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Prevent a Midlife Crisis

One of my favorite movies is American Beauty. Kevin Spacey plays the role of an incredibly boring husband and father with a monotonous job he hates. He wakes up one day to realize how mundane his life has become. He then proceeds to quit his job, buy a car he’s always wanted, leave his wife, and rid himself of all responsibilities.

What causes a midlife crisis? The point comes when we realize that we have more days behind than ahead. This prompts a life assessment resulting in the realization that either something is missing, or there should be more. There are ways to prevent a midlife crisis.…

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Posted by Joel Brookman in Achieve Success, Choose who you want to be, Direct Your Life, follow your passion.

Intolerance

I spent the past week on a business trip in London. While I was there I noticed something amongst my British colleagues. They have an openness and respect for other cultures the likes of which I rarely see at home. When I look around to other parts of the world and even here in the U.S., I can’t help but notice the simple–mindedness and intolerance of so many people. It can be witnessed through their refusal to accept others simply because they have differing beliefs, skin color, or lifestyles.

No child is born intolerant or racist. It is a learned behavior that is a direct result of upbringing.…

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Posted by Joel Brookman in accept what is, judgement, Respect People, tolerance.

Appreciate What You Have

Why do we want what we don’t have? Single people want to be married. Married people live vicariously through their single friends. Junior employees want to move up the food chain while leaders yearn for the time when life was simpler. How often do you take the opportunity to simply appreciate what you have?

Take a moment to think about some of the amazing things in your life. Let’s start with the benefits of living in 2017. You could argue that our lifestyles exceed those of even the wealthiest people that lived just a few generations ago. We probably take most of these things for granted.…

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Posted by Joel Brookman in appreciation, Be present.

Execution

“Vision without execution is hallucination.” Thomas Edison. If you want to separate yourself from the masses, get good at execution. It could be the most powerful skill a person can possess . Think about the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you can count on someone to get things done. That person becomes a key employee. There are plenty of people with good ideas. There are far fewer that follow through and execute on those ideas.

Flakey People

We all have people in our lives with whom you make plans, but somehow getting together never actually happens. You either hear nothing from them, or they call with an excuse as to why they can’t follow through.…

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Posted by Joel Brookman in Get things done, Increase your productivity.

Entrepreneur or Corporate Paycheck

Would you rather be your own boss and work as an entrepreneur, or work for a large corporation? Most people prefer the idea of having autonomy and greater control over their destiny. Having been on both sides, I’ve come to realize that there are some significant benefits to the corporate life.

My friend Terry just closed on the sale of his business. He started an insurance agency nearly thirty years ago and spent his entire career as an entrepreneur. He was responsible for every aspect of his business, from human resources, to technology, to sales. Since his business was acquired, he is now part of a larger corporation and is finding the experience to be enlightening.…

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Posted by Joel Brookman in Decisions, love your job, Uncategorized.

Your Story

Everyone has a story. I was involved with a woman whose father verbally abused her. Her parents had a toxic relationship. They would scream at each other on a daily basis. When we had even the smallest disagreement, she would scream at me. Her excuse was that this is the way people in her family expressed themselves. She justified her actions with her “story.” Maybe you were born to parents that never understood you. They wanted different things for you than you wanted for yourself. Perhaps you had a traumatic experience in your past that influences who you are today. The culmination of your life’s experiences, especially the highly-charged ones, often become your story.…

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Posted by Joel Brookman in Choose who you want to be, overcoming limiting beliefs, self talk, Take Control of Your Life.

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