Friday Morning Toe Tapper

https://youtu.be/c6rP-YP4c5I

I wanna try even though I could fail

I won’t give up, no I won’t give in

Till I reach the end

And then I’ll start again

No I won’t leave

I wanna try everything

I wanna try even though I could fail

I don’t know about you, but I fail. A lot.

In my old age, I am trying hard to see this as a positive.

It’s only when we let comfort and the status quo take over that we really fail.

We can’t experience the great things in life without trying new things and putting ourselves out there.

Sure, it can be painful. And nobody likes to fail.

But it’s worth it.

Growth and positive momentum requires failure.

What’s something new you could try this weekend?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Looking for something to try….how about dancing?

https://youtu.be/ru0K8uYEZWw

Daily Attitude Email 03 26 20

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Fred Rogers

Such a great thought for the scary times we’re in.

In the midst of all the uncertainties and fear – there are people helping.

Nurses, doctors, first responders come first to mind.

But there are also the people still working at Wal-Mart, etc. to get groceries out to all of us.

And Mavidea’s on the list too.

We’re helping our customers through a tough time. Helping them still get work done and communicate with their customers.

In every crisis there are positives.

A big one for me during this crisis has been how our team has responded. Everyone has stepped up and offered to help in whatever way they can.

Our clients are receiving help.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 03 25 20

The difficulties and challenges we are facing now reminded me of an earlier daily attitude email I sent a few years back:

https://www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org/do-your-worst-well-do-our-best.html

This is a Winston Churchill speech that is particularly poignant on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Two quotes in particular stood out to me:

“But there was one thing about which there was never any doubt. The courage, the unconquerable grit and stamina of our people, showed itself from the very outset. Without that all would have failed. Upon that rock, all stood unshakable.”

In the face of all the evils of the world we must have faith and belief that courage, grit and stamina from those on the side of good will win out. No matter the test, no matter the difficulty, that which is good and worthy will prevail.

“You do your worst – and we will do our best.”

When faced with the evils of the world it can be tempting to lower ourselves to those standards. Instead we need to raise ours.

The best way for us to honor those who have fallen and those who have sacrificed is to do and be our best. Others have given up their lives that we may have the opportunity to exercise this freedom. Don’t let it slip by.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 03 24 20

Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage. – The Hobbit

One of the overarching themes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series is that a small person, pure in heart, can make a difference – maybe even THE difference in how things turn out.

As we face very real and difficult challenges right now, I hope and pray that we can all remember this principal.

The little things matter.

How we treat each other on the team conference call matters.

How we treat the worried client matters.

How we work with vendors struggling to keep up matters.

We are being asked to hold the line against the evils of the world. To hold at bay the negativity, fear, hopelessness and despair. To keep ourselves and our teammates from falling prey to the temptation to give up or give in.

I’m sure this all sounds a bit grandiose for a little IT company and truck shop in Bloomington/Normal – and maybe it is (I don’t think so), but I don’t believe that for a second. What we do and how we do it matters. Now more than ever. How we get through this – together – matters. It’s important. And so is the work you are doing every day.

We have the opportunity to serve our clients and each other – with love and hope and faith and optimism in the face of difficulty.

Let’s embrace the opportunity and do our best.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 03 23 20

If you are unwilling to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn

Ordinary. Normal. Everybody else is doing it.

We have all wished for or strived for these things at one point or another. Whether it be to fit in or to feel loved or to relieve some of our own insecurities and anxieties; we purposefully looked for and strived for normal and ordinary.

One of the great tragedies of life is coming to the end of it having not lived all of it. Having not been the most truest version of you possible.

The scary part is that the best version of you is NOT normal. Not even close.

In fact, I would venture to say that the potential of our inherent abilities is so overwhelmingly different that we get a little scared. A little scared to live out the life uniquely set before us.

We must be willing to risk unusual or settle for ordinary.

We choose. Life doesn’t choose for us.

What’s your choice?

Make it a great and unusual day.

Jake

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

https://youtu.be/9tNweSZTgR0

This is a favorite St. Patrick’s Day song at the Davis house.

St. Patrick’s Day is a great reminder of the uniqueness of the US.

On St. Patrick’s Day – everyone’s Irish.

We can all come together and celebrate the culture of a country that has been a (mostly) positive influence in America.

We can come together as friends and fellow Americans.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 03 19 20

"Let no one or anything stand between you and the difficult task, let nothing deny you this rich chance to gain strength by adversity, confidence by mastery, and success by deserving it. Do it better each time. Do it better than anyone else can do it." – Harlow H. Curtice

What if we could look at the difficulties in our lives as opportunities?

Think about what is going on in your life.

Is there something you are staying away from because it seems too difficult?

Is there something you are falling short on because you aren’t giving it your all with a positive attitude?

Think a little differently and you’ll get different results.

Make it a great day.

Jake