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What is the purpose of working?

What is the purpose of working?

purpose of lifeI came across the following story (see below) while doing research for an upcoming SmartBrief article.

I was looking for information about economics, and here was this piece on finding purpose in your life. I’m researching money and up pops the meaning and purpose of life!

Hmmm…what delightful serendipity!

The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live with purpose. ~Michel de Montaigne

I was unsuccessful in finding the author’s name. She or he deserve kudos because the piece is so simple yet it carries a big wallop.

Its message prompted me to reflect on both my first and second acts of life:  What is my purpose? What am I working for? What are we all working for?

What does the story make you feel/think/wish for after reading it?


An American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna.

The America complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while. (more…)

What do you see? An opportunity or an obstacle?

What do you see? An opportunity or an obstacle?

I found this poem while doing research for my book and loved how the content pulled me into reflection. That reflection allowed me to see all the opportunities around me–opportunities that I wasn’t seeing because I thought they were obstacles.

May reading this poem do the same for you, so you can see the opportunities you’re missing!





Leadership Quotes – the Power of Persistence

Leadership Quotes – the Power of Persistence

Leadership quotes to help you amp up your power of persistence

power of leadership persistence


A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change. ~Earl Nightingale

The best way out is always through. ~Robert Frost

If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack. ~Winston Churchill


3 ways to be less judgmental

3 ways to be less judgmental

don't be judgmentalHis public message to me was terse even by Twitter standards for brevity: 

“@thehrgoddess Your tweets are drivel. #unfollow”

My first thought after reading that message was how rude.

Curious, I reread the tweet that prompted this attack (how I was feeling) – it was a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt,“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”

I love quotes.

I see them as succinct storytelling at its best.

So, in that frame of mind, I responded, “Guess you don’t share my love of quotes.” (more…)