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It Doesn’t Take Much To Make Someone Feel Loved And Respected

Author: Jason Terry

This week, I thought I would share a story about something that happened to me recently. It’s a story about a random act of kindness that reminded me it doesn’t take much to make someone feel loved and respected. And it involves one of our clients, Umbrella Managed Systems.

Umbrella Managed SystemsWe’ve been doing business with Umbrella since 2010 in various capacities. Umbrella has had a lot of success over the years and we’re honored to have played a small part in making that happen.

They’ve been in the Top 10 list of Network Support Companies in the Kansas City Business Journal’s Book of Lists since 2011 and they were #6 in 2016.

A Long Day

Last week, I was working with Umbrella on their blogging efforts. It was their first real month of storytelling with our help and we had a lot of things to get in place for the process to work. I was scheduled to be there until 2pm but ended up staying until after 5pm getting everything knocked out.

Heath Stover is one of the principals of Umbrella and is also my friend. We worked together all day in his office and he felt bad that it was taking so long to get everything done. He felt even worse when he overheard me talking to my wife Trista about pushing back our dinner plans. (Which wasn’t a big deal for us at all!)

Special Delivery

Trista - FlowersSo the following Monday, Trista got a special delivery at the hospital where she works. It was a beautiful flower arrangement with a note from Heath apologizing for keeping me late. She was so surprised! She called me to tell me the story and I could hear in her voice that it had made an impact.

And I got to thinking about what that simple gesture meant. It told me a lot about the value that Heath places on our relationship. It told me that he appreciates me and the work I do for them. It told me that we have a relationship that matters. And if you don’t know me that well, that’s really the most important thing to me in the world.

Random Acts of Kindness

The cost of a flower arrangement (or Chiptole gift card, etc.) pales in comparison to the benefit you get from taking the time to do a random act of kindness for someone. An employee. A vendor. Your business partner. Whatever.

The challenge is finding those moments to be creative and make someone smile. It has to be something you keep in the back of your mind so that when the opportunity presents itself, you are ready to act. And then of course you have to follow through and take the time to act!

My Challenge to You

Find an opportunity in the next week to tangibly thank someone who makes a difference in your life. (If you already regularly do that, nice job! Share your stories in the Comments section below.) And if you accomplish that… try doing it every week…and then every month….for the rest of your life. I am 100% convinced it’s one of the ways you will find…and spread…true happiness.

P.S. – Heath, if you’re reading this… thanks man. I really appreciate it. See you soon for our next round of blogging!

Who Will Show Up At Your Funeral?

Hello friends. It’s Jason with this week’s blog post.

I’ve been thinking about doing this post for a few weeks now, but I struggled writing it and it never seemed like a good time to publish it. And I know this post isn’t about what we do at Blue Gurus or a tip on blogging or LinkedIn, but it’s something important to me and I hope it’s thought provoking for you.

I had some time over the long holiday weekend to put my thoughts down, so here goes. (Be sure to check out the link to the instructions at the bottom of this post for disabling a LinkedIn profile for someone that has passed, but their profile is still active.)

My Friend Jim

JimA good friend of mine, Jim Belfield, died on April 10th in a car wreck. He was only 54 years old.

Jim was a dentist with his own practice. I met Jim on the golf course and remember being impressed with how good a golfer he was. I mention this detail because it’s important later…

He joined one of the peer advisory groups I’m in and our relationship grew strong over many years together. We shared the ups and downs of life. We talked about business. We talked about family. We talked about leadership. We talked about providing for friends, family and those in need. We talked about stuff that matters. We shot skeet at Powder Creek together. And we loved eating goldfish crackers together at our business retreats at the lake.

Jim continues to have an impact on my life and I think about him often. I know there are literally thousands of people that can say the same thing.

Who Will Show Up At Your Funeral?

I chose the title for this post because for me, it’s the most important point.

The question is, “Who will show up at your funeral?” The answer for Jim was, “a whole lot of people.”

