members in corporations, not-for-profit organizations and professional associations to step up, take action and “do what you can.”

How to Make the Most of a Bad Job Situation

How to Make the Most of a Bad Job Situation

Even with an improving economy, there’s still a lot of press about how hard it is to find a good, full-time job: a job that fulfills us and provides financial confidence for ourselves and our families. Too many good hard-working people are stuck having to deal with jobs they dislike and can barely bring themselves to do every single day.

There are no guarantees, but we can improve the probability that something Better! will come along with a few simple steps.

  • Focus on other people. If it’s the actual work at your job that you dislike, try to connect with other people at your company. Show them what a positive person you are. Be easy to be around. Good relationships with your colleagues and supervisors can often make bad situations Job Situationmuch more bearable. Be sure to look outside your department as well. Find a small group you can spend some time talking to. Not complaining, just talking.
  • Speak up. If you’ve built a positive relationship with your supervisor but often wind up with tasks that you just can’t stand doing, ask for some time to speak to your boss and let him or her know what you don’t like about the work you’re given. Be positive in your words and be prepared to offer specific solutions. Perhaps the two of you can work out a situation that allows you to avoid some of the work you dislike so much. And if you don’t have a positive relationship with your supervisor, why not start right there!
  • Keep it light. Find ways to try to squeeze some appropriate humor into your everyday routine. At least smile. This will help you to pass the time and will hopefully have a positive response within your office.
  • Enjoy yourself outside of work. As much as you can, try not to take your work home with you. Keep busy with positive outside activities. Enjoy your friends and family so that you don’t have to spend your time outside of work feeling down about your job. Balance is the key.
  • Keep your options open. Block the time to polish your resume, check for job openings and attend networking events. The search for something Better! will help give you a light at the end of the tunnel. Take positive action to move your career towards that potentially Better! place.

Teddy Roosevelt had this great advice for any life situation: “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, right where you are.”

Make the most of a bad job situation while working proactively towards something Better! NEVER give up the goal of having work that you enjoy.

John J. Hall, CPA

John J. Hall, CPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

John J. Hall, CPA, is an author, speaker and results expert who presents around the world at conventions, corporate meetings and association events.

Throughout his 35-year career as a business consultant, corporate executive and professional speaker, John has helped organizations and individuals achieve measurable results. He inspires audience members in corporations, not-for-profit organizations and professional associations to step up, take action and “do what you can.”