Friday, August 8, 2008

A New York State of Mind

The rap on New Yorkers is that they are rude...at least by Southern standards. Strangers don't smile at you on the street, service people are curt, and everyone in a vehicle tries to run over you.

Ok, so the last one is true. When I crossed here at 56th and Broadway a limo almost ended up with the biggest hood ornament in The City.

But, I'm finding on this trip, as I have on others, that the other two stereotypes are just that. New Yawkers are wonderfully helpful with directions and I haven't run into a service provider yet who was anything but great.

I'm here to present two programs, Guerrilla Marketing Time Management, for the American Association of Dance Teachers. Lots of lycra and lots of folks in waaaaaaaaay better shape than I've ever been.

But, back to the New Yorkers. I don't interpret the lack of smiles and acknowledgements on the sidewalk as rudeness. I see it as focus. Those folks have a place to be and they are, to take a line from the third Lord of the Rings movie, "showing the meaning of the word haste."

Too often in our days we lose focus. We get distracted by the silliness or minute-to-minute chores of life and we forget where we were going...if we ever knew. The more often you can remind yourself of your destination the more your mind (and the universe) will line up to get you there as quickly, and as efficiently and effectively as possible. Then, all you have to do is let yourself go and move with haste.

I just had a Hello Deli Club sandwich at Hello Deli, one of the places often featured on David Letterman. It's a little hole-in-the-wall place where the owner and counter guys create a great product and move with no wasted motion. They have a job, they do it, they move on to the next one. They are excellent examples of the New York attitude.

Might you use a little bit of New York state of mind in your day? As far as I'm concerned a Perfect Workday is, as we Southerners' say, "All about gettin' after it." New Yorkers do that. Maybe lots of us could take a lesson from them.

Have a great weekend!

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