PAG at the LakeJim’s funeral was at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Johnson Drive. It’s a large church with a beautiful sanctuary. And it was completely full. There were literally hundreds of people that showed up to honor Jim and support his family. It was an amazing testament to the life that Jim led. He impacted so many people with his love and generosity.

I attended the service with the other members of our peer advisory group.

Mike Jones, one of the founders of our group, has always talked about how we are “stretcher bearers” for each other in life. That we would do life together for many, many years and ultimately serve as pallbearers for each other until we were too frail or too few to do so. We weren’t the pallbearers at the cemetery, but we were definitely Jim’s pallbearers in spirit.

One of Jim’s best friends and golfing partners spoke at the funeral. (His nickname is “Captain Fairway” because he usually ends up in the fairway when he’s golfing.) He did such an amazing job. I’d held it together pretty well until he told the story of he and Jim winning a Lake Quivira golf tournament.

Captain Fairway had a falling out with his next door neighbor. It was over something the neighbor had done. The tournament came down to Jim and Captain Fairway against the neighbor and one of his friends. When Jim and Captain Fairway ended up winning, it felt so good. He had finally beaten his nemesis and felt vindicated.

Jim walked up to Captain Fairway on that final green and said, “Can you forgive your neighbor now?”

It was a perfect example of the kind of person Jim was. And it definitely had me in tears.

What About Jim’s LinkedIn Profile?

Mic mentioned to me recently that he got a notice from LinkedIn that Jim was celebrating a work anniversary. Sadly, that’s not the case and it’s one of a million loose ends that hasn’t been taken care of when someone passes unexpectedly.

I didn’t want to bother the family about it, and they might not have known how to take care of it anyway.

If you know someone that passes, and you see that their LinkedIn profile is still active, all you have to do is fill out a form. You don’t even have to be a family member. Click here for the LinkedIn support ticket with instructions and a link to the form.

I miss you Jim. Thank you for being my friend and for giving me perspective. I will see you again some day, hopefully on a golf course with a healthy supply of goldfish crackers.

What Would You Do? The Story Of A Man Stuck In A Bank

Post author: Mic Johnson

LifeisgoodMy day started out as it so often does, sitting in my home office enjoying a hot cup of green tea in my LifeIsGood mug and doing a little meditation (I’ve been working on meditation and mindfulness for the last 3 months) using the Vision Pursue app I was introduced to from my friend Jon McGraw.

As the morning went on, I attended the monthly networking/education Business Book Review put on by another good friend, Shawn Kinkade. I then took my car to my friend Carl Casey at Casey’s Auto Repair to have him give the car a good once-over before we hit the road for a Memorial Day weekend trip.

I then headed to the bank to close out our safe deposit box. I knew it would only take a few minutes and then I’d be off to grab lunch and get on with the rest of my day.

And that’s when the day took a rather unusual turn.

safe deposit funI went into the vault with the bank representative. He put my key in one slot and then put the bank key in the other slot. But it wouldn’t open. He jiggled it. He wiggled it. He turned the key left and right. But the box wouldn’t open. Even worse, my key was stuck.

Then a manager joined us in the vault to give it a try. She wiggled it even more. She jiggled it even more. She turned the key left and right even more. Nothing. It was stuck.

I was standing in a bank vault locked out of my safe deposit box.

The bank representatives then told me that the only thing they could do was call a representative from Diebold to come to the bank and to break into my safety deposit box. He had just gotten to Lawrence, KS and was at least 45 minutes away. No problem, I thought to myself. I would just go grab lunch and come back when they got the safe deposit box open.

And that’s when they told me I couldn’t leave.

Apparently when something like this happens (at least according to the processes and procedures at this bank), the customer can’t leave the bank because it would open them up to a lot of potential liability (like if my passport or will went was missing, for example.)

