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Don’t let gimmicks be your guide

If you sincerely enjoy doing something, do it! EVEN IF the pundits say it breaks the rules, do it!

Say you’re sorry.

Meet your customers for coffee.

Be friends with your kids.

Cry when you feel like it.

Follow people back on Twitter.

Do what gets YOU ‘tapped in, tuned in, and turned on’ (and that includes ignoring MY suggestions).

The stuff that works is the stuff you believe in.

If you believe in it, you’ll be believable and you’ll exercise the commitment, concern, and creativity necessary to make it work.

Gimmicks can grab people’s attention in the short-term, but only self-authenticity can produce lasting change.

In your quest to figure out what you should do, don’t forget to be true to the “you” that will be doing it.

If you get the “you” part wrong, then in the long run it wont really matter what else you get right.

At least that’s the way I see it.

What about you?


T.K. Coleman

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  1. Hello T.K.

    (Trying not to monopolize your time.) But so many of your comments are terrific and fun! And thought-provoking.

    Aren’r people fascinating. And we all deserve our “quest.” And, yes, learn from everybody. Even the most boring person is still more interesting than the most animated animal. Why is that person boring? Is it a defense mechanism? Are they hiding from themselves? Because human beings should be anything but boring, or bored.

    And I love anecdotes about people, even if I’ve never met them.

    I read a Reader’s Digest quote about a black woman who was cleaning offices to put her 3 sons
    through university, (Many years ago.) She would work off hours, so she could be home to cook their meals and monitor their schoolwork. One night she was kneeling down cleaning something in an office when the president came by and spotted her. He commented that we should all be humble. She qiuppied back: “Mister, let’s not be that humble, we ain’t that great yet.”

    Then there was the quote from an elderly black woman rocking on her front porch when a politician came by and suggested she had to vote for him. (Again, some years ago.) She had put several children through college by sheer hard work. She looked at the politician and said: “Mister, I don’t have to do anything but die. Everything else I chose to do.”

    I think of their flinty eyes and steely spines and unbending determination and the values they passed on to their children and that there are people like that in the world. It’s…comforting.

    They have their quests.



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