Think Daily Messages
Who has what we want? (Love, money, materials things, respect for you…) Answer – other people.
Your boss is one of those people. Consider; your boss decides who gets a raise, who gets promoted, who gets this assignment or that, who gets laid off if tough times come…they have to call those shots – it’s part of their job.
So who do you think will be looked at favorably when he/she has to make those decisions –
1) The people who they know well, have shown an interest in participating in the companies mission as much as possible, have asked how they can be of more value and have adjusted/improved their performance based on that feedback, and that they like,
2) The people who they don’t know well, have not asked how they can help advance the cause more meaningfully, and that may or may not be doing a good steady job or just going through the motions until five pm each day, they just don’t know because they don’t have much of a relationship with them?
It’s a good idea to have great relations with the boss. Isn’t it?
100 years ago, most people used to be employed growing things. Now we have tractors and combines that do the work of 1000’s people. Just as we have computers and other machines that do the work of tens or hundreds or thousands of people. We carry supercomputers in our pockets. Over the years, imports from other countries have increased. Did any of these things kill employment in the US as some would claim?
At 5% unemployment, apparently not. Sure there have been changes and redeployments. Today, we just work doing different things. We have deployed our human capital in areas where we can get the most productivity, and productivity has gone way up.
One thing is for sure, our standard of living is higher than it has ever been; not just in the US but around the world. Our lives are easier than ever, and we can buy more for our money – for our comfort and entertainment.
Only those that want things to be the same for the rest of their lives have reason to fear.
In 1967 Shahid Kahn landed in New York from Pakistan. His connecting flight to Chicago was diverted by a snowstorm, so the 16 year old flew to St. Louis instead and took a bus to Champaign to the University of Illinois where he was enrolled as an undergrad. He had $500 in his pocket. Kahn got a job as a dishwasher for $1.20 an hour. “I was overjoyed. You couldn’t get a job like that where I came from. My immediate thought was,’ ‘Wow, I can work. I can be my own man. I can control my destiny.”
Kahn eventually got a job as an engineering manager at Flex-N-Gate, an automotove parts manufacturer. Today he owns the company with 6.1 billion in revenues and 12,000 US employees. He’s building a new plant in Detroit now, that will employ another 1000 Americans.
Discrimation of immigrants is not new. 100 years ago there were cries to send the Irish and Germans back. Perhaps it is human nature to reject people who aren’t like you.
Without immigration, there would be no America. Who reading this is not an immigrant or doesn’t owe their existence here to an immigrant?
Our history shows that it’s America’s unique ability to take in immigrants and assimilate them that has been crucial to our incredible record of opportunity, upward mobility and wealth creation. Immigrant success here means success for all Americans.
Lots of people talk. Lots of people talk about others, and what they aren’t doing, or what they messed up. And lots of people talk about what somebody should do, what they should do, want to do, or are going to do one day.
But it’s the people that take action on a worthy task or plan that get things done and experience the inherent rewards of doing so.
You can talk all you want, but in the end only action matters.
Some people give great meaning to what happened in the past and think about it all the time. But living in the past only leads to regret and guilt for situations they can’t change.
Living in the future leads to placing the present on hold, and worrying about what will happen later.
But the only time we can be happy is now, by being present to this moment – the only one we can control.
Often we are tempted to try to become happier by consuming things or by getting validation from other people.
But true and consistent happiness does not come from things outside of us; it comes from our inner world.
When we accept ourselves for who we are, and we have a worthy goal that we are making progress on, and when we help other people and do our best, and live in the present moment instead of the past or future – then we will find the happiness we seek.