My 5 minute trip to the bank ended up taking 2 hours. As you can imagine, this could have easily caused my blood pressure to rise, but I consciously decided to take a different approach. I wanted to share a few of the lessons I took away from that experience:

  1. MicInABankSMILE AND LAUGH. The bank staff were very friendly and apologetic, but every one of them greeted me with a smile. While I could have let out my frustration on them, I proactively chose NOT to do that. It wouldn’t have helped me. It wouldn’t have helped them. And it would have made a frustrating situation all the more frustrating for everyone involved. So I smiled back and even laughed a little at the unusual predicament I found myself in.
  2. WE WERE ALL IN IT TOGETHER. It wasn’t just my day that took a wrong turn. It impacted the bank representatives. It impacted the service tech from Diebold who had to drive back from Lawrence in the pouring rain. It impacted the customer he was going to in Lawrence who took a lower priority because of my situation.
  3. MY IPHONE WAS MY FRIEND. I posted about the situation on my Facebook page and several of my friends commented (and I’m assuming got a good laugh), so it helped lighten my mood as I joked about it being unusual trying to break OUT of a bank, how there was a security guard there who I pretended was hired solely to keep me IN the bank, etc. I also took the time to check email, make a couple of phone calls, and read some online content. And I texted Jason and my wife Missy and told them about what was going on.
  4. I WAS REPRESENTING BLUE GURUS. I was wearing a Blue Gurus logo’d shirt (provided by our friend Keith Steiniger of Proforma IDology Marketing Group) and was consciously aware that how I handled this situation would reflect not only on me personally, but on our company too.
  5. SafetyDepositFun (1)LIFE IS 10% WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU…and 90% how you react to it. Life rarely goes exactly the way we want it to. Adversity comes in many forms. We all have a choice in how we respond to situations. I’m thankful I was able to pull from that life lesson that day.
  6. FIND THE SILVER LININGS. I left the bank and the bank manager kept telling me “You are awesome. I’ve never had someone handle a situation like that so well.” The situation also gave me a blog topic to write about. And my lovely wife made a delicious salad that was waiting for me when I got back to my home office.

I hope this post made you laugh a little. I hope it made you think about how you handle adversity, in whatever form life decides to serve it up to you. And I hope you take these lessons and think about them the next time your day takes a wrong turn.

Thank you for your support of Blue Gurus and our blog. It means more to us than you know. If you know of a company looking to redo their website, wanting to start blogging, or needing help with LinkedIn…call or email me at 913-645-6650 or mic@bluegurus.com.

Blue Gurus Turns 7 This Week. Wow.

Post author: Jason Terry

Jason HugHello friends. Coming up with an idea for this week’s blog was easy. We celebrated Blue Gurus turning 7 years old on April 26th. It’s amazing to me, and I’m so thankful!

None of this would’ve happened without the people that have trusted us to help them. Thank you to our friends and clients who allow us to make a living doing work that matters. Anybody that wants a hug or fist bump, just let us know. We’ve got an endless supply for you.

I remember being nervous about taking the leap even though there was no doubt I was committed to starting my own company.

Thank you to my wife Trista for believing in me. I told her that I wanted to start my own business on a rainy day in April 2009. And then I proposed to her. I hit her with a lot to process all at once and thankfully she said “yes” to everything!

She has encouraged and supported me through the ups and downs ever since. I heard a great story recently from a really good guy talking about getting his wife to marry him. He said she was out of his league, but convincing her to say yes was his best sales job ever. And that’s exactly how I feel about Trista. She’s amazing and I am lucky to have her in my life.

I remember thinking when I started Blue Gurus that I wanted to work with someone because otherwise it would be really lonely.

Mic CelebratingI’m glad it took less than a year to figure that out. Thank you to Mic for believing in me. Mic and I reconnected at a Kansas City Chamber event right around the time I was starting Blue Gurus. It was too early to bring him on financially, but we wanted to work together and stayed in touch with each other.

Several months later, we were finally able to start working together. He’s become one of my best friends. He’s done so much for me, our clients and for Blue Gurus. This journey has been even more rewarding because Mic has walked most of it with me…always trying to keep me from getting distracted by shiny things.

I remember the list of clients from our first year.

