Is Thinking Such A Good Idea?

When I can’t scrape up the enthusiasm to write, I open Evernote and start journaling about my day.

Without a readily available cure for writer’s block, I have no choice but to shut up and write something. Anything.

Journaling will usually spark an idea, then I try my best to piece something together that’s halfway decent.

The other day, my journaling turned into a list. I tried writing down all the thoughts I had that day. It went something like… Continue reading

Life With Less Ego

When I was in grade school I was cursed.

The biggest troublemaker in school had a first and last name that was so similar to mine, people would often get us confused.

Usually, I was able to keep my distance, but one time I almost got blamed for one of his cruel jokes.

In the morning before recess, we had a bathroom break. The teacher would have us line up in alphabetical order and walk us to the bathrooms. The special ed class had the same schedule as us, so Nick #2 had twice the number of targets. Continue reading

“A Dream Doesn’t Become Reality Through Magic”

I use to work at an auto shop that was in the parking lot of a shopping mall.

During the week, our favorite customers were elderly folks. They would come in, drop their cars off and walk over to the mall to do their daily laps.

9 times out of 10, their cars were fine. They just needed to be put through their paces. The technician would hop in a car, take it out on the highway, hit the gas a few times and everything would be back to normal. We would do a tune up and send them on their way.

They use to think that we worked some sort of magic because we’d be done so quick.

But it wasn’t magic at all. Continue reading

It’s Not Your Job To Fix Everything

I heard from the interns at my old job this week. One of them decided to quit and walked out.

Now there’s only one man left standing. He messaged me and mentioned that he’s trying to decide what to do.

It sounds like for now he’s going to stick it out and see if he can take advantage of the situation. Maybe ask for a better position or a little more pay. You know, play it by ear.

When I first heard the news, I jumped into “how can I help fix this” mode. But I caught myself, and instead of sharing what I thought would be best for him, I asked him what he thought he wanted to do. Continue reading

The Power Of Influence

Today’s my last day at my current job. Monday I’ll be starting somewhere new.

It’s been a frustrating situation, but sometimes that’s just how these things play out.

For the past few months, I’ve been working with two interns. And now they’ll be on their own without a lead.

I realized the other day that I almost failed them. I’ve been sharing too much information about what I feel is best for me without reminding them that it might not be what’s best for them. Continue reading