Taking the Leap…

Years ago, someone introduced me to Grant Snider’s Blog, “Incidental Comics” where he had posted this comic on “Making the Leap.”

I was working in advertising sales when someone sent this comic to me. Sales is tough, and when we are afraid of rejection (customer saying, “No”) then we hold ourselves back. I shared this with my co-workers and we all smiled, this cartoon was right on point. What WAS holding us back?

We had to overcome our fear of customer rejection. Once we took the “leap,” we opened ourselves up to the “possibiltiy of a YES” and meeting new wonderful customers! AND in sales we have a joke that says, “One more “NO,” brings you closer to a “YES!” Anything in life that takes effort and takes us out of our comfort zone makes us pause and sometimes “over think” taking that leap of faith.

It is funny, isn’t it, that when we finally do take the leap we wonder WHY it took so long to get to that moment.

Whenever, I find myself questioning whether I can do something I think of this comic, review what stage I am at, and ask myself, “Are you ready to take the LEAP?”

How about you…. What goals/dreams (travel, writing, career change, buying a home, moving, starting a business, flying a plane, etc.) have YOU had on the back burner?

Maybe this is the year to take the LEAP!

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Amazon’s 1st Bookstore Opens

imageAmazon opened its first bookstore last November 2015 in the Seattle area. For those of you who might not know this, Amazon’s headquarters is in Seattle. I am excited about this, because it means that bookstores will hopefully be making a “come back.”

Right now, this is their first bookstore, but from what I read in the Wall Street Journal they have plans to open more stores soon. Of couse, the employees at the Amazon Bookstore were saying this is the only store they have planned at this time.

The bookstore had a good selection of books, a nice layout for viewing the books and a great magazine collection. Oh, and I was pleasantly surprised to see they had a very large children’s section too.

They cleverly had some Kindles displayed on the book racks. As I don’t know much about the Kindle I gave it a try. I have mixed emotions on reading books “only” online. I miss the feel of a hardcover printed book, seeing the cover, turning the pages, etc. I know online reading is certainly great for traveling and at some point I will be a Kindle owner; but, for now, I am still holding out and reading the old fashioned way.

Judging from the amount of people in the bookstore they feel the same way. There were people of all ages in this store. It is very close to the University of Washington. I read so many other things online that having a “real printed book” feels like I have escaped from technology — I like that feeling!

Printed books still have their place in the world!  Hallelujah!

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To my Asian friends…

imageTo my Asian friends, I’d like to say, “Happy Chinese New Year!” I wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016!  I hope you receive a special red envelope too. Last year I had a friend who gave me a red envelope with a $1 inside and I do think it brought me luck. I smiled, because it was a gift I did not expect, so I felt included in the New Year’s celebration, which was wonderful! This year, at the suggestion of one of our Asian employees, our company went to a Chinese brunch to celebrate together. It was very nice — about 25 of us. A girlfriend of mine was invited for dumplings by her Asian yoga teacher.  So, thank you for including us in your celebration!

Here’s to a special 2016 for all of us!

Chinese Red Envelope

Chinese Red Envelope