I use Quickbooks Online to manage our accounting. (It’s GREAT for service-based businesses!) I remember wrapping up the books in December 2009 and looking at the list of clients who had written us a check. It wasn’t a long list, but it was an important one. I remember hoping that someday I would have to click the “next” button on the list of clients because there were so many that I had to page through them. I was so happy at the end of the next year because we actually got there… Woohoo!

And now when I look through the list, every company name brings back memories. I remember how we met. Who referred us. The work we did together. And the fun that we had getting things done. Thank you!

Challenge #1: The Great Recession

We all went through the Great Recession between 2007 and 2009. So yeah, I started Blue Gurus in the worst economic decline since World War II. Smart, right?

People weren’t spending much money on training or marketing. They were slashing head counts and doing whatever they could to get by. In spite of that, there were enough opportunities to make a living. One of the nice things about LinkedIn and blogging is that you get so much bang for your buck. I’d had success using these tools to double the revenue of my previous company in 18 months and was able to tell that story confidently and passionately.

The measure of a person is the amount of adversity it takes to make them quit. Click To Tweet

I had that quote on a piece of paper on my desk that first year. It was a good reminder to stay the course.

Challenge #2: Social Media Infancy in Business

It’s true when I tell people that we were doing LinkedIn and blogging way before they were cool. Today, most people know it’s an important part of doing business. The first few years we were selling the vision required much patience and constant education. I remember sitting in a boardroom full of business owners saying things like, “I’m not going to spend a dollar on social media if it doesn’t make me two dollars.”

Wow. We’ve come a long way since then.

Thank you. You mean so much to us.

I don’t know how you found this blog post. It could have been a link you clicked from a status update on LinkedIn. You might be subscribed to our blog updates through email. It might have been a link on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter.

But no matter how you found it, you’re reading it.

My gut tells me you wouldn’t have clicked or read if you didn’t care about us personally. We believe that the relationships we have with family, friends, clients and peers are incredibly important…some of the most important things in life.

So thank you for being such an important part of our world!  We appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.

Thank you for celebrating 7 years with us. We’ll continue to pour everything we have into our relationships for many years to come.

[Virtual hug and fist bump.]

I Spend Every Day Looking For Awesome

Post Author: Mic Johnson

I spend every day looking for the awesome in life. Awesome people. Awesome food. Awesome experiences. Awesome writing. Awesome technology. Awesome EVERYTHING.

I spend every day looking for AWESOME. Doing so empowers me to live a happy and fulfilling life. Click To Tweet

As I’ve said more times than I can remember: “If you’re awesome, I’m all in. If you suck, I’m done.” I wrote this post because I wanted to share with you, the reader, some of the AWESOME that I’m grateful to have in my life.

Take just a few minutes to read about the people and things I discuss in this post and I assure you that some of the AWESOME will rub off on you too!

GetOrganizedBaseball is back and the World Champion Kansas City Royals had Opening Day on Sunday, April 3rd. My wife Missy and I bought a half-season ticket package this year. Let’s just say tailgating for Opening Day started at 2 p.m. and we got home around midnight. It was a blast! Get your tickets and head out to The K and check out the World Series trophy, the newly remodeled Rivals sports bar in right field, and more.

My friend Cynthia Kyriazis, owner of Productivity Partners, is a Productivity Coach, Strategist, Trainer, Speaker, Consultant and recently published a book to help disorganized people get organized. It’s called Get Organized. Get Focused. Get Moving. and is an Amazon Best Seller!

Blue Gurus just landed one of our biggest clients and the entire experience was awesome. Jason wrote about it recently. If you missed it, take some time to learn How To Treat People During The Sales Process.

My friend Alana Muller, owner of Coffee Lunch Coffee, is a Networking Coach & Consultant, Author, Blogger, Speaker, Facilitator and is actively involved in Seven Days. There are a host of amazing and inspiring events coming up in Kansas City April 12-18.

