At 39 Dan Schulman was president of AT&T’s core consumer long distance business when he quit his job.
In an interview for the New York Times, he reflected, “My view was not so much that leaving was a risk. I actually thought, it’s more risky to stand still.”
Today Schulman is President and CEO of PayPal.
Author Anais Nin is famous for writing: “And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
But “to blossom” doesn’t mean that we have to quit jobs, reinvent our lives or, hop in or out of a relationship. It could simply mean taking action where once we felt paralyzed.
The obvious point is; The opposite of standing still is being in motion.
So what does being in motion look like?
The secret is not to compare your “motion” to anyone else’s.
For every amazing song I write, there are people who are doing another 2 and performing them. For every one of my accomplishments, there is someone who has accomplished even more.
We can only compare our motion today to our motion yesterday.
Am I standing still today or am I taking new actions, becoming
a bigger, better, bolder version of myself?
What am I doing today that I wasn’t brave enough to do yesterday?
It’s you today vs. you yesterday.
Ubuntu (oo-boon-too): an old African word meaning “humanity,” beautifully translated as, “I am because we are.”
Essentially, we can only experience our humanity through our interactions with others.
Ubuntu compels us to look after each other with kindness, compassion, and generosity of spirit.
If only we took the time to do this, and not automatically judge people off color, job, money, clothes but to actually share the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.
I have luckily experienced this as I hope we all have, a moment where it was deeper then fight or flight and right and wrong. it was about compassion!
Thinking of another persons well being regardless and putting their needs above your own.
Once we realize that we are who we are because of (not in spite of) the people we work with, we can intentionally embrace opportunities to make a difference.
We don’t get paid for bringing Ubuntu to our lives. But leading with Ubuntu, we have the power to be not only better leaders, but better human beings.
The movie Tag is based on a true story about a group of adults who have continued their game of tag since they were kids... over 23 years! By definition, “play” is engaging in an activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than for a serious or practical purpose.
When I was a kid, my friends and I...
• ran through sprinklers in the summer
• roller-skated in the basement
• put on performances
• jumped on every swing we found
• made up dance routines
Why don’t we play more like this as adults? Perhaps we perceive that as grown-ups we must engage in serious and practical activities. Isn’t play simply an unproductive use of our time?
But what if play actually is practical and productive?
Psychiatrist Stuart Brown’s research revealed that play is critical for connecting with strangers, rekindling relationships, solving problems creatively, and boosting productivity. And it’s a catalyst for joy and happiness!
Dr. Brown compares play to oxygen, “... it’s all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing.”
The first step to inhaling play? Give ourselves permission to play without producing or progressing anything.
So how can we ripple more play into our day? By making time for whatever activities we enjoy needlessly:
• Jigsaws puzzles, board games, cards
• Dancing, singing, playing instruments
• Kayaking, bicycling, walking
• Knitting, painting, pottery
• Make-believe with kids
• Creating new adventures
"We don’t stop playing because we grow old.
We grow old because we stop playing.