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Start Where You Are

I was reading an Arthur Ashe quote on twitter the other day and it stuck with me. I had read the quote many times and I have tweeted it out myself too. This time was different. The quote was embedded in a picture of a small purple flower growing out of a crack in an asphalt parking lot. The plant even though contained by its growing conditions look lush and thriving.  I have been thinking about that picture everyday since I have seen it. The seed that that plant grew from did not think; “I would be better off if I were in a flower pot.” It just started where it was and made the most of its opportunity and it became I thriving plant.

That plant gives me something to think about when things are not going right for me. Here is the Arthur Ashe quote: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

How are you going to be like that plant today?





How To Stay Positive During A Job Search

Recently I was told that my department was no longer going to be doing its work in-house and that it would be jobbed out.  For the first time in a long time I had to actively look for a job. I am going to share with you three things that I do to keep myself positive during this process.

First: Face Your Problem. Winston Churchill once said: “One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you reduce the danger by half.  Never run away from anything. Never!” Own up to the fact that you have to look for a job.  No one likes looking for a job. But now you have too.

Second: Do something everyday that moves you closer to your next position. Nothing fights anxiety like action. Take some action everyday. It does not have to be major. Register for a company’s talent network. Send a resume to a company that may not be hiring. Or, go to a networking event.

Third: Eliminate Don’t, not and no from your self talk.  Frame everything as a positive experience. It is ok if you did not get the job because the correct job is waiting for you.

Try these and other methods and you can turn a rough experience in to something nthat you can benefit from.




Find Your Rutabaga!!

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

I like to try new foods from time to time and recently I bought my first rutabaga to prepare and to eat. I had been meaning to try a rutabaga for some time because I had read that they are low in calories, a great source of antioxidants, and much more. I consulted a local green grocer as to preparation.  He said; “You can cook it any way that you cook a potato.” I got excited.

I look up specifics for the preparation of my rutabaga. I chose to fry it like one may fry a potato. I took the rutabaga and cut it in to wedge shapes.  I then used a pairing knife to remove the skin of the rutabaga.  Once the skin was gone I cut the wedges in to small rectangles and placed them in to a frying pan with some coconut oil.  I fried the pieces until they were a little soft then I put them on my plate.

It tastes like chicken…just kidding. It has a mild sweet taste that has a sense of cabbage and brussels sprouts.  I used no butter or seasonings.  It was a nice change of pace.

But this is where I found some benefits of rutabagas that were not on any of the nutrition sites that I visited. First, they make you more interesting.  Yes, this came as a complete surprise to me.  Even though I have seen rutabagas in stores for some time, I have yet to run in to anyone that had actually eaten one. Everyone that I mentioned my dinner to wanted to hear more about rutabagas. Second, they can make you smarter. Because people were so interested in rutabagas I had to do research to answer their questions about its history, nutrition value, and preparation. But what I really discovered was that rutabagas are just a metaphor for stretching yourself. So I challenge you to Find Your Rutabaga.




Run Towards Your Problems

Do you hate problems? That sounds like a stupid question. Most of us would say yes!!! But do we? Well, I don’t think we hate all problems. All of us are interested in some type of problems whether they are government, environmental, those of family and friends, etc. We seek them out by learning about them forming opinions on fixing them and then acting on our thoughts. Many times we volunteer for organizations because there is a problem that needs to be fixed. Many of us join groups within our religion because the organization has problems. Such as: Youth Education, Feeding the Homeless, and more. So we don’t really hate problems, we hate OUR problems.

We hate our problems because there is some kind of danger involved. Because of the problems we face there may be loss of income, loss of opportunity, loss of friendship, etc. Winston Churchill once said of danger: “One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.”

You may be thinking; “How does running towards my problems make me a leader?” Here is how: Other people are dealing with problems too. Many times those people are frozen in their problem due to fear. By running towards your problem you show others how your courage is beneficial to you and to others.

I would love to hear your thoughts, please comment below.

Kevin D. Hawkins ACB, CL