Bob WasabiI freaking LOVE sushi and my latest sushi craze in Kansas City is, hands down, Bob Wasabi Kitchen. The food is a little bit more pricey than you might spend at other places, but that’s because Bob knows what he’s doing. I’d argue this is the freshest and best tasting sushi in Kansas City right now. Bob, his wife, his two daughters and his son all moved from Hawaii to open this restaurant. They all work together..and they all live together. And Kansas Citians are welcoming them with opening arms. LIKE them on Facebook and check out the Yelp review I wrote for them.

Ever had that annoying situation where you’re trying to schedule (or reschedule) a meeting with a bunch of people and you’e dreading having to find a new time and date that works for everyone? Your prayers have been answered by Doodle. The basic scheduling service is free and easy to use. Thanks to my awesome friend Melissa Eggleston, Director of Private Banking at Alterra Bank, for telling me about it.

lifeisgoodMy friend Shawn Kinkade, owner of Aspire Business Development, is a Professional Business Coach. One of the awesome things Shawn does each month (and one of my MUST ATTEND events in Kansas City) is called the Business Book Review. He recently did a review of the book (and company) Life Is Good. I was so inspired that I went out to their site and bought a couple of their coffee mugs!

My friend Ray Ruecker, owner of Connect 5000, told me about this article…Why Entrepreneurs Rule The World. It was originally written in 2009 during the recession. It’s interesting to read it now as the economy is in much better shape than it was then, but the overall message still rings true.

I recently met Stephanie Guin, owner of The Guin Group. Stephanie launched her business nearly a year ago and provides Executive and Leadership Coaching, Career Coaching/Professional Rebranding, HR Organizational Development and Consulting, and Workshops. We had a great conversation at our initial meeting and our friendship and professional relationship continues to grow. I’ve already given her information to a couple of people I know who are going through career transition.

My good friend and trainer Tim Crough, owner of Tim timcroughCrough Fitness, was just featured in the Kansas City Star for the great work he does with The Mission Project, which enables capable adults with developmental disabilities to live independently and safely in community with individualized support. Tim’s mantra is Move Right. Eat Clean. Be Strong. He can help you do all three.

Would you like to easily unsubscribe from unwanted email lists and just better manage your email in general? Check out Unroll.me. It’s saved me tons of time and changed my life for the better.

On a personal note, my wife Missy, a professional meeting and event planner, is in the third year of her business, MJMeetings. She wasn’t born an entrepreneur like so many others are, but she’s done an amazing job of getting outside of her comfort zone and growing personally and professionally. I’m extremely proud of her and it’s been so much fun to be by her side and watch her entrepreneurial evolution.

5 regrets of the dyingOne of my favorite #micnuggets is “The hardest thing about perspective is keeping it.” Whenever I feel like I might be getting out of balance personally and professionally, I remind myself of one of my favorite articles of all time. It has a way of immediately humbling me and bringing my perspective right back into focus. It’s called The Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying.

I hope you took away something from all of the awesomeness you just read. What’s been going on that’s AWESOME in you world?

Share your awesome stories, restaurants, local experiences, people, etc. in the Comments section below!

20 Great Gift Ideas This Holiday Season

Post author: Mic Johnson

1. Give thanks.

2. Give someone a call that you’ve been thinking about.

3. Give help to someone who didn’t ask for it.

4. Give yourself permission to get outside of your comfort zone.

giving5. Give yourself the gift of being true to yourself.

6. Give the gift of a LIKE, a re-tweet, a comment, and a share.

7. Give a smile.

8. Give common courtesy.

9. Give your time.

10. Give a referral.

11. Give a hand.

12. Give food and clothes to a homeless shelter.

13. Give hope.

14. Give hugs.

15. Give encouragement.

16. Give love.

17. Give enthusiasm.

18. Give inspiration.

19. Give patience.

20. Give compassion.

And when you’re done with all of these, give yourself a pat on the back.

Thank you.

Wow. It’s been six and a half years since we started helping companies tell their stories through blogging, building websites and training teams how to use LinkedIn effectively. And none of it would have been possible if it weren’t for you. And I do mean you. The only reason you’re reading this is if you have some kind of connection to Blue Gurus. You know me or Mic personally. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be taking the time to read this.

