“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss
I received what I thought was the greatest compliment a few weeks ago. A good friend said “Jerry, I don’t think I know anyone that enjoys life as much as you do!” It made me feel very happy to know that this comes across to others.
Luke and I had just had an early morning coffee meeting, and then he followed me to a business meeting we were both attending. As I pulled into the parking lot I spotted 2 adjacent spaces. I pulled into the left hand side, so Luke had to pull in to the right of me. Here is what he saw:
Yes, I drive around in a light blue Mini Cooper with a life size sock monkey in the passenger seat. And yes, he is wearing his seat belt! Safety First!!
I love the reaction he gets. It makes me happy and makes me smile. It makes other people happy. People mention it all the time. They take pictures of it. Kids love it! But, I did it because I brings out the happy child within me and does so on a daily basis. What a great result :-)
Now I have a pretty serious job. I am a financial planner (20 years and counting) and I coach people on business and personal development (7 years & counting).
I can be serious and very focused/goal oriented as needed. But!, my clients know exactly how I am. I do not pretend to be any other way. They enjoy me because I am just the way am, good at what I do, caring about their results and their lives, and I can lighten it up and makes jokes along the way.
Clients often comment at the end of meetings that they had never thought that financial planning could be fun, or make them feel good about things!
So, what is the point of all this. Dr. Seuss I feel says it all in his 5 Rules to live by: (I often wish I were Dr. Suess! Now that would be some fun)
** Since this was written there has been controversy concerning Dr. Suess. I am loving the messages and staying out of the politics (if that is possible)
Be the best you can be. Keep working at it all the time. Let it flow from you as it naturally will. You will find yourself doing the things you love, enjoy, and are really good at. Now that will make you happy! And you know what, you will be motivated to do it more! It is a wonderful cycle.
If I can be of assistance in anyway, please do not hesitate to be in touch.