Archives for April 2009

Your Emotional Boxes

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True happiness grows within us when we are able to let go of our attachment to pain. We should all practice this vital skill in order to bring consistent joy into our lives.
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The Perfect Drug to Revive a Work Day

Sick and tired of taking those man-made drugs that drag you down? Then try my magic drug that’s all natural.

A nap.

Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

Hey, if you would like to:

  • Reduce your stress
  • Improve your Short-term memory
  • Increase your patience and motivation
  • Process information more efficiently

Then you will love “the nap.”


Ok, the infomercial is now over. Just having a little fun.

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Spreading the Work Happiness Message

Spreading the work happiness message to anyone and everyone has been an amazing experience. There are so many people who struggle to enjoy their jobs, so the faster I reach people the better. We should all be doing work that expresses our creativity.

That goes for plumbers, directors, and everyone who wants to work happy.

One of my favorite ways to promote work happiness is to take over a blog for a day. I’ve made it my mission in 2009 to take over 20 blogs by the end of the year. Ha ha ha (my evil laugh)

Here are some of my guest posts that have brought a little “work happiness” awareness to other bloggers’ readers.

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The Work Buzz

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We are working in the right direction when we get those body tingles. You know what I’m talking about – those natural chemicals that shoot through your body saying, “Yeah, that’s how you do it.”
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Google Will Lose Talent and So Will Your Company

Google will lose awesome talent because not everyone will want to stay and work with a large company. The bigger they get the harder it will be for them to stay agile. A lot of employees don’t mind working in that type of environment, but many of them dislike it and they will end up leaving.

Wayne Rosing, an early vice president for engineering, has left to pursue his love of astronomy. Paul Buchheit, the celebrated engineer who dreamed up Gmail, “retired” recently. (He’s 30.) Evan Williams, the highly regarded founder of Blogger, a Google acquisition, has left to launch another startup. 
Great Place to Work 

No company can retain every employee. People’s desires change. What made them happy three years ago is different than today. Google understands this and does their best to retain as many employees as possible. They retain about 95% of their employees and that’s way above the standard for a technology company.

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How Gary Vaynerchuk Found His Sweet Spot

SxSW was an amazing experience and Gary Vaynerchuk’s passionate talk swept the audience off their feet. His excitement oozed into every corner of that huge room. He talked about getting down and dirty, maintaining happiness and knocking out great work. The audience understood that they needed to get in the trenches and “crush it!”

If some of you don’t know who Gary is, he created Wine Library TV, a wine company in NJ. He was making good money selling wine, but something was missing. He was only 99.9% happy. He wanted to go to that 100% threshold. That little .1% pushed him to start Wine Library TV.

Here is his SxSW keynote presentation:

You can hear my question to Gary in this video at 21:09. (Click here to view the video at Work Happy Now)

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Stressed Out and Loving It

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Stress can be a great teacher if we are willing to listen. I’m not always in the mood for listening, especially to my big bully “stress,” but lately I’ve been having civil conversations with these feelings and we’ve learned to become friends. 
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Challenge Yourself the Google Way

Google leaves a small one page document in the bathrooms of their engineering building that is designed to spark curiosity. A person can’t help but pick it up and see what’s on it. Most of it is too complicated for the average person, but it works to spark an engineer’s mind to think in a new direction. Planting a little seed can spur great ideas.

We need to challenge ourselves at our jobs. We get complacent and even irritated when we have to do something new. Instead of looking at it as an opportunity, we complain. We just need to be open to new problems because they create the most potential for professional growth.

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Best Places to Work – Alamo Title Company

For a while now, I’ve been on the lookout for great places to work in any part of the world. I decided to go out and interview companies that have a “Work Happy Now” type of atmosphere. I started in my home town of Austin. I’m doing this in order to help individuals and companies share creative ideas that will help them improve work happiness.

The easiest way to create a successful company is to find out what other companies are doing, adapt those ideas for your organization, and see if it works.

Work Happy Now’s highlighted company is Alamo Title Company. I found them in the Austin Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work in Austin, 2008.” They have 60 employees, and the most impressive statistic that they can hang their hat on is their retention rates. They retain an employee for an average of 8 years. That’s amazing!

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Thomas Edison on Work and Money

“One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But… I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.”
– Thomas A. Edison
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