July 29, 2014

Dealing With Difficult People by Ross McCammon

I read a little article in a magazine (I don't remember which) in December 2013, called "Deal With People You Just Can't Stand" by Ross McCammon. Although I cannot find the little article any longer, here is a longer version (complete with video). I present here a condensed version of the little article.

Don't act annoyed at the jerk. In business, restraint is the only means of disarming him. Follow these steps to disrupt the jerk and re-calibrate the situation in your favor:
  1. Shut Up - Don't respond, use the ten-second rule.
  2. Think - Try to contemplate what is causing the jerk to behave this way.
  3. Stare - Just stare at him blankly for a moment.
  4. Look Bewildered - Look at him like you've just seen a dancing dog dressed in a sailor's suit.
  5. Say "Huh." - Nothing more; no smile, no frown. Look nonplussed, like you are contemplating where the dog got that suit. And simply say, "huh."

July 22, 2014

"Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder."

July 15, 2014

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Happy

This is a great top-ten list from my online guru, Jeff Haden over at Inc. Read it and be happy!!
  1. Exercise - even if it's just for a few minutes a day
  2. Sleep More - you'll be less sensitive to negative emotions
  3. Spend More Time with Friends and Family - social time is highly valuable for improving happiness, even for introverts
  4. Get Outside More - 20 minutes in good weather; 57°F is scientifically the most ideal temperature
  5. Help Others - 100 hours per year is the magic number
  6. Practice Smiling - practice "real smiles" where you use your eye sockets, and back it up with positive thoughts
  7. Plan a Trip - even if you don't take one, the act of planning can itself improve happiness
  8. Meditate - rewire your brain for happiness
  9. Move Closer to Work - a long commute, two times per day, five days per week can be stressful
  10. Practice Gratitude - be grateful, and try to share three good things that happened every day with a friend or partner

July 8, 2014

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less."

July 1, 2014

"No one likes a complainer. Ever"
- Anonymous

"People aren't against you; they are for themselves."
- Anonymous

"The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them."
- Anonymous