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Book Review: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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Given the popularity of Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, I’m surprised I only just read it this week. It’s been in my queue for years, but I never had a copy and for some reason, I just didn’t buy it. Earlier this year, I found a copy on my apartment building’s bookshelf, so I snatched it up and included it in my September TBR list. I enjoyed it a lot, but it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. Knowing how much you can take away from the messages, I ended up with 4.5 stars even though part of me thought it could have pushed the envelope a bit more. Then again, it is almost 15 years old and this type of literature has only become popular in recent years. For its time (minimal social media or digital blogs!), it was definitely motivating.

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Rather than critique the book, I’ve decided to focus more on the messages within it. Life is short. You should remember the valuable things when you’re in the latter stages approaching death. Perhaps if you develop a terminal illness, you’ve been given an opportunity to squeeze in as much as possible before you do actually pass on. It seems odd to phrase it in such a manner, but rather than just die unexpectedly, you have a rough time period in your head… you can try to achieve a few goals and make whatever changes you can before it’s too late. Of course, a terminal illness comes with extraordinarily negative impacts, but I’d prefer to focus on the benefits you can reap from the messages in such a book.

It’s not important how clean your house is, tho I often obsess over it. It doesn’t matter if you traveled the world and saw amazing things when you don’t have anyone you love by your side. And you’re not gonna focus on the little things in those last few moments. So make the most of it… find people you care for and share your feelings. That’s basically the gist of the autobiographical work on a very cursory level. Albom goes back and forth between his younger days with Morrie and his older days with Morrie, and as readers, we see the change in him across time.

I kinda feel like this was one big way to accomplish a goal, but we can also implement his ideas in smaller form across each day. That’s where I found the greatest lessons in his words. I’m on a kick to read a few more of his books this fall, too.

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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Book Review: Over the Hill on Yellow Brick Road by Cathi Turow

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Creativity has always been the most important aspect of a writer’s success in my humble opinion. Sometimes it’s the golden balance of wit and truth that make a book stand out among others in its genre. When a bloggerCathi Turow, I’ve been following published a book, Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road: Growing Older with Silliness, High Spirits and a Lot of Heart, earlier this year, I marked it as something to look into over the summer. Well summer arrived, and I found myself with a copy of something that sounded like a cross between almost everything. There’s a bit of truth in this off-beat and off-the-beaten-path (oh, that’s kinda funny when you think about the title) of a memoir (if I may borrow from Turow’s blog) combined with the sarcasm and humor of a well-written writer. And it makes sense given a former role was writing for television and children. So why not combine all of these things together in a ~100-page sorta-picture book filled with fantastic themes, imagery, advice and challenges, right?

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Turow’s book was a surprise. I knew what it covered before I dove in, but the world she’s created is admirable and endearing. You’ve heard all the nursery rhymes. You’ve listened to all the corny advice people share about growing older. But you’ve never quite heard it all tied together like this… a mom learning to adjust to the next phase in her life goes for a walk but is swept adrift to a faraway land. She wants only to get home, but at the same time, she feels compelled to help those around her in this land. Sometimes she’s offering the same advice she had once needed or had given to her, but in others, the quirky and memorable characters (don’t even get me started on the cute google-eyed pictures) show her a different way of looking at things. I don’t like to spoil a book, but there’s 1 story that will make you want to take a chance on this book… think of the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. What if she was a sudden empty-nester and considering downsizing? Should she choose a sandal? Or a glove? Or maybe something totally different? Yep, that’s the marvelous tone set for this book from the beginning. And what a fun read it was!

Less than 2 hours, a comfy couch, a glass of seltzer, and I’m laughing my you-know-what off for a while. But then we get to a certain truth about a certain 4-letter word, and I just lost it for a few minutes. Even Baxter (the 15-week puppy I just got) cocked his head and looked at me like I’m crazy. Crazy like a fox, I said… or at least the author is. She’s on to something quite good here and I can’t wait to see what journey unfolds with the next book she’s planning. For now, take a gander at her blog — you’ll LOVE it.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

AWARD: Blogger Recognition

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I was nominated by homemum2catspluskids and coffeecocktailsandbooks last year but with my book launch, I wasn’t able to respond. Now I am back to finishing a few tags and awards. Thank you so much for the nomination. Please check out her blog!

