Best work isn’t connected to money. Some of the best things I’ve done did connect to substantial income. Some of the best, on the other hand, connected to none at all.
I remind myself via a process I’ve adopted process and routine which get me there. Some days, most days, there is an unexpected wow-moment. Something happened yesterday – not yet a story for telling publically– which demonstrated something uncanny, valuable and powerful. Much credit to Lou Tice wisdom. Larry Kendall’s too.
Part methodology, part revisiting some powerful experiences of my own, part discipline of some daily rituals that combine gratitude, attitude and affirmation with deliberate focus on staying in-flow with people I know, like and trust – and giving-think.
Reason for doing had nothing to do with me or some monetary motive. Had to do with sticking up for something or someone, sometimes sticking my neck out for, and standing by someone. Lessons we all live, re-live and remind ourselves throughout life. But, so easily, we can slip back into that go, do, push, advance, scrape and dig mentality of scarcity.
I was raised with scarcity-think. Not overtly, but I was shown there wasn’t much to go around and we had to look out for ourselves. Not bad thinking. Not bad people. But the secret sauce that took me six decades to learn is that a reversal of that thinking is empowering and unleashes potential, value and good beyond one’s understanding. Financial rewards are connected and often plentiful as a by-product, but they aren’t the first reason or even the second reason for doing something.
Each time I look back, focus on ingredients within the best accomplishments it reinforces what I’ve learned from Lou and Larry, re-teaching fundamentals, antithetical to how I learned to work, market, sell and provide service. I’ve learned that by giving away our best thinking, sharing our best skills, explaining both simplicity and complexity of what we know and what we do does not make us vulnerable.
Makes us valuable. Makes us stronger. Makes lives more worthwhile.
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: -2C/28F, dicey traction – more melting yesterday has glazed some walks that had been clear and dry – so we both slipped around a lot. Gusta found lots to nasty stuff to sniff where snowbanks have been but couldn’t get any of it loose.
Dear Mark, I hope you are doing well! Can it be that I dropped from your mailing list? I didn´t receive any musings since Feb. 7. Thanks in advance for having a look and best regards, MS, Frankfurt, Germany
Hi Mark: I understand why you’re trying to make it easier for those who are attached to their technology, but I find the new format harder to read when there’s no white space between thoughts. If you choose to go ahead with the new format, would you consider making the printing bold??? Thanks, BR, Calgary, AB