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This is Why You Get Paid the Big Bucks

A former boss of mine used to listen to our inputs, and then at some point, she’d make a decision. “This is what I want you to do,” she’d say. When the choice was not clear cut, she might say, “Let’s try it and see what happens. We won’t know if it will work or not unless we try.”

Make Your Choices, Brad W. Smith photographer, commitment, LIfeishotblog

Whether your goal is as high as the moon or something you can accomplish before lunch, you will only reach it by pleasing yourself.

She wasn’t afraid to make a decision, or to change her decision when additional facts came to light. Her decisions were pragmatic, efficient and clear. Even if they were not always right.     

What she did not do was expect us to vote or to debate until consensus was reached. Voting would have only served to create a win/lose scenario and give those on the losing side the opportunity to walk away from any commitment to implement the actions necessary for success. Too often consensus deteriorates into a process of making sure everyone gets a little of what they want, without regard to whether the actions will at all address the problem they were intended to address or whether the results are likely to yield the desired outcome. (If you want proof of this, look no farther than the U.S. Congress.)

We can’t run our business or lead our team by consensus. It doesn’t work. We also can’t live our life by consensus, by doing whatever the people near us tell us to do about how to live our life. Continue reading

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Announcing Life Is Hot Cards

You may have noticed the banner across the top of this blog. It says two things – Hot Expresso, and Life Is Hot Cards.

Japanese garden with arched bridge over stream

cover: When you take a small step forward everyday
inside: It’s not long before you can look back and
see you have indeed made progress.
Know that I am here as you journey through
grief to reach joy again on the other side.

HotExpresso is the name of a business I started with Brad many years ago. The name comes from my last name, Hotchkiss, and the fact we’re in the business of creating expressions – in video – customized for your needs. By the way, espresso is derived from the Italian word for express since espresso is made to order and served immediately to the customer.

In the center of the banner, in between the two words, is a postal cancellation mark bearing the words Life Is Hot Cards.

I haven’t said anything about it until now, but we’ve been busy creating a line of cards for all of the hard realities of life that come our way. Continue reading

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Springing Forward

Wednesday, March 20, is the Vernal equinox, the official start of spring in the northern hemisphere marking the time when nature’s life cycle begins anew.

crocus and oak leaves on early spring ground

Embrace the promise of the spring to come but don’t ignore the present

For many of us, it’s a time for renewed or fresh intentions to get in better shape, lose a few pounds, make plans for the summer. It’s time to finish the projects around the house that we put on the list back when it seemed winter would stretch on relentlessly, and we had nothing but time.

Now we have to hustle to get them done so that we can tackle the springtime projects.

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