Posts Tagged ‘constructive criticism’

Are You Asleep at the Wheel?

May 5, 2011

If you’re like me, you probably thought when you were younger that you were as fully conscious and aware as you were ever going to be. Ah, the innocence of youth. Then, as the years rolled by, you realized that you had been just self-absorbed enough to not realize that you were sleepwalking through life. As you gradually “awoke in the dream” and learned how to become a conscious witness to your own life, you marveled at how clueless you had been.

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
Lao Tzu

That’s the Catch-22 of life. You don’t have a clue (more…)

The Gift of Rejection

January 9, 2011

I’ve written ideas for humorous greeting cards for more than twenty years. Acceptance letters from Hallmark, American Greetings and other greeting card companies always brightened my day. My heart skipped a beat whenever I saw an envelope from one of them in the mail. It was exciting to rip it open and find out which of my card ideas had been accepted.

The rejection letters? I liked them too. They provided a constant source of inspiration. If the editor rejected all of my ideas, I’d get even more determined to brainstorm even better ideas that he or she couldn’t resist. Either response—home run or strikeout—inspired me to step my game up.

It’s a head-scratcher to me why virtually every writer I know sinks into the dark depths of despair at the slightest hint of rejection. What a waste of time, energy and productivity! Is your goal to become better at your craft or do you just want people to fawn over you and tell you how wonderful you are? If you want unconditional love, (more…)

To See Ourselves As Others See Us

September 4, 2010

When you live with integrity, you accept compliments gracefully, letting each one serve as a reminder to practice humility. A compliment then becomes useful and serves a greater purpose.

Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.
Ken Blanchard

You actively solicit constructive criticism in both personal and professional circles, viewing it as (more…)

Another Serving of Humble Pie, Please

October 13, 2008

The Momma and me at the Continuum Center

At the October 1 Continuum Center event for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything,” I was amused by how people treated me given that I was the “guest of honor” at an event that charged an admission fee. For example, while I was standing next to my mom, a couple people came up and gushed about how wonderful her son is.

That just makes me laugh. Sure, I wrote a book and hobnobbed with some very interesting people, but, c’mon, I’m still the same goofball I’ve always been—and always will be. (I mean that in a good way; and I couldn’t be prouder that I raised my daughter to be a second-generation goofball!) (more…)