I brought together three other passionate people recently and something was born. We’re not sure what … but we’re excited and the possibilities are endless. That’s what happens when you allow your imagination to run wild and shoot for the stars. You never know what is to become.
*This is a guest post from OnlineUniversity.net
The past 40 years have seen a lot of changes to the American lifestyle, including the way we work. People are sitting more, getting less exercise, engaging with computers on a daily basis, and finding new ways to get stressed out. So how has this shift in the way we work affected Americans? A lack of exercise coupled with sitting down for eight or more hours at a time have contributed to a variety of health issues in America, not the least of these being the obesity epidemic. People sitting at a computer all day are at a heightened risk for packing on pounds, developing heart disease, and dying young—and yet over 80% of Americans report to a desk job every morning. In a nation that extolls working hard and working often, many may be displeased to find that at the end of the day, all that work just might be killing you.
How are you changing your work habits to better your health?
A recent Inc.com article discussed ways employers could help make their employees smile more, and thus become happier. I took that concept and turned it to how you can do the same for your own life. After all, you are the CEO of your life.
It is almost here. The Madness will soon be upon us.
For those non-baketball fans out there who have no idea what I am talking about, March Madness is all about the unpredictability of 68 of the best men and women’s basketball teams playing each other over three weekends to find a national champion. Sure, there will be one (or four) No. 1 seeds who make it to the finals, but that’s not the point.
Perhaps one of them will win their first round game with a buzzer-beater. Or perhaps they will sail through to the title. But what the tournament always seems to remind us is that it is about the journey. It’s about the battles – large and small – that make the difference.
Take the Northern Iowa Panthers. I must disclose that they are my alma mater, but that does not diminish what they did a few years back.
When the brackets were released that year, my Panthers secured a No. 9 seed, meaning they would play tournament No. 1 seed Kansas in the second round should they win their first game. That Monday at work, I was less-than-excited. We had a good team, but Kansas was amazing.
But then something crazy happened. The Panthers won their first game on a buzzer-beater of their own. And the night before the game, I was talking with a friend about what I thought our chances were and he asked me a very good question.
“Would you rather lose by a few points, or be blown out?”
I didn’t even hesitate in my answer. I said I would rather lose by a few points. And why did I say that?
Because I knew my team could compete with the best. I knew we were that good that year. As a competitor, I would rather have the chance, than not. And the great thing about this story, is that they took advantage of that chance.
A great line from one of my favorite movies, Miracle, says it best. When coach Herb Brooks is speaking to the guys before the game against the Soviets he says, “If we played ‘em ten times, they might win nine. But not tonight.”
And that’s the lesson of March Madness. It’s one game. One chance.
Life is exactly the same way. We have one chance.