How to Create Better Relationships

Read a great article about creating better relationships– the highlights:

  1. Treat other people as you would like to be treated.
  2. Truly listen.
  3. Be assertive.
  4. Remember to give the small gifts of kindness.
  5. Mix things up.
  6. Have human standards.
  7. Focus on solutions, instead of arguing on and on.

These are, individually, all things that I’ve tried to work on for years. This article does a great job at helping you think about the way that others perceive you, and the way that you communicate. Read the whole article here…

Defining Success

SANDCASTLESIt can be hard to define success for yourself, it’s so tempting to treat it as a moving target– “When I have X dollars, then I’ll be successful”, “When I get Y promotion, then I’ll be successful”.

John James Jacoby published a great post today about defining success, and how that’s changed through his life. An inspiring read, for sure.

A brief excerpt:

Today, right now, I define “success” as follows:

Use television to relax, educate, and procrastinate on purpose

Use video games to supplement my aging imagination

Use music to drown-out my wandering ADD-afflicted mind

Use love to fuel solutions to life’s problems

Use my job to improve the quality of relationships in peoples lives

Use the culmination of my career experience to build great things (like BuddyPress, bbPress, GlotPress, WordPress, & Flox to name a few)

Stop pretending and take action – if it’s not actionable, appreciate the experience and take notes

Appreciate my wife in a unique way each day, and make babies

Be compassionate and considerate above all else

via Defining Success | John James Jacoby.

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