we’ve all got our favourite reading material. whether it’s a blog you follow religiously or a magazine subscription you get delivered to your door (or tablet). perhaps you read every book by your all-time favourite author or devour tons of newspapers every week. reading is important for learning and then sharing with others.
that’s what i’d like to do with you today. some time ago i came across the blog of seth godin. his words are very interesting, often brief and always thought-provoking. this is an extract from his blog everyday is an investment:
You’re not lucky to have this job, they’re lucky to have you. Every day, you invest a little bit of yourself into your work, and one of the biggest choices available to you is where you’ll be making that investment.
it can be easy to forget why you go to work, especially once all your money has disappeared and payday is a distant mark on the calendar. the lesson here, i feel, is to remember to make the most of being at work. try something new, ask questions, learn a different technique. make an investment in yourself and your working life. who knows where it’ll take you.
don’t be afraid of what you know and what you’ve yet to learn. you’re valuable to the people around you and those that will enter your life in the future. practice, question and stay strong… invest.
i have a sister. she’s taller than me, despite being younger. she has style, often switches between blonde and brunette (both suit) and was born to be on the stage.
we’re both creative and work in similar business arenas. trashy tv is our guilty pleasure; the ‘friends’ script is our verse. we haven’t always been ‘best friends’ – i wouldn’t even say we are now. in fact we don’t need to be. we’re sisters. she has my back as i have hers.
do you have a sister? maybe a close female friend with whom you share a tight bond? if the answer is yes, you’ll be more than aware of the lengths you’ll go to for that person. how you’ll look out for them in times of difficulty and celebrate with them during moments of joy.
as i get older i’ve realised my sister is right there with me. she’s not a little kid, tugging at my top for attention (she never did this, far too independent). my sister is a woman in her own right, working hard at her career, relationships and friendships. to me she is an adviser, confidant and sounding board.
she’s articulate, educated and inspirational. i don’t think she’d label herself in such a way. she knows my past and understands my insecurities. she writes me emails at 3:15am on a coach heading for gatwick airport. she writes with passion and conviction; it brings a tear to my eye.
i love her to the moon and back and can’t imagine my life without her.
be cheerful. strive to be happy.
look out for your sisters and friends; they’re special people.
it’s sunday. some would say a day of rest. what have you done so far today?
i’ve been quite productive: woke up, checked my favourite social media sites, put a load of washing in the machine, got dressed, read some blogs, had breakfast, responded to some website comments, hung the washing out. not bad going.
what i haven’t done today: run the london marathon!