Dear Friend…I Believe in YOU…-C

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Dear Friend:

We have known each other for a while and I have come to know the type of person that you are.

-You are the kind of person who puts your heart into everything that you do.

-You are the kind of person who chooses your path rather than let others choose for you.

-You are the kind of person who is willing to run through walls to break down barriers that others have created, so future generations will have a clear path and a chance at opportunity.

-You are the kind of person who will light a flame that the world has yet to be dazzled by.

-You are the kind of person who people question. They will question your gender, your background, your education, if you have what it takes, your right to be so bold…

-You are the kind of person who will answer those questions with your achievements.

-You are the kind of person who will meet challenge after challenge. Sometimes you will succeed, and sometimes you will fail, but the knowledge you gain from both will make you stronger, smarter, better.

-You are the kind of person who was born to serve the world in the endeavors that you undertake and you will do it with honesty, integrity, care, intellect, insight, and the gusto of life that is apparent in every breath that you take.

-You are the kind of person who was born to serve the world in the endeavors that you undertake and you will do it with honesty, integrity, care, intellect, insight, and the gusto of life that is apparent in every breath that you take.

-You are the kind of person that is human and makes mistakes, but you don’t let those mistakes hold you down for long.

-You are the kind of person that I believe in. Betting on you isn’t a bet at all. It’s an investment in your future and mine as well because what you are doing and what you will create will change the world. Let the naysayers drink from their bitter cups and let us drink from the cup of life without regret.

I believe in YOU.

Your friend,

-C

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Why Love and Humor Matter in Business

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When I was little (still am, just older), my idea of a businessperson was someone who was intelligent, busy, wore a suit and shiny shoes, was stern and wore a contemplative look on his/her face all the time. In fact, in researching the root of the word from Etymology Online, in Old English the word business was bisignes (Northumbrian) and meant “care, anxiety, occupation,” and from bisig “careful, anxious, busy, occupied, diligent”. As I get older, that’s simply not the case because there is a difference between b-us-in-ess(ence) and just abrupt busy-ness.

If you do something you love, something that lights that fire within, it shows. You can’t hide it; it’s a part of you because it emanates from you. It’s like watching a master baker kneading her dough until it’s just right so it bakes up exactly as she wants it, soft and airy with a bit of crunch on the outside, or moist and dense and filling. Or a nail artist who creates fantastic, colorful, otherworldly designs with the paintbrush of his imagination. Or a doctor whose gentle hands and gentle manner soothe a patient in distress.

Business is about connection. It’s about bringing value to people. It’s a vehicle by which change and opportunity happen. It also can be done with a pocket full of humor. After all laughter is the best medicine. Think about experiences you’ve had in the past when it came to customer service or meeting a new business associate. Did something funny work to break the ice? Did the lack of a human connection kill the deal?

Number are important. Data is important. However, so are the things that make us human, because after all the interactions we have are really always person-to-person with other things (like tech) as the intermediary. Or well for now, until the machine overlords take over*.

*Jeopardy reference