How do you carry the load?

Positive Quote: “It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne


A load can mean so many things for each person. It could be personal, work related, physical, mental, emotional, etc…


There are many sayings around this topic as well.


  • A weight has been lifted from me
  • Take a load off
  • Getting something off my chest
  • Let me unload


For me what this quote is saying is that it is in how we choose to accept, handle, and carry the load.


  • Do we do it alone?


  • Do we have a support group?


  • Do we have others help us or seek help?


  • Does the load even belong to us?


I choose to be positive and if/when I have loads to bear, I will not keep them to myself. Isn’t there a saying that many hands make quick work? I could relate that here and say carrying the load on many shoulders makes it lighter.


What do you think of this quote?


Have a great day.



Do you learn, grow, and thrive?

Positive Quote: “Look upon yesterday with openness and ask “What did I learn?” Look upon today with curiosity and ask “How can I grow?” Look upon tomorrow with anticipation and say “I will thrive.”” – Lynn Schmidt


If how busy I have been lately is any indicator, I have been learning a lot.


I like this quote for many reasons. In particular I like the word ‘thrive’. Not survive, but thrive. TO me thrive means growth in a positive way.


This quote also reminds me of intrinsic motivation. The ability to self-motivate and take the situation for what it is and learn from it. We each are in charge of our own careers, our own emotions, our own thoughts…..what we do is ultimately up to us and the choices we make.


Today is going to be a busy day for me, meetings, phone calls, and the like. Yet, I will focus on taking that step back (mentally) and ask myself ‘How can I grow’.


What do you think of this quote?


Have a great day,


“Stories are the currency of human relationships.” – Robert McKee

Positive Quote: “Stories are the currency of human relationships.” – Robert McKee


I chose the above quote for many reasons. One of which is that this past weekend was a very busy one. I attended multiple events and spent time with friends in other activities. By the end of the weekend I was mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted. I needed a nap. Yet, there is nothing I would have taken away from the weekend. Our most valuable gift we each have to give is our time, ourselves.


While most weekends are not as jam packed as this last one, I am thankful for the friends I have and the ability to help in my community. These ‘stories’ come from living, from being a part of the world around us. I would much rather have stories of friends, family, and community events than of nothing but work.


These stories keep us grounded, keep us growing, and keep us living with a purpose. My hope is to continue to have stories to share and to continue to grow as a human.


What stories are you writing?


Have a great day.



Do you have an open mind?

Positive Quote: “Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.” – Charles F. Kettering


I gravitated towards this quote today as over this past weekend I had the privilege to attend a session led by Rev. Jesse Jackson in St. Louis. I met him, shook his hand, and had my picture taken with him. It was an honor. After the meet and greet he was interviewed by a local news anchor with about 30 or so questions that viewers had submitted. He was very eloquent and one thing he said about recent current events has stuck with me. Jesse said “Cynicism with a strategy is surrender”. This had me looking at the first quote and seeing how they ‘fit’ together in my mind.

One thing you learn as a leader is to have an open mind. To know that you are not the expert in everything and to know that you don’t know things. A leader should be able to not only deal with the tactical, yet also ensure the appropriate focus is on the strategic vision. If you don’t know where you are going how do you know when you get there?

We each need a strategy for our thoughts otherwise when can they ever shape and evolve to the betterment of something?

Each voice makes a difference, whether that difference is positive, negative, or ambivalent is up to the person.

My goal is to continue to have an open mind and both a personal and professional strategy.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a great day,


Are you doing work worth doing?

Positive Quote: “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt


I am firm believer that there are cycles in a person’s work/career life. When we are young adults it is about learning, growing, finding what motivates us and drives us. After a few years under our belt we look towards either changing careers because we know ourselves better or towards obtaining expertise. Then a few years later we can continue to evolve and grow and change either the ‘what’ that we do, the ‘how’, the ‘where’, and possibly the ‘why’.


I gravitated towards this quote for many reasons. One of which is that with being an empty nester, I want to ensure that the work and where I put my time is worth doing. By making these choices and focusing on doing what makes the most impact and what matters, it leads to personal fulfillment. While there will always be things we have to do, whether we find them worthwhile or not, I am mainly talking about the big rocks, the core.


What do you think of this quote?


Have a great day,


“Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.” – H. Jackson Brown

Positive Quote: “Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.” – H. Jackson Brown


The above quote rings true to me. It is like knowing you can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket.


Pushing yourself to get out there on the ‘dance floor’ increases the odds of the opportunity of dancing. Sometimes this does not come easily. Yet, when we do, we look back and are, for the most part, glad we did.


For me, I could equate this to myself. In the early 90’s I was working in a retail store, working my way up to an assistant store manager over a couple of years. At that point, I was looking inward to see what my next career step could be. I went on the dance floor. I applied for a couple of positions several states away at the corporate office of the store I was working at. I was offered both positions, yet in the end took the one that was the most uncomfortable, most challenging, and included a step back from management to individual contributor. It was in the IT (Information Technology) field. I didn’t look back and kept dancing. A few years later I was back in management, but this time in IT. Looking back I am glad I did what I did and that it worked out the way it worked out.


As life moves on and our perspective changes, I still ask myself if I am pushing my boundaries and if I am on the right dance floor.

What do you think of this quote?


Have a great day.



Are you on your journey to greatness?

Positive Quote: “You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.” – Les Brown

This quote spoke to me today. Perhaps it is because this is a new year, new goals, and the 2017 goals are reviewed and discussed in some type of performance appraisal conversation.

My mind moves to the next step, next page, and next item to tackle. It is easy to lose sight of the journey and ultimate destination when you are in the day to day. The work doesn’t go away and something new is always around the corner.

Some ways I use to keep focused is to have written down personal goals. These can be both professional and personal. Then about once a quarter, every three months, I pull them out and pick 1-2 action steps I can do to get closer to accomplishing them. This could be something like gaining more knowledge in xyz, attending a seminar, meeting someone in the industry/area I want to improve on, and many other similar type steps. I will say that some quarters I did not make as much progress as I wanted, yet others, I was more diligent in my focus.

You may ask yourself, where will I find the time for this? For me, I realized that I am a morning person and so I know that doing something in the morning will ‘stick’ more and I can take that step.

For me the journey is not just about the end goal destination. It is also about the journey itself. What did I learn reaching the destination? Am I enjoying the journey? If not, maybe I am on the wrong path.

What are some ways you stay focused on goals and the ultimate journey?

Have a great day.