Category: Words of Inspiration & Motivation
|September 16, 2013||Posted by Angela under Words of Inspiration & Motivation|
What a wonderful short film that depicts the true power of giving. It serves as a reminder to give not to receive but to just simply give (because we truly care). Our life will unfold in ways that we don’t expect but if we’re always looking for instant fulfillment, we’ll never be fulfilled.
|August 13, 2013||Posted by Angela under Words of Inspiration & Motivation|
A friend recently tweeted out a video to Ashton Kutcher’s speech at the Teen Choice Awards 2013. He was awarded the Ultimate Teen Choice Award and as part of his acceptance speech, he gave 3 life lessons to teens out there (yes, I watched the whole video because it was that good).
I was nodding my head in agreement when I heard his 3 life lessons. Here they are:
Opportunity is hard work.
“I never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job.”
And he didn’t always have glamorous jobs. He started doing carpentry work with his dad at 13, then on to washing dishes at a restaurant and then on to sweeping floors at a factory, etc. His point is that the job was never bigger than him and he saw each job as an opportunity for the next one.
Sexy is being smart, generous and thoughtful.
“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart and being thoughtful and being generous; Everything else is crap, I promise you.”
Yes! This has always been a problem for young females. We are obsessed with who is on the cover of magazines and believe that to be wanted and loved, we have to look that way. If we want to continue to feel empty, then that is fine. But to feel wholesome and confident, we have to be smart, period.
Build a life, don’t live one.
“Everything around us that we call life was made by people that are no smarter than you are. You can build your own life that other people can live in.”
I think this lesson came from the inspiration of working on the new Steve Jobs movie that he will be starring in. Imagination is a wonderful gift that slowly gets smaller and smaller as we grow older because we try to conform to the world around us. I feel that it is my job as a parent to not let that happen to my kids.
Ashton is spot on. It’s easy for our youth to get obsessed with reality TV, leaving them to believe that we are entitled to glamorous lives without working hard. That isn’t reality and someone with a high profile like Ashton needs to tell them so. Kids need to understand that they have to work to get what they want.
Thanks (Chris) Ashton Kutcher.
|May 15, 2013||Posted by Angela under Business & Technology, Words of Inspiration & Motivation|
I have many cousins graduating from college this year and many that will be graduating in the coming years. As I put together their graduation gifts, I can’t help but think about the advice I want to give them. It has been 8 years since I walked that stage and my life has unfolded in a way that I didn’t plan but I wouldn’t have wanted it any different. If I were to give any advice to college grads, it would be these 3 things:
Your degree is not the one thing that will make you successful, you need experience.
You have your degree, now what? You have to go out and conquer the world, the world will not come looking for you. I see more and more students graduating with the mindset that they will land a job instantly – that their degree is the ticket to endless opportunities. Not exactly so. A degree can qualify you for a position but not guarantee you for a position. A degree also validates the fact that you have the discipline to start and finish something – that’s it. I am not underestimating the degree because it is a huge accomplishment! Trust me, I worked 40 hours and took 18 hours of college courses my last semester – I was determined! It just doesn’t guarantee you success in the real world – you’ve got to go out and earn it.
Go out and do things with purpose, not because it is expected of you.
You have lived all your life up to this moment trying to please your teachers, your parents, your coaches, your mentors. I am not saying that you didn’t want to go to school but let’s face it, you want to make those that supported you through the years proud, right? You are accustomed to meeting everyone else’s expectations. Now, you can use what you’ve learned to do things that have personal meaning to you. Things that will change the world in a positive way – whatever that may be. Always ask yourself “why am I doing this?” before taking on a challenge. Yes, we all need to earn money to cover your basic necessities but make sure you find a way to love what you do and find a greater meaning to your job than just a pay check. This will bring you happiness and relieve unnecessary stress.
Save your money now, treat yourself later.
You finally land a job and start seeing that paycheck come in. What? You now can treat yourself to dinner and not eat ramen noodles in your dorm room? That’s right. I know it’s hard to look into the future but your future can mean bigger responsibilities like supporting a family. Right now you have no responsibilities so you can spend all that money on yourself for immediate pleasure. I would advise saving first and then spending what you have left over on things you want. This will make your life that much easier once you decide on moving on to bigger responsibilities. Although I started my 401K early and was able to purchase my first home when I was 25 before I was married, I still wish I would had saved more money than spending it on a bunch of silly things that now mean nothing to me. (For personal finance advice, I always recommend Suze Orman books)
Please note: This is advice based on my own experience. I am just a manager in the business world. My advice isn’t meant to be the best advice, it’s just based on what I have learned. If it can help you, great! If you are a college grad and have other advice, please leave it in the comments.
|February 14, 2013||Posted by Angela under Family Stuff, The Arts, Film, Music, Fashion, Words of Inspiration & Motivation|
|February 13, 2013||Posted by Angela under Words of Inspiration & Motivation|
We had what we call a “marketing all hands” today where our department lead rallies us together to talk about successes and goals. Our CMO, Suaad Sait, shared this video with us as an opening to his presentation.
As you know, I love content like this. What does this video mean to me? As a company grows, it’s easy to get caught up in org charts and processes. It’s easy to call your job a “job.” I’m fortunate, that after 10 years, I still believe in Rackspace and the mission that we’re on. Granted, I’m not always “drinking the koolaid” as one would say but for the most part, I am – and I am proud of it! We’re on a journey to greatness and if you believe in it, it’s easy to wake up everyday and strive to be awesome.