Monday, October 13, 2008

Grab the Day...and Life, You Want!

If you follow sports, especially in the Southeast, you know that my Tar Heels beat Notre Dame on Saturday. As the evening and game wore on I was SURE the refs were going to steal it from us. But, no, at the end it was all good and all Carolina Blue. Thanks for indulging me.

For almost a year I 've been looking forward to the program I'm presenting today. The NC Department of Labor is again hosting a conference in the Research Triangle Park and lasts year's conference was a blast! They've been kind enough to ask me back and I'm going to talk about "10 Secrets to Grabbing a Great Life."

Let's talk about grabbing.

“To seize suddenly, eagerly or to roughly snatch,” is how Webster’s New World Dictionary defines grab or grabbing.

If you are going to have a Perfect Workday you are going to have to grab it. Since the Industrial Age society has successfully conditioned most workers to walk into work every day like zombies, trade hours of their lives for money and then waddle home to a life filled with stuff television convinced them to spend their money on. And as long as they keep buying business keeps humming and everyone continues to have a place to go to work every day.

I know that sounds cynical, but look around. Many of the strategies for having a Perfect Workday go against the grain of the previous paragraph. Decide what you want your Perfect Workday to be like and then make a choice to make it happen. The simple fact that you are making a choice sets you apart from the vast majority of your co-workers.

If you want to read a wild spin on the world of work find The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferris.


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