Month: November 2015

I’m Thankful For

I started this blog post a few days ago and now it is the perfect time to post it:  It is Thanksgiving Day again! This is my favorite holiday for the whole year – even though I’m quite thankful everyday for many things – this is the month to express gratitude for so much blessings.

So, I’ll enumerate them and you can enjoy reading it and occasionally pipe in a phrase like “oh yeah, me too” or “that’s what I’m talking about”.  This is only 30 of 1,000s. Some of you may have way more than 1,000s, and that’s wonderful!

Here they are:

  1.   I’m still alive
  2.   good health (relatively speaking)
  3.   a smidgen above average fitness
  4.   a small yet inexpensive place to live
  5.   reliable motorized transportation
  6.   even more reliable bicycles
  7.   still have a job
  8.   no traffic to and from work (even if it’s far)
  9.   a spacious quiet place at work
  10.   quiet officemates
  11.   300+ sunny days a year
  12.   nice beaches within miles
  13.   good food daily
  14.   nice clothes in the closet
  15.   have a few cash in my wallet
  16.   nice restaurants close by
  17.   grocery stores nearby
  18.   nice, safe neighborhood
  19.   a 10 year old plasma TV that still works
  20.   a small collection of business and religious books
  21.   vacation we took this year
  22.   nice discounts in hotels
  23.   comfy loveseat for my naps
  24.   family members doing stuff for us
  25.   being blessed with countless other stuff
  26.   rain every two weeks or so
  27.   a wonderful wife
  28.   a wonderful family
  29.   The Bible for the best education
  30.   God – for taking care of me all these years!

Happy Thanksgiving Day y’all!


Your Unfair Advantage

Life is unfair isn’t it? Sometimes we think if only we have more money like some millionaires, or we have a PhD in a technology field, or we live in a bigger house, our lives would be better.  But we almost never think about it from another angle.

What do I mean by that?

Well, if we start writing down the talents that we have and the resources available to us (that includes things that we don’t even own), we are at an advantage that other people don’t enjoy.

As a general example, We live within a few miles from the beach (and yes, we seldom go there) while most people in other states are hundreds or thousands of miles away from the nearest ocean.  We have about 300 days of sunshine and nice weather a year. That in itself is an advantage we can’t buy.

Another example: An expressive type of personality is more in tune with the needs of desires of a social group. As a result, they develop more friends, maintain a vast network of contacts and enjoys more human support in many areas of their lives.

I’m sure you have advantages where you live too (close to school, walking distance from work, a nice serene lake,  a fertile land, etc.). Maybe you have a large extended family or you’re good with animals. There’s too many to enumerate.

On a personal level, we each have advantages that are unique to us. Some of us are handy and can easily fix things around the house. Some of us are good with spreadsheets that we can easily make decision based on easy to understand presentation tables.

Others have winning personalities that they can easily do sales work or become the public face of a company. Some have green thumbs that anything they plant even on desert soil grows.

Oftentimes, it’s hard to realize what skill sets we have and resources available to us if we don’t sit down and put pencil to paper. The best way is to start now to write them down.

Example:  Skill set:  good at numbers, good with details, above average writing skills, creative with colors, can sew any fabric, navigation whiz, excellent cook.

Resources:  internet, public library, tool collection, tools in the office, a color printer, lives near a river, fertile land, advanced software, a powerful computer.

I think you already get what I’m getting at.

Added bonus: when it’s time to update our resume, read the skill set we wrote down and put down the best ones that applies to the job we are interested in.

More bonus: Before we open a small business, look at skill set and available resources and see where we are strongest and where we are weak. We can outsource the skills where we are weak.

Also, adding another skill set every two years or so makes us better people for our community, more productive in our profession and better able to help others achieve their unfair advantage.