Thursday, August 21, 2008

a positive attitude...

There are some people who are not a big fan of learning new things. Most are afraid of change or are too set on their ways where flexibility is not a word in their dictionary. Recently at work, I have been given the project of training "seasoned" employees to a new program initiative. As I receive my last minute instructions, I was given a caveat: the employees refused to learn and were determined to give me a hard time in training.

Great. Thanks.

So I had to strategize and create a preemptive strike. What is the best way to shield myself against weapons of mass negativity?

My plan was simple. I will kill their will to destroy with enthusiasm.

And I am not talking about textbook enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm to the "nth" degree. Superlative enthusiasm. A hyperbole version of enthusiasm.

So I walked in with a big smile plastered in the middle of my face (with the help of caffeine of course) and blasted the employees with overwhelming positive attitude. I answered all questions with a pleasant tone and shot down snide remarks with the phrase "What does the group think about that?"

At the end of the training, I have managed to sell my new training initiative to more than half of the employees. And all walked out with a better understanding of why it is a good thing.

It takes a lot more than aptitude to learn new things. Learning involves preparing the whole body to accept new ideologies with the help of a positive attitude and energy. A positive attitude is like a virus that unconsciously adapts to a person's mentality and allows it to open up.

I learned that people who do not like to learn new things or refuse to learn new programs are not out to make things hard for anyone but themselves.

My face still hurts from smiling....but it was worth the effort.

Monday, August 11, 2008

why hearts and thoughts?

let me tell u what i know so far....
your parents are not always right...but your parents will never do you wrong...your siblings belong in your future, without them your future is weak...being smart is the best feeling in the world...if you do not have siblings, be strong because there will be no one to throw you a 30th birthday party, a baby shower, or celebrate any major milestone in your life, no one to love you unconditionally when you are old and gray...your friends will not be there forever...your heart will be broken more than once, but you will bounce back and love even deeper more than once too...you can be wrong....dating is for pretty boys and girls...loving is for everyone...you will be wrong...you cannot expect someone to love you the way you expect them to do so...your pets are YOUR BEST FRIENDS...your dreams will remain dreams until you do something about it...movies will affect you if you let it...music is your soul...last minute decisions prove to be the best...to cry is to be HUMAN...get over your fears...get over yourself...karaoke RULES...singing in the car and the shower RULE...secrets SUCK...YOU are worth it...your job is NOT your life...hate is a strong word...you can forgive, but you cannot forget...living alone is great, until you realize you are alone...reading a good book is the best way to travel in time...don't wait...open your eyes and your mind...don't be stupid...money is only paper with dead people's faces on it...if you want it done right, do it YOURSELF...cursing is okay...praying WORKS...laughing cures headaches...promises are the WORST things to make...sleeping is awesome but waking up is even better...saying sorry is NOT a sign of weakness but a sign of pure strength...life is not over until you say it's over...so enjoy...