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The Rules

* Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
* Write a post to show your award.
* Give a brief story of how your blog started.
* Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
* Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
* Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

How My Blog Started

  • Almost two years ago, I left my full-time corporate technology position and found myself with a few months of free time, at least before I would head back to work again. Part of my professional position included managing WordPress website development, and I had done some XML and HTML coding over a decade ago. I thought I should get a bit more hands-on with WP, which led to me creating three (3) websites: (a) author, (b) this personal blog and (c) my book. I also began reading and posting my reviews on Goodreads each day. After a few weeks, I found myself meeting new people, adding more content and having a grand ole time. I had things to say and people seemed to have fun reading and commenting. It’s taken off over the last 18 months and I now have about 6000 followers between all three sites and my connected social media accounts. Thank you to everyone; I truly appreciate all the kindness and interest. It’s become part of my full-time job, in addition to writing, bringing lots of fun and depth to my life each day. And now I’m looking to build and grow in many directions, looking for guidance, advice and requests from each of you! So bring it on…

Advice For Others

  • Create the blog for yourself — not for anyone else, in the beginning. Give some thought to the things you want to say and how often you plan to share. Create content that makes you happy, as it will have more quality when you’re first starting out as a new blogger. Reach out and connect to other bloggers who share similar interests. I’ve had about a 50% connection rate, meaning half the time I never hear back from the person, but  half the time I do. And in that process, I see great styles and topics on other people’s blogs, find wonderful people to share a few minutes of fun with each day and I learn different techniques for being open, flexible and friendly. Comment all the time. Be nice. Be friendly. Open new dialogue.
  • Build check-in points. I don’t mean put in a target to have “x” followers by a certain time period. I mean… check your statistics every week or couple of weeks to learn how people are using your site. Do you have 100 views and only 2 likes? What does that mean? Do you have 100 views and 100 unique people, meaning no one is looking at multiple pages? Learn what you’re doing that people like and what they don’t like, so you can determine if you need or want to make any changes down the line. Message me if you have questions on these features. Don’t get discouraged. Over time, you’ll see growth if you’re doing all the right things. Some people hit it perfectly the first time; others take a few months. But remember, you need to start out doing this for yourself to get comfortable before you can leap frog all over the place.

My Nominees

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Book Review: Simple Observations by Patrick Dykie

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A few weeks ago, I saw a post that a blogger I follow, Patrick Dykie, had published a book called Simple Observations: A Humorous Look at the Absurdity of the World Around Us. He’d offered the book via BookGrabbr, a fun new site I am also now following. In his debut, Dykie offers an alphabetical collection of ~25 essays (fun discussions?) basically having a conversation with his readers about various thoughts gallivanting through his head. I thought I’d read a few each night before bed while I was also reading a mystery novel, but after the first few, I found myself unable to put down his book.
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At many points, I had to because my stomach hurt from laughing. At others, I had to so I could contemplate what he’d just told us… on many levels, his observations were completely accurate and eye-opening. On a few others, it was purely just a good laugh. All in all, it’s a fantastic read that will give you a bit of sarcasm, sass, humor, comedy, and eye rolls… we all know people like the one’s he’s described. We’ve all said the same things (a mumble under our breath) when it happens… and on some occasions, he’s probably even talking about something we’ve done ourselves.

Kudos to him for taking his blog writing to another level and sharing a wonderful treasure with us readers! See his blog here.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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365 Challenge: Day 361 – Tips

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Tips: (a) monetary gratuity for doing a good job, or (b) new segment sharing advice for writers on the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog

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Today is the 5-day countdown until the 365 Daily Challenge is complete. I’ve chosen tips as the word to discuss in my post because it will be one of the bigger segments on my blog in the coming weeks. I have a few other reveals in the next few days, but this is the first of the vision unfolding before our eyes… I’m not entirely certain how it’s going to come together, but I plan to spend the next two weeks mulling over the approach, style, and content I’d like to share. Along with last Sunday’s flashback word mentor, I want my website and blog to represent a big piece of who I am… someone who likes to help other people by sharing all that I’ve learned on my own journey. Through the 365 Daily Challenge, I often suggested tips or provided advice on a few topics. In the enhanced blog, I want it to be a more formal approach where I have a few different segments or arcs throughout the month.