Jason TerryI’m so thankful for the relationship that we have. Whether you’re a client, a family member, referral partner, peer advisory group member, or you just know us socially, you’re a friend. And nothing matters more to us.

Did you know that around 90% of startups fail? I really like this article at Fortune.com that goes into why. The number one reason for startups failing was that the market didn’t need their product or service. I think we’ve gotten past the startup phase, but I think the idea is true for every business, no matter how old. People have to want or need what you’re doing or selling for you to be successful.

And that’s why our relationship matters so much. You trust us. You trust us with your company stories and brand. You trust us with the visible representation of your brand through your website. And you trust us with your people when we train them. You trust us to be there to celebrate and cry with you. And you trust that we’ll do what we say we’re going to do.

Thank you. Thank you for your trust. Thank you for allowing us to make a living by helping you accomplish your goals. Thank you for your friendship.

I hope that you enjoy your Thanksgiving with family and friends! Hopefully, you aren’t running all over the place and stressing out. If you are, try to find a moment to sit down, breathe, and think about all the good things this year has brought. The people that were instrumental in making those things happen. And hopefully, that will put a big smile on your face. Just like it did for me.

The Nicest Email We’ve Ever Received

Post author: Mic Johnson

Carol BushWe recently completed a one-day website project for one of the most awesome people I know, who just launched her business called The Social Nurse (how cool is that name?).

Her name is Carol Bush. She recently sent both me and Jason the email below letting us know how she felt about the project…and all of the amazing things that have happened since the launch of her website and business.

We both agreed it was the nicest email we’ve ever received in the nearly 7 years we’ve been in business. 

We wanted to share her email with you because this is exactly why we do what we do, how we do it, and who we do it for.

Simply put, Jason and I live for moments like this. It’s what gets us out of bed every morning, excited and energized to have an opportunity to help awesome people like Carol every single day…

“Holy freakin’ cow….the compliments on the quality of my new marrvy website have been amazing! From long-time nationally recognized nurse bloggers, no less!

The stats are so interesting. My awesome network is sharing across all social media platforms. Two days after my launch….I already received two invitations to speak at nursing conferences in 2016!!

The largest online community of oncology nurses picked up my Teach a Nurse to Tweet post and shared on their moderated LinkedIn group….which has…gasp! 10,000 members.

10 freaking thousand.

The Social NurseAnd this is only from my network sharing…I haven’t even individually scheduled a post to appear on any of my personal social media feeds yet!

Oh…and cool thing is that I have 10 new connections from small business owners in Kansas City metro. ROI, Baby!!!

In addition, Oncology Nursing News just asked to feature my posts in a print version of their publication.  A bi-monthly, regular feature. The folks who are into print are who I want to reach.  :)

Just like I shared on my ONE DAY WEBSITE BUILD date….I have been a Blue Gurus Brand Advocate for 3-ish years, and I knew you guys were awesome. I just didn’t realize how awesome until I experienced the efficiency, innovation and creativity myself.

I never would have been able to achieve the sharp professionalism that my BlueGurus Built site exudes by myself. Yeah, I could get something on the web for free…but it would have looked like free….and I am not running a business for free.

And….I also knew your pricing was affordable for small/medium businesses, and boot-strapped startups…but I seriously thought it would require an investment at least double what I ended up investing.

Thank you for being awesome friends. Thank you for delivering over and above what I imagined. Thank you for caring enough about your customers to create a high quality product.

I will be telling everyone I know….Stop! Don’t let your Brother-in-Law build your website for free! Let Blue-Gurus do it and take a marrvy vacation instead with the savings!

Warm regards….Carol

#BiggerChampionThanYourMom”

All We Have To Do Is Hold On

Hi there, it’s Mic here. I’ve been thinking about the following topic for quite some time. Inspiration hit recently and the following post flowed out of during yet another rainy Sunday morning in Kansas City. I’d love to hear your perspective as it relates to your own life experiences. As always, thanks for your continued support of Blue Gurus. We appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.

