Friday, June 1, 2012

Listen, Love, Limitless

For me life boils down to these 3 Ls.

Listen – listen intently and value others’ opinions. When I am in a conversation with someone, I have to be vigilant not to get caught in the trap of thinking about what I am going to say next while the other person is talking. Many people think of listening as a passive state. I would challenge you to go on the offensive with your listening skills. Be aggressive and listen intently.

Love – Love who you spend your time with and love what you spend your time doing. Life is way too short. If you don’t love it and it doesn’t add value, you really have to question why the heck you are doing it.

Limitless – I find that the person that puts the most limitations on me is, well, me. Each of us has something uniquely special to offer the world. I know this because each of us was created in a uniquely different way. There is constant chatter in the professional world around the importance of differentiating ourselves. My advice? If you want to differentiate yourself, be yourself! There is no one exactly like you.

So listen to really hear, love what you do, and don't limit yourself.  Go for it!