A few of the areas I’m considering:

  • Tips for writers. While I’m a fairly new author, I have been writing for years either professionally in my business career or creatively in my personal time. Providing tips doesn’t imply I’m an expert… I’m certain my editor will concur with that statement! I have loads of mistakes in different drafts of my books as they’re being written. In the first published version of Watching Glass Shatter, it contained a bunch of grammatical and proofreading issues (all later corrected) because it’s hard to find your own mistakes after re-reading the same thing repeatedly. Once I brought in an outside editor, it was life-changing. And so… I look at tips as a way to share things I’ve learned, explanations on how I write, or thoughts on options for others to try. These tips could include things like: (1) how to build characters your readers can connect with, (2) what are filter words and how do you remove them from your novel, (3) what ways/tools can you use to find duplicate/repeated words in your drafts, (4) how do you use Twitter to find new readers, or (5) how do you build a timeline and outline before you begin writing without going crazy.
  • Tips for life. The world is a big place. Our education can be formal or informal. I’m often surprised at the types of things people don’t learn along the way, but probably should have. Things that help you build a stronger, happier, and more efficient life. Many of these things I was lucky enough to be taught throughout the path. Some I learned only after failing miserably along the way. And in a few small cases, it just came naturally to me. But that’s now how it happens for everyone else, nor do people truly get the ‘life education’ they should get early enough to make an impact. These tips could include things like: (1) how to manage your money when you’re first starting out after school, (2) how do you handle constructive criticism, (3) how to think for yourself and not just go with what others want, (4) what do you need to do to achieve a balanced day, or (5) why is it important to trace your ancestry?

Both of these items are only partially fleshed out, but I’m passionate about the necessity of these lessons and experiences at an early age / period in life. I spend a lot of time thinking inside my head about how much we all face the same issues, yet we fail to truly enact the change to make the future better. It usually comes down to not having built your life with these principles at an early enough stage. I’m far from perfect. I make mistakes all the time. But I have a strong foundation and easily find my way back to peace. I would love to share my approach with others in the hope it helps even just a few. I’m thinking through how to make this work on a blog — also always open to suggestions. I thought I’d share just a little in today’s post about how I see tips playing a bigger role on my blog in the future. Looking forward to everyone’s ideas and feedback.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 355 – Pedestal

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Pedestal: a position in which someone is greatly or uncritically admired, but can also be the structure that will always hold you up

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As I write this post, I’m focused on accepting that after today, there are only 10 of these left in my 365 Daily Challenge. Choosing words is important, as I want to make a powerful impact on anyone reading them, or on myself years in the future when I look back on my accomplishments. I’ve chosen pedestal today because it’s important that we never put ourselves (or someone else) on one without having the tools to collect and reassemble the pieces when we (or someone else) fall(s) off it. Because it will happen, and there is no shame in it. Life is a series of ups and downs. Sometimes, we’re high above the clouds. Others, we’re stuck in the fog. At the center of it all, there is a support structure surrounding each of us, and it’s our responsibility to tend to this foundation each and every day. We must create the safety net before we let anyone (or ourselves) get too high. {Aside: This is not a metaphor about drugs, by the way!}

Today I sent my second novel to the editor for her final read-through. At varying points in the day, I thought to myself: (1) This is truly a remarkable piece of work — way better than my first novel by miles, (2) You are not ready to submit this to the publisher — there are basic flaws and disconnects and you suck as a writer, (3) Sleep needs to happen soon or you won’t find all the issues — nor will you embed the little nuggets of wisdom and charm you work so hard to deliver in your words…

