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Protecting Your *Most* Valuable Property

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Protecting Your Most Valuable Property - Bob Burg My great friend and fellow coffee-lover, Melissa Stewart, founder of She Owns It, a company based on “Celebrating, Supporting & Connecting Women Entrepreneurs” recently tweeted,

“Your mind is a multimillion-dollar property.
Screen your tenants VERY carefully!”

How true that is!

Imagine owning a rental property and not screening your prospective tenants before allowing them to move in. I mean, wouldn’t you do a credit and background check, and perhaps even ask for references? Sure, because to make the decision to let someone impact your valuable property should not be made without as much thought and consideration as humanly possible!

How much more important is it then to make sure that, before you allow people (and their thoughts, opinions, belief systems, etc.) into your brain — your MOST valuable property — you do the same?

And, if it looks as though they could in any way damage that property, gently encourage them to look elsewhere.

No vacancies here. This is your mind we’re talking about.

Melissa, you up for another coffee tweet? I like your style! :-)

Of course, awesome readers…may I ask, how do you do at protecting your most valuable property? And, what are the best ways you’ve found to do that?

I’m Going To Write That Down

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Dunkin Donuts CoffeeAs I was leaving Dunkin’ Donuts yesterday after my usual Sunday morning two hours of coffee, donuts (just two) and reading, I held the door for a woman who was walking in, smiled at her and said hello.

“How do you do it?” she asked. “You’re always smiling. Always so happy. How can that be?”

Background: she often meets her daughter and adorable baby grandson here on Sunday mornings. She seems like a lovely person, though she often seems to be annoyed at everything around her. She has that general aura of unhappiness. I’m not judging her (who am I to judge anyone?); it’s just how I’ve always seen her from my unique viewpoint.

“Well” I explained. Please know that I’m not always happy. Life throws us all curveballs; some more serious than others, but we all have our ups and downs. Life is…life! There are three things I try and keep in mind though.

“First, if I’m unhappy about something currently happening, there’s no reason to bring others down. It doesn’t add to their world, and it doesn’t make mine any better.

“Second, there’s a lot to be grateful for. When I’m in a down mood I try and keep in mind that there are people in other parts of the world living on a dollar a day and walking miles and miles in quest of drinking water for themselves and their loved ones. And, there are people who have disabilities and are living in devastating pain every day. So, while my heart breaks for them,  I realize I’m very fortunate, and I’m filled with gratitude.

“Third, I simply act my way into feeling happy.”

“What was that?” she suddenly asked. And, I must admit, I thought she was asking in a way that implied it was about the silliest, stupidest thing she’d ever heard in her life.

“Well,” I explained, “most of us have been taught that we must first feel happy in order to be happy. However, it’s actually the opposite. We can actually act our way into the feeling we desire. Put a huge smile on your face and just try to be sad. It’s difficult, if not impossible to do so because the mind cannot simultaneously hold two opposing thoughts.”

She looked amazed. “So, act happy and you’ll be happy. You’re saying you can really act your way into happiness” said as though she needed affirmation that what she’d heard…I’d said.

“Yes. You can act your way into feeling happy.”

“Amazing” she replied. “I’m going to go in and write that down right now!”

Now, that made me happy…no acting necessary. :-)