¿Cuánto es lo menos?

-¿Y cuántos días va andar por acá?

-Ya es mi último día, me regreso al rato para Monterrey

-Ah, pues si gusta yo lo llevo al rato al aeropuerto.

-Sí. Vamos a hacer esto, usted me lleva a varias vueltas que quiero hacer antes y en la tarde nos vamos para el aeropuerto. Pero me hace descuento.

-Sí, claro que sí.

El plan era un 25% (aproximado) de descuento de lo que normalmente hubiera sido el servicio de taxi por un día. Una muy buena oferta.

Después de un día de excelente servicio y poco antes de llegar al aeropuerto caí en cuenta que estaba abaratando un trabajo muy bien hecho, digno de pagar el precio completo y más. Justo el mismo problema al que se enfrentan miles de médicos que terminan trabajando en farmacias como las del gordito que baila reggaetón afuera cobrando 20 pesos (o menos) por una consulta que requiere de conocimientos adquiridos durante 6 años.

Sin importar el tipo de trabajo, debemos de reconocer el trabajo mexicano bien hecho y pagar lo correspondiente. Es la representación del trabajo duro y honesto que tanto nos quejamos que se ha venido perdiendo en los últimos años.

No abaratemos nuestro trabajo ni el de nuestra gente.

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The Monday Blues (No Such Thing)

Monday Blues
: The sad feeling people have when they go back to work or school on Monday.

You’re not supposed to have scheduled days for being sad. If you don’t like what you do, then you shouldn’t be doing it. Period. No amount of money is worth having a miserable job. Sure, you might say there are bills to pay and some of us have families or people that directly depend on us. But still, I firmly believe there is always a way to do what you really want to do.

Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky, almost 30-years old, quit his job at the government in order to take a leap into what he really wanted to do. That meant no competitive salary, no benefits and starting all over in a new city. He realized that, for him, having a meaningful life was something bigger and was worth taking some serious risks. He had this craving for making a real social impact. The guy’s currently writing a book about it and you can read all about it here.

Whether you’re choosing paths or have been working at the same place for any amount of time, you can ALWAYS change directions if you feel that’s just the way to go.

With a year having an average of 50 Mondays, you don’t want to spend two months every year having a crappy day because you are not doing something that is satisfying enough.

I know I sound overly optimistic and dreamy, but that’s exactly the way you should feel too.

So, yeah. No more Monday blues (even though I love playing the blues).

The New Habit: Giving Compliments

"I can live for two months on a good compliment"
-Mark Twain

How is it that most people rarely give a good, warm, heartful compliment? How often do you get positive feedback on a well-done work?

Sadly, I have witnessed quite a lot of situations where everyday well-done work and even great accomplishments happen and no one gives a word for it, and yet the moment someone makes the smallest mistake or faux pass everyone starts pointing fingers and talking.

As with any other kind of giving, a compliment gives a positive boost for both the giver and the receiver. We definitely need more good in our lives, so let’s start by giving more compliments when they are due.

Eugenio Garza Sada, one of the most important Mexican entrepreneurs, wrote a group of principles and personal concepts for his company and made sure all of his workers knew it and put it to practice. You can check it out in Spanish here.

Garza Sada made a special remark on appreciating his employee’s good work and giving full credit for it. Taking that credit as your own, according to him, would prevent you from behaving like a leader and make your company lose its faith on you.

An honest compliment works wonders especially on people having a hard time or just initiating on something. Novices need to feel they’re on the right track, while experts usually know they are good and prefer concentrating on improving its deficiencies. While corrective feedback is also much needed, never assume people already know that they are doing something right.

Words don’t need to be perfect, just put aside any shyness or self-absorption you may have and just drop an honest line. Never underestimate the power of an encouraging word.

Here is one of my favorite poems; quite simple, yet very deep.

Do it now
by Berton Braley

If with pleasure you are viewing
any work a man is doing,
If you like him or you love him,
tell him now;
Don’t withhold your approbation
till the parson makes oration
And he lies with snowy lilies on his brow;
No matter how you shout it
he won’t really care about it;
He won’t know how many teardrops you have shed;
If you think some praise is due him
now’s the time to slip it to him,
For he cannot read his tombstone when he’s dead.

More than fame and more than money
is the comment kind and sunny
And the hearty, warm approval of a friend.
For it gives to life a savor,
and it makes you stronger, braver,
And it gives you heart and spirit to the end;
If he earns your praise – bestow it,
if you like him let him know it,
Let the words of true encouragement be said;
Do not wait till life is over
and he’s underneath the clover,
For he cannot read his tombstone when he’s dead.

About Luck, Fate and Will

Luck

a : a force that brings good fortune or adversity

b : the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual

 

Fate

: the will or principle or determining cause by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do : Destiny

 

Will

Verbal auxiliary —used to express desire, choice, willingness, consent, or in negative constructions refusal

 

What happens to you, is it a consequence of luck, fate or your own determination?

For me it is a recurring question that first popped up about 6 years ago. The idea of not being in control of the course of my life completely terrified me. Being tied to a certain destiny could be good or bad, depending on what it’s got for you of course. But what if it’s not the best of the outcomes? Are your hands completely tied on this one? Is there perhaps something you could do to change at least part of it?

 

A lot of questions, right? But this is the way this issue has been for me, with an always evolving opinion.

 

Here’s an idea. Your thoughts are made of energy, and Einstein well said that energy equals mass (E=mc^2). Can this mass, if strong enough, change our surrounding or “reality”? In this case, the possibilities are just endless.  This hypothesis isn’t new, and it has been preached by many religions, groups and, most recently, by the Noetic science. A so recurrent concept that has prevailed and resurfaced so many times must hold some truth in it, at least in my humble opinion. There is no way to prove this point, but for now I only want you to consider it a possibility.

 

I’m a doctor, and two years ago I decided I wanted to become a dermatologist. For this to come true I had to take a huge test among 25 thousand doctors, go to interviews and just make everything I could in order to get one out of 4 positions available, directly competing with another 18 doctors. The competition was tough and for eleven months there was no day and no night when I didn’t repeat to myself my wish to become a dermatologist. I already felt so excited about it, almost if it were already a fact. I remember during my interviews being asked “So, what’s your plan B?” I had already thought about it and my answer was “I don’t want to spend my time or energy thinking about other plans and I prefer to direct these forces into studying and focusing in my goal”. I did work hard for it, but because of my job on that time I don’t think I spent enough time studying (although it is probably never enough). One month after the test the results came in right after midnight I got a phone call from one of the professors to tell me I had been accepted. I remember the next couple of weeks waking up and thinking “I made it”. I’ve probably never felt more accomplished.

 

What happened? Did my wishing alone make it a reality? Or did my thoughts influence my acts and my acts the final outcome? This second hypothesis is a little easier to accept and it’s probably the best lesson I learned after reading “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz (precisely during my preparation for the test), a really good and easy to read book first published over 50 years ago. Either way this is difficult to prove, so probably the only way to find out if this works is to try it out.

 

I am completely convinced that both positive and negative thinking work as a rolling snowball, and all it takes is an initial idea to start this process that will end up in you doing or not doing what you really want to do. Once you have a positive thinking mindset it will be easier for you to look for and take advantages of opportunities that come up, to be always expecting good things and to turn every failure or difficulty into a life lesson and an opportunity to change… to change your luck.


This is how it all starts.