I put myself on the pedestal several times, then knocked myself off to keep everything in balance across the entirety of who I am.  When I fell a few times, I was not only prepared, but I didn’t fall to pieces — because I don’t ever let myself get too high on the pedestal without realizing there are many others already there. My five (5) thoughts on how to manage your own pedestals:

  1. It is important to create a pedestal so you can tell yourself how proud you are when you accomplishment a great feat. Let yourself glow for a few minutes, but then step down off the pedestal so someone else can have a turn, too.
  2. The air at the top is often hard to breathe, they say. I’m not sure who they are, but I never want to reach the top of my pedestal because it means I’m either done or I’ve over-shot the mark. I want to keep on climbing and growing, but also be available to those who need a help stepping up from time to time. I often need the help to step up on the pedestal, too.
  3. More than one can stand on the pedestal at the same time. Life is not a competition like the Olympics. On my pedestal, I have room for everyone who works hard and does their best. I put people there for different reasons at different times in my life or their lives. It’s never fixed, always fluid.
  4. Be prepared for others to try to knock you off the pedestal. Not everyone plays by the same rules, and when that happens, it’s okay to dust yourself off and get back up again. Sometimes a mistake or blame happens, but what counts is how you respond when you’ve done something wrong.
  5. Your pedestal can change. It may be stone one day and wood the next. It could crumble under pressure or stabilize with strength. First build the foundation so you are capable of always knowing where to find the pedestal again.

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My words today have lots of meaning, some clear and some as a mixture of metaphors. They may also seem cheesy… sometimes, that’s who I am. But most of all… the pedestal I’m referring to here is different to each of us. And that’s why we all put people on them for unexpected reasons and unusual purposes.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 116 – Valuable

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Valuable: of great worth, importance or significance; beneficial

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Two phone calls in the last week have left me with a valuable reminder:

  • You don’t have to choose TODAY what you want to do for the rest of your life. You still have tomorrow to worry about the future. It’s not always about the end-game. It can also be about what’s next in your life — simply for the short-term.

I spoke about one of those two people in yesterday’s post when I mentioned a friend surprised me with an unplanned call to help fight the recent lack of motivation issues I’d experienced. She helped me realize I was valued for 15+ years in the business world and just needed to re-align my expectations of the future. And then my former boss and constant mentor was the second of those calls later that afternoon. While we only ever find time to chat every two months, it’s always valuable. She’s known me for nearly half my life and spares no hesitation nor filter when telling me what I fail to see myself. Yesterday’s advice focused on how no one can predict what they need to accomplish for the rest of their life without first laying the steps needed for a solid foundation. She told me that I seemed to have forgotten over the last few years to continue to build out the foundation of my life… and that I’m struggling right now because when I had suddenly stepped through what I interpreted was the final room of the blueprint, the doorway didn’t lead anywhere predetermined but instead into what felt like a vacuous hole.

I listened for a few minutes and tried to understand what she meant. And together, we found several explanations for what’s going on beneath the surface of my life. In a 15-year period, I consolidated a career that normally lasts about 40 years. I moved up the corporate ladder so many times that when I finished and left the company, in my mind, it felt like a retirement. Perhaps my mind recognized the end of one career as the end of my focus on the future. When I was 22 and graduated from college, I had absolutely no clue what to do with my professional life. But I spun that into 15+ years of great success. While my mind today is thinking that I’ve got a set-back where I’m 22 again, pondering what to do with the rest of my life, it’s completely forgetting that this is a totally different experience. It’s an opportunity, not a worry. And I don’t have to choose what I will do for the remainder of my time on Earth specifically TODAY.

Let me break it down… as I’m truly discovering this as I am typing out my post… in all its potential brilliance-cum-foolishness. I previously mapped out a career with my former boss and mentor. I told her what role I wanted to be in at what point in my career. I had formal plans. I had methods and tools and check-ins each year. I surpassed every goal I made. But I never planned what would happen after I hit the final goal of Senior Vice President. I just assumed it would all come together. I neglected it. I focused on other things. And then when I made SVP, I was thrilled and enjoyed it for two years. But now things have changed. And when I moved into the last room of the building… that last title/role I’d planned… and opened the door to the next step and room… it was empty. No food. No water. No shelter. No light. No warmth. No foundation. Therefore… no surprise that I feel the way I do.

