Slow Start – Good Ending

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Hi there.  As some of you know I have been gone… I think I am back.

I don’t know about you but it’s tough getting your head back into the game after sitting out for a while.

My body is here but my head… that’s a different story.

I was on vacation last week and my head is mush this week.  I always thought that I was to return from a break refreshed, but no.

But even though I am only working on two cylinders I will attempt to piece together some coherent thoughts to make the reading of the blog worthwhile.

OK… here we go.

Over the past few blogs I have attempted to tackle a pretty complex question, what makes a person happy and fulfilled.

First I talked about purpose – the need to have meaning beyond ourselves.  Secondly I attempted (not well I might add) to build a case that people are necessary to be happy and fulfilled.

The third component for being happy and fulfilled is critical – Productivity.

PRODUCTIVITY

There is nothing builds to one’s confidence and worth more than being productive.  You notice that I didn’t say make lots of money or accomplishing great things.

I am talking about living a life where you are doing something that’s productive.

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The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.
– Thomas Sowell

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You may also notice that I didn’t say busy.  There are lots of people who do busy stuff but are not productive.

In fact, busyness is probably the greatest culprit of productivity.

I heard an old phrase that I found to be very true – simple but true.

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The less you do, the less you do.

The more you do, the more you do.

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We tend to fall in one of the two categories.

Few things are more rewarding than to lie down at night and feel like you have accomplished a lot during the day.

There are multitudes of people who do not hold lofty positions but are proud of who they are.

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Always work hard, be honest, and be proud of who you are.
– Patricia Velasquez

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Meaningless activity may fill your day but it does not fill the heart.  The busyness one engages in may salve the conscious but it does not make you proud.

There is something divine about productivity.

When one is productive there is a fulfillment that cannot be matched.

Conversely, when one is not productive a hallow place remains.

This may not be one of my best blogs… but it was a productive use of my time and I feel good about it.

Ciao… see you Thursday.

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2 comments

  1. This is one of your best blogs, in my opinion, Jerry. The idea that happiness comes from meaningful purpose and from productively working toward that purpose every day, is simple. Yet it is also profound.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Thanks for your kind words. It’s nice to know that something I said struck you in a meaningful way.

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