Monday, January 23, 2017

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Live the Life You Have Imagined

There are two key steps to success: 
First, figure out what you love to do.
Second, find someone to pay you to do it.
---Anthony Silard

My definition of a genius is a person who is able to get paid for what they would be willing to do for free. If you can pull that off consistently, you will exponentially increase your happiness and enjoyment of this thing called life.

Here’s the problem that prevents most of us from feeling successful: We skip the first step and instead focus our energies on the second. When you set making money as your goal, you become like a cat chasing its tail: you go in circles.

When you take the alternative approach of just doing what feels true and right to you, money again becomes like a tail. The difference is that, like the tail of a cat resolutely moving along its path, it follows you wherever you go.

When you do what you love, the money follows. When you pursue money, on the other hand, love is unlikely to follow. Rather, the opposite occurs: People see right through your motivations and are reluctant to trust and believe in you.

The reason: the pursuit of the mighty dollar, euro, or pound is a relatively selfish exercise. Other people may be attracted to your ambition because you can help them with your financial resources; however, they may also attribute your energy to a self-serving motivation. This perception does not tend to generate love and respect from others.

This week, take some time to reflect on what you love. Then think about how you can better integrate it into your career.
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Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday every other week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).

Monday, January 9, 2017

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Become Your Greatest Fan

Enlightenment lies on the 
other side of boredom.
---Anthony Silard

Have you ever heard someone say something along these lines: “I can’t believe they left me all alone,” or “Last weekend wasn’t a lot of fun. No one was around.” Many of us associate solitude with boredom. We don’t realize that within our boredom lies our freedom.

To reach a breakthrough in our lives, we have to break through boredom. I have taken many trips alone that have initially been characterized by boredom and loneliness and what-am-I-doing-here-in-the-middle-of-nowhere questions.

These anxiety-producing, uneasy experiences in the first hours and sometimes days have been followed by chance encounters, long walks that have enabled me to process the events transpiring in my life, self-understanding, the gradual emergence of inner peace, and finally resolve about what I value and how to proceed with my life once back in the mix.

The restoration of my relationship with myself has not been the only benefit of working through these challenging moments. The most important ideas I have come up with that have shaped my life and career have emerged in this way: by having the patience and inner determination to break through (boredom) to breakthrough.

Think about it: How will you find the creativity to better develop your relationships with others and enhance the impact you make in the world if you do not understand who you are and what you value?

This week, make a pact with yourself to break through your boredom. With some patience and a bit of luck, you will reach a breakthrough.
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Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday every other week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).