But there’s hope, she says. “You were doing amazing things at 25 that normally take others in the business world twice as long to achieve. You would be valuable in any role, in any company, in any industry and in any profession. You’ve got an opportunity to have a whole second career. So build your blueprint.” And she is right. My value may always be something perceived differently by other people, but I know I am valuable enough to spend the time figuring it out. Because simply put: If I don’t, ain’t no one else gonna do it for me! All I lack is the motivation behind it all… and my motivation is ensuring I do not disappoint other people. The people closest to me have always known that. Both women I mentioned above volunteered to apply some pressure. Send frequent check-ins. Blast me for missing a deadline or producing a weak plan. Review my detailed content and steps. To provide the piece that’s missing from helping me execute on my future foundation and blueprint.

And since this 365 Daily Challenge is not just about me anymore… it’s about you too now… how do we do this together? How do we find the motivation and the desire and the ability to figure out the future when we’re no longer just out of school and pondering our options with a fail-safe built in to help guide us through the discovery and decision-making process. A few ideas:

  • Map out a rough plan. Don’t focus on the details. Mark the things you’d like to see happen over the next 1-2-5-10-20 years…
  • Find someone to hold you accountable. Not a boss. Not a spouse or partner. But someone who you can lean on without a current expectation of reciprocated love or required job duties.
  • Reward yourself. Don’t forget the smaller milestones build into amazing successful leaps.
  • Try things. Don’t focus on the perfect solution or a potential fear. Failure happens. But success comes in the strangest of places.
  • Breathe. Every time the fear or the concern creeps in… stronger… more powerful… stave it off with your confidence and brilliant hope. You know your value.

We all have valuable skills. We are all valuable. If someone looked at me right now without knowing anything about me… purely basing it on what I’m currently doing and achieving, it would be an eye-opening experience for me. But the greatest lesson I learned from my mentor today is that she’s going through the exact same thing. She retired less than two years ago and is just starting to realize that at 60, her life is still very open to more success. She believes she has another 25 years before anything serious happens or she moves on… why shouldn’t she have a plan for how to make it as valuable as possible? And if she’s thinking that at 60, why I am still dilly-dallying at 40?

SHE (in this case) = Whatever is holding you back!

Valuable. I want to be valuable again. And I think I can be. And I’m starting to figure that out in a roundabout way. My mentor who called me out on a few things today is valuable. My friend who called out of the blue to check on me is valuable. We are all valuable. But it means we have to focus on it. We have to cultivate it like any other living and breathing life form that requires basic care and attention. And in a post last week, I said I would be writing my plan, which I am actively working on in the background. But while I’m doing that, I leave you us with a few thoughts to consider:

  • What’s our next achievable professional goal? How far out is it? Do we have the steps in place? Whose help do we need?
  • Do we have 15 minutes set aside every day to focus on monitoring our progress? Uninterrupted. Focused. Questioning. Re-aligning. Pondering. If not, how are we going to fix it?
  • If we’re not happy with where things are, the only way to change it is to take action. So what’s stopping us?

 

RECOMMENDED BLOGGER

  • Today’s 365 Daily Challenge recommended blogger to know is Rae Longest @ Blogging807. I’ll probably be in trouble for highlighting her, as she is a very busy woman who doesn’t get to blog as often as she says she’d like to. But over the course of the last 3+ months since she and I began chatting, I’ve grown to respect her very much. It’s less about the content in her posts and more about the quality of her advice and feedback in her comments on other people’s posts. She’s provided a great amount of advice, thoughts, reflections, praise and constructive feedback to me on nearly every one of my 365 Daily Challenge posts. And I find everything she has to say valuable… it makes me think about what I’m doing and saying, ensuring I provide as much clarity and honesty in all that I do. She’s a remarkable woman and everyone should stop by to check out her personal site and her group site. Many thanks to you, Rae.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.