Hello, blog family! Remember me? The gal behind Mixed Prints Life.
June came and went. It was a blur. School ended, life seemed to be in fast-forward, work got crazy, LuLa got crazier, and then we embarked on a two week family road trip the last few days of the month. Cheers to finding my writing voice again, sharing all things family + life + MOI.
Road trip travels means plenty of time to catch up on the reading I always say I will do. Up first? The Go-Giver by Bob Burg & John David Mann.
A little book with a strong business idea – almost seemed to good to be true. But alas, the simple storytelling was straight and to the point. A few nuggets that I pulled out:
“The point is not what you do. Not what you accomplish. It’s who you are.”
WHOA. This hit me over the head with a hammer. You are enough – as you are, in this moment. You are exactly what the world ordered – in this time and place. You are right where you need to be – and if you don’t think so? Either figure out WHY or figure out the next place for you. It’s easy to feel like you don’t have something to offer the world. It’s easy to sense all the ways you’re doing it wrong. But what if you embraced the fact that you’re doing YOU – which means you’re doing just what you’re supposed to do. Start “selling” what you already have – YOU and what you have to offer.
“I learned something that day. When I said that my life as a mom, wife and household manager left me with nothing the marketplace wanted, I was wrong. There WAS something else I’d learned over those years, and that was how to be a friend. How to care. How to make people feel good about themselves. And that, my friends, is something the marketplace wants very much – always has, always will.”
Others first. A concept that we are somewhat taught when we are young that we have an everyday opportunity to live out. What if we lived every moment living as though every other person we encountered throughout the day was a precious commodity. If we treated them that they were just as valuable as we are to the world? Do you think our actions and words might change? Spend your days – not giving a care about what other people think of YOU, but instead, what you think of others.
Hold them in high esteem. Give them the benefit of the doubt. Start with yourself and let it spread. “The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself” – the law of authenticity – and one of the greatest rules to live by.
Be yourself. Be YOU.
Excited for what the next few months hold. Putting all these thoughts to “paper”.