Have you created your masterpiece? If not, do you have an idea of what it might look or sound like? Obviously my relationship with my husband, John, is a masterpiece, but perhaps there is another consummate expression of my time here on earth waiting to be constructed. And I think I know what it might be.
Is it possible that growing up reading the Bobbsey Twins and keeping middle school diaries (you know, the one with the little lock and key) prepared me for the world of post-it notes and podcasts? Perhaps it is just my nature to enjoy exploring the skills used for moving information and ideas efficiently and effectively. Books, articles, newsletters all provide fabulous resources for motivation and education. I find comfort in the book by Haemin Sunim, The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down. The blog I read religiously is Friday Food for Thought by Vijay Khatnani. Liz Bywater’s book Slow Down to Speed Up is a powerhouse of resources for business leaders.
Along with the above, I find inspiration in publications and podcasts ranging from Fast Company to Vanity Fair, with OPRAH, The Royals and Michelle Obama’s book Becoming, all mixed in there. I take it all in and then apply it to my life and to Jane Barr Horstman and Associates. As Lindsay Shaffer said, “The best way to achieve success is to design a life you love and live it every day”. That adage is also a great foundation for creating a masterpiece.
What have I designed and how do I live it every day? It is not a stretch to find myself motivated to write a book and/or develop a TED Talk. Sharing how JBH&A started, grew and thrives, just makes sense to me. It would be a natural way to encourage others.
These days I don’t keep a journal. Remember the one I kept in middle school? Well my mom found it, read it and I got in a ton of trouble. She left an impression. There is, however, a gratitude journal by my bed, and I make sure that it is updated several times a week.
In brief, I would love for you to share with me what your masterpiece is, or what you are working on. Most of all, let inspire and encourage each other to achieve our goals.
Have a magical day!
CEO, Jane Barr Horstman & Associates
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