Daily Attitude Email 12 08 22

The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others. – Robert Baden-Powell

A phrase I think of often is “in service with love”.

What if you spent your whole life in service with love?

What if you could think that all the time?

What if you went from one act of loving service right into the next one?

I can’t make you any guarantees, but it sure seems like everything would turn out all right.

Probably not perfect, but probably a lot better than average (and probably better than it is today?).

A lofty goal, to be sure.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 12 07 22

"Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained." – CS Lewis

Love is a central theme of the Christmas season.

We are reminded of the importance of the loving relationships in our lives and are inspired to love mankind in a way that seems to elude us the rest of the year.

CS Lewis has some great thoughts on the subject of love and this quote is a great reminder.

Love isn’t a feeling – it’s an action.

Either in how we think about and consider someone or better yet in what we do and say in response to those consistent and steady wishes for a loved one’s ultimate good.

Feed the flames of these thoughts and actions that Christmas inspires.

Keep it up through the New Year and on to next year.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 12 06 22

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. – Mother Teresa

Reminder for all of us (or maybe just me?) – Christmas is a time of JOY!

We should be smiling.

Sure, there’s lots of work to do.

Sure, things don’t always go as planned.

Sure, my foot hurts real bad (that was hopefully just for me).

There are a lot of reasons to smile too….

Christmas.

Baby Jesus being born all those years ago.

Friends.

Family.

Presents.

Decorations.

Food.

Let’s all make an effort to smile more this Christmas.

Merry Christmas.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 12 05 22

A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group — that’s teamwork.

The star of the team is the team. ‘We’ supersedes ‘me.

Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.

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We don’t have to be superstars or win championships…. All we have to do is learn to rise to every occasion, give our best effort, and make those around us better as we do it.

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.

John Wooden – quotes on teamwork.

Maggie and I have been watching Hoosiers as we’ve started another high school basketball season at our house.

It’s a classic story of the small town under dog team that puts it all together for a magical season.

A group of individuals learn to put the team first and to believe in each other.

For some reason – we were made to work together towards goals. We are at our best when we are giving our best to others in pursuit of something important.

What would it look like at Mavidea/Maxlider if we all leaned into this a little bit more?

What have been some of the moments when we’ve done this best?

What should we be doing to cultivate this more?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

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I’ve probably sent this song out every Christmas season even though it probably isn’t on many Christmas playlists.

To me it tells the story of the season and the story behind Christmas as well as any traditional Christmas song.

The story of Jesus and his birth told against the backdrop of God’s plan for all of humankind is the whole point of Christmas.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas with all of the to dos and happenings, but it’s important to reminder the bigger story.

That God sent his one and only son to live and die for you and wants to live in you for the rest of your days here and forever with you in Heaven.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 30 22

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have. – Margaret Mead

I think of this quote often at our little group of companies.

We aren’t quite doing a bazillion dollars in business or making the Forbes list, but we are making a difference.

We are influencing each other and our clients in ways we can’t imagine.

How we work together and the values we build into the culture of who we are will have a lasting impact on all of us.

It’s no small thing. What we do matters.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 28 22

Each time we visit another area of the country we get a glimpse into how people live in those areas.

This last trip was no different. We spent some time on Anna Marie Island – a whole island of people literally living on the beach.

These visits are a reminder – we can freely choose to order our lives as we see fit. We could choose to live on the beach on an island.

Or on a mountain.

Or in a big city.

Or close to family.

Or ….fill in the blank.

Maybe you’ve thought through it all and are exactly where you want to be. Maybe a little tweak would make your current situation more ideal. Maybe a change in attitude is needed.

Either way – it’s worthwhile to imagine ideal for you and move towards it.

Make it a great day.

Jake

PS – To be clear – I don’t believe where and how you choose to live should not be some self-centered, hedonistic pursuit of perpetual comfort. How and where you spend your time can be an exercise in finding your ultimate place to be of the most service to others in love.

Daily Attitude Email 11 23 22

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. – William Arthur Ward

Being thankful is the beginning of a better and more full life.

When we are thankful for what we have we transform our attitude and prepare ourselves for more of the same.

Think of an area of your life where you want to see a change.

Find something in that area to be thankful for.

Maybe an example would help.

Let’s say you wanted to save some money.

First, be thankful for whatever money you do have.

Treat that little bit as if it were a blessing that you get the opportunity to steward.

And then you will have the attitude it will take to start adding more.

Make it a great day.

Jake