I’m fascinated (and, in some instances, deeply saddened and disturbed) by how often one’s happiness, confidence and self-worth are so closely intertwined with one’s career and financial situation.

I routinely hear about people who are miserable, lost and defeated by their career and financial situation. Anxiety, fear, uncertainty and depression are their bedfellows. I also routinely hear about people who are happy and confident (and, in some cases, overconfident) by their career and financial situation. Optimism, hope and security are their bedfellows.

Ironically, in many cases, those are snapshots of the same people (myself included)—just at different times in their lives.

Roller coasterThe illusion of course is that any situation or level of happiness or unhappiness is permanent….though it most certainly often feels that way when you’re in the moment.

That is coupled with the illusion that we’re entirely in control of our career and financial destiny. Many people like to believe that everything they’ve accomplished has been solely through their own hard work. While hard work is definitely important, the reality is that luck, timing, opportunity, courage, risk tolerance, socioeconomic status and countless other circumstances all factor into the ever-evolving equation.

No one has it all figured out. As the saying goes, “Man makes plans…and God laughs.” It’s never as good as you think it is and it’s never as bad as you think it is. Life pulls us in all different directions…sometimes in the same day. The happiest people make a conscious effort to keep perspective and remain humble no matter where life takes them.

If I’ve learned anything throughout my life, it’s this:

Life is like a roller coaster. All we have to do is hold on.

A New Batch Of #micnuggets

Post author: Mic Johnson

Over the years I’ve found that my mind and creative levels are at their highest right when I wake up. Not too surprising, I suppose, because the power of a good night’s rest is well documented.

Such was the case recently as I laid in bed one Sunday morning thinking about the types of advice I’ve been giving people (and of course applying in my own life) over the years. I started documenting these years ago and call them #micnuggets. I literally have a 17 page Word document full of #micnuggets that I hope to eventually turn into a book one day.

So here are some of the #micnuggets that popped into my head that one Sunday morning. Enjoy.

micnuggetsTake risks.

Trust your instincts.

Voraciously pursue happiness.

Don’t settle.

Surround yourself with awesome people.

Helping others is addicting.

Find someone who believes in you more than you believe in yourself.

Corporate job security and loyalty, for most people, is a myth.

You don’t realize how stiff career headwinds can be until you’re in a career with the wind at your back.

People are drawn to enthusiasm and optimism.

You don’t have to do it like everyone else does.

Do what you say you’re going to do…every time.

Once you figure it out, help other people figure it out.

Never stop dreaming… that’s where every reality starts.

Regularly brainstorm with yourself and with others…sometimes all it takes is one good idea.

Fear is part of the process of moving forward.

It isn’t failure if you learned from it.

You impact more peoples’ lives than you’ll ever know. Act accordingly.

Be the one that lets other people know that they aren’t crazy.

Walk in the light of your own authenticity and others will be drawn to you.

Always believe in your ability to figure it out.

It’s called the road less traveled by for a reason.

micnuggets2Every day you’re lucky enough to wake up, you have a choice to be awesome.

There are few things better than inspiring someone to make a positive change in their life.

Saying I’m sorry is one of the bravest things you can do.

Tell people how you feel. Being honest is better than the alternative.

Fill your life with people you love doing things you love doing.

Outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens.

Be organized… it’s better than the alternative.

Make a regular, conscious effort to reduce stress in your life.

Take vacations.

The only critic that matters is you.

Any time spent on regret or envy is wasted time.

It doesn’t have to always be one way or another… sometimes it’s both.

You can learn a lot about life if you pay attention at funerals.

Stop procrastinating. Start doing.

You can always convince yourself it’s not the right time. The hardest part is having the courage to take the leap. Don’t be the person left standing on the high dive at the end of your life.

Slow down.

Don’t run away from your emotions. Things you put in the closet always end up falling on you.

Find mentors. Be a mentor.

Be a giver. Avoid the takers.

Stop beating yourself up. Life throws enough punches.

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