Author: jakedavis1910

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

https://youtu.be/Kr0tTbTbmVA

Good summer time jam as we inch closer to the end of summer and the start of another school year.

It reminds me of high school and all the summer time spent goofing off with friends.

Sitting around or driving around doing nothing but hanging out.

I’ve been reminded a few times lately that this kind of idle free time together with others helps build and cement relationships.

Think about how you are spending your time.

Are you allowing enough free time with the relationships that matter?

Taking the wife out on enough dates?

Golfing with your friends?

Watching a movie with the kiddos?

Calling that old friend just to say hi?

Find some time to spend with someone who matters this weekend.

Easy, relaxed, free time.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 08 11 22

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” – Winston Churchill

Distractions. They are a fact of life.

How many times in a day do you catch yourself thinking "what was I doing?"

Like most things in life, learning how to focus your efforts is a discipline, learned over time.

Decide to work on that discipline today.

Pick a period of time and focus on the most important to do on your list.

It might be 5 minutes or it might be 5 hours, but pick a time and stick with it.

And then do it again tomorrow. And the next day. And I think you get the idea after that.

Make it a great day.

Jake ​

Daily Attitude Email 08 10 22

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. -Margaret Mead

There is only one you. One person endowed with your skills, talents and purpose.

No one else can serve and love in the exact same way you were built to.

The same goes for each and every person you interact with.

The opportunity lies in building the relationships that allow for the authentic flow of this uniqueness.

Your skills, talents and purpose are used to build up those you are in relationship with and their skills, talents and purpose are used to build up yours. It’s kind of like magic.

It’s also a reminder of my own quote I made up (trademark and copyright pending) – Be yourself, unless you’re a jerk. Part of our ability to make the world a better place depends on our willingness to do the work to get and be better. We can’t do our best work unless we are working to be our best.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 08 08 22

We boil at different degrees. – Clint Eastwood

What a great reminder.

We are all different.

Others don’t get as focused on that one thing as we do.

Others get more focused on that one thing than we do.

They’re not wrong and we’re not right.

What should we do about it?

Show others the same patience, empathy, kindness and grace we would like others to show to us.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

https://youtu.be/saaLW0jiiUE

More of a slow tapper.

Probably not the real message of this song but when I hear I think about trying to be the “easy” person in a relationship.

Easy to talk to.

Easy to work with.

Easy to ask for help.

Easy to tell the good and bad news.

I think of being kind and nice. Of being the kind of person someone isn’t afraid to approach with whatever is on their mind.

What can you do to be the easy person for somebody today?

Make it a great day.

Jake

PS – on the other side of this coin – sometimes we don’t want to be the easy person. If someone asks you to cheat or lie or steal, it shouldn’t be easy. It should be impossible. Like a lot of life – we must choose wisely when to be easy and when to be difficult.

Daily Attitude Email 08 04 22

"Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is poverty. Ignorance is devastation. Ignorance is tragedy. Ignorance is illness. It all stems from ignorance." — Jim Rohn

We are all ignorant in that we don’t know everything, but if we continue to be, we can expect what Jim Rohn describes.

While we shouldn’t beat ourselves up over not knowing, we should also never stop our search for knowledge and information to lead us out of our ignorance.

We choose our ignorance.

But we must choose wisely.

For example, it might be wise to be ignorant of the latest happenings on the latest hot TV show while being ignorant of important areas regarding your health might not be so wise.

Choosing ignorance in the important areas of life is a recipe for disaster.

Seek out knowledge and wisdom about what is important to you.

Be ok with not understanding that which is not.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 08 03 22

Found this email I sent out two years ago at this time. What we do still matters.

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.

The little things matter.

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

How we treat a 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 08 01 22

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all. – Norman Vincent Peale

I thought this quote would be a good reminder on a Monday morning.

Start your week off by taking action on your most important goals.

Get the ball rolling in the right direction.

Make it a great day.

Jake