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Big Shiny Things... and motivation

Thursday, May 09, 2013

It dawns on me, as I signed up (yes, I did succumb to the temptation) for that Double Half Mary in September, that this pursuit of "shiny things" is not just a trait of my athletic side. It's a trait of my work side, too.

The "big shiny project" has brought me to more than one job. If you want me to sign on to your company, team or whatever, don't tell me about benefits or pay (although those can be roadblocks)... sell me on the work itself. Sell me on the project.

No wonder I keep going after the different and quirky events... it's a part of me, or my curious self... of my competitive "A Student" self... of the kid that read the magazine article on making your own binary card sorter with index cards, paper punch, and scissors... and went out and got a paper punch just to try it.

So, if you want to be both happy and successful... find what trips YOUR personality triggers... and USE that bit. More carrot. Less stick. Right?

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NEW-CAZ 5/10/2013 2:12AM

    All for encouragement!

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CEHALLA 5/10/2013 12:30AM

    You are so funny! I can just see you there with piles of index cards and a paper punch! I was a comp sci major back in the late 70's and had my fun with the card punch machines!

Its good advice to find out what kind of rewards work the best for you, I'll give that some thought!

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OPTIMIST1948 5/9/2013 9:35PM

    Racing is both my carrot AND my stick!

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PATRICIAAK 5/9/2013 9:02PM

    I'm all for carrots!

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KARIDIAN1 5/9/2013 8:47PM

    My husband and I seem to always do quirky things to. We get involved in sports not many do, and we go into it big time.

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DLDMIL 5/9/2013 8:17PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon We all knew deep down inside that you would GO for it. Keep the carrots out front and you will achieve. I am in awe of your accomplishments and courage to try new things.

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MIRAGE727 5/9/2013 4:09PM

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Barb! I love it! For me in retirement, its..."Show me the BLING!"
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SLENDERELLA61 5/9/2013 2:52PM

    Great self-awareness.... Some really great characteristics you've harnessed for you.... Good for you!!! -Marsha

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LESLIELENORE 5/9/2013 2:34PM

    emoticon You'll do awesome!

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DALID414 5/9/2013 11:39AM

    I so knew you'd sign up! The shiny thing is too great to pass up on!

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-STARRYEYED- 5/9/2013 9:56AM

    The double half sounds like fun! YOu are gonna have a fun time! woo hooo!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/9/2013 9:31AM

    Yes, go for that big shiny "carrot." I'm looking forward to your report.

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MSLZZY 5/9/2013 9:30AM

    Another great adventure ahead of you! You inspire me so much! Have a super day!

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LEWILL1982 5/9/2013 8:40AM

    You signed up for it, awesome! Can't wait to read about your training and your updates!

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GABY1948 5/9/2013 8:36AM

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SPINNINGJW 5/9/2013 8:27AM

    Watermellen, you aren't missing much by not being "into" TV. There are relatively few shows that are worth watching.

Barb, I need to find my "carrot." Unfortunately, I think it is 10 feet of water with a springboard one meter above it.


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WATERMELLEN 5/9/2013 7:53AM

    More carrots indeed! And thank you for the explanation, much appreciated: I feel so out of touch (not raised with TV and just never got into it . . . ).

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1CRAZYDOG 5/9/2013 7:52AM

    I just had this feeling yesterday you were going to go for that double 1/2 marathon! You are phenomenal!

I love learning too. It's a wonderful trait to nurture!

HUGS

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DEBRITA01 5/9/2013 7:22AM

    Love your last statement about being happy and successful...so true! Keep going after that carrot... emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 5/9/2013 7:19AM

    more carrots--less stick--sure is right!--You have to be interested doncha?---- Anyway Barb---Keep on keeping on -----interesting blog---Lynda emoticon

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