Posts Tagged ‘education

05
Aug
13

The Race To Push The Button

The office building I work in has 4 elevator banks; 2 on the right and 2 on the left. Sitting in between the two elevators is the button to call the elevator to the floor where you currently are. When you arrive in the designated space and you do not see an elevator available or one waiting for you, you simply push the button which signals that you are available to ride the elevator. Seems pretty elementary right? The other morning at 7:15am, I walked toward’s my building’s elevator bank, distracted as I looked for my security badge in my purse, I was startled to feel a cool breeze fly by me. Out of no where, came a guy who literally rushed passed me to push the elevator button. Could he be late for an appointment I asked? It was early in the morning so he may have been late. Why the need to rush to push the elevator button as if something magical is going to happen? By pushing the elevator button first, does it signal that he “won” something? Not sure what he won but he did beat me to the button. So as we waited for the elevator, another man came and pushed the already lit button. Now, I’m no rocket science but I’m thinking, if the elevator button is already lit when you arrive in the elevator bank, it means that a call for the elevator has been activated. Why did he feel he needed to re-push the already lit elevator button? As if his pushing of the button meant the elevator would appear faster.  Have we become such a “now” society that even waiting on the elevator is becoming antiquated? Is there no way for Scotty to beam us up to the floor we need to be on rather than stand and wait for the elevator? I am shifting the “wait” paradigm. Waiting is good.  I will wait on the elevator  patiently and expectantly, after all, it is on it”s way. I just have to be ready to enter when it arrives.

19
Dec
12

Trying to get the monkey off my back pt. 1

He weighs a ton. I am sick of him. I have nicknamed him “Andy”. He will not go away. He started off as a new born but over the past 4 years, he has grown into a full 65 pound adult monkey.  Can you imagine carrying all of that extra weight on your back along with your current weight? You would think I would have lost a couple of pounds so the weight of the monkey would  not seem so heavy. Instead, I gained weight and added more pounds. So with the monkey and my extra weight, I am a hot mess.

 

For 2013, my goal is to get him off of my back. First, I will start small and put him on a diet so he can lose some weight. That will make him manageable as I carry him around. Secondly, I will pass the monkey to someone else. Check out this great article from Harvard Business Review that asks the question, “Who’s Got The Monkey?”. I really do not care who has him just as long as he is not on my back. Lastly, when he shows up (oh he will), I will not let him set up residence. I will make sure of that. I will gladly hand him over to the next able body to carry him around.

22
Jun
12

8 a ha moments the Oklahoma city thunder lost taught me

  1. Keep fighting even when the odds are against you.
  2. Don’t listen to people who say, “its not your time yet.”
  3. Know your strengths and play to them.
  4. Its not over, until you give up.
  5. Passion can carry you a long way.
  6. Step out of your comfort zone; this is the only way you will grow.
  7. Make adjustments as you go along.
  8. You may get knocked down but you are not knocked out.

OKC…you played a great game….the best is yet to come!

07
Sep
11

Time Waits for No One

Look up the word “time” in a dictionary and there are several meanings to its usage as a noun, adjective or verb. As I come upon a “time” in my life and I think back to a year ago, I can ask the question, “where has all the time gone?”  A girlfriend of mine and her boyfriend just celebrated their one year anniversary as to when they first met. I am sure they are saying “time sure does fly when you are having fun!”  Of course, there are so many idioms and phrases for “time”, but I digressed. I feel I am always running out of time. There are some days where “there is not enough time in a day;”  then days where “I can’t find enough time;” and of course days where “I have too much time.”  Can I have a love/hate relationship with time?  Coud it be that I am not managing “time” well enough and that’s why I am always running out of it?  Some days, “time” has a life of its own and I ask myself “where has all the time gone?”  But “time”does not discriminate; it is an equal opportunity offender and it continues to move whether I like it or not. Can I slow down “time”? Short answer, no; I just need to work with “time” and make sure I am maximizing it effectively. Because at the end of the day, I really know don’t know how much “time” I have left.

18
Aug
10

Walking through the fire

I could not predict this and neither could the clairvoyant reader I recently paid $100 to take a look into my future and give me a timeline as to when I will be employed full-time. The clairvoyant reader did confirm what I already knew; that I was going through a “transformation”.   Uh, do not think I needed to have paid $100 for that piece of information.

 As I contemplate a career change, I find myself asking the question, “how did I end up here?” Being in this position sucks! For a type A personality whose driven to succeed, it is a major blow to my inflated ego. This is not a coincidence but a true testament that I am where I am suppose to be in my life whether I like it or not. I constantly remind myself, I am not alone in my quest to find full-time employment however, I am alone to discover my “purpose” and the lessons that I am to takeaway from this. 

 Walking through the fire has been an extraordinary journey for me. I have days where I dodge the fire, days where I distinguish the fire and days where the fire leaves me in ashes. On those days, I take the defeat, then I metamorphosis into another form of myself, pick myself up and keep on moving on.

 I have several friends who continue to tell me, that I will get through this. The person that I become once I do get through the fire, is the person I am looking forward to meeting.

17
Nov
09

Core Values

To help break up the lull of job hunting, networking and informational interviews, I volunteer my time at LINK Community School school in Newark, NJ. The school is committed to building a strong academic foundation and establishing core values which consist of the following: honesty, responsibility, respect, following directions, caring and doing one’s best. Wouldn’t it be a great idea for some companies to establish core values and hire employees who exemplify them? What a great way for 7th & 8th graders to enter the world knowing how important these values are and how they will play an integral part in their life.




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