Yeah, it’s kind of like that.
Picture inspired by Jason Heuser.
Creativity Meets Awesomeness
Picture inspired by Jason Heuser.
Have you ever heard someone say, “At least it isn’t raining” just to hear some thunder and feel the first drops of a thunderstorm?
I’ve often questioned why people use the “It could always be worse” idea to help them feel better. In essence we are trying to feel better at the cost of others’ misfortunes.
And the nagging question keeps coming back to me – what if it already is the worst it can be? Taking it to its natural conclusion, when you actually hit the bottom, it gives you the sense that it is now okay to be angry and pessimistic.
The point I’m trying to make is that using the “It could always be worse” technique to help you feel better and more optimistic is flawed.
There IS a better way.
Although I completely admit to having used this technique before, it’s not the “Optimistic Tool” in my “Toolbox of Life” I reach for anymore if I can help it.
Stay tuned to my attempt to share my wisdom on being an optimist. I’m still gathering my thoughts, but I like where this is going.
Question: Do you have any “tools in your toolbox” that work for you (or doesn’t work)? Please share below.
In light of recent events, one might find it easy to get discouraged. However, like every dark and gloomy cloud, there is a silver lining – a glimmer of hope.
Now before you discount this as wishing thinking, I must disclose that I am a self-proclaimed optimist and I have real world experience in this since I made my decision to be an optimist at the age of twelve.
That’s right, optimism is a choice.
I’m also a realist and I don’t ignore the real, hard facts of life.
The difference for me is that I choose to view those real, hard facts in a way that allows me to make a decision with optimism.
Okay, so with all the bad things that happen in the world, how can you be optimistic about your life or the human race? Stay tuned, as I will attempt to distill my years of experience as an optimist into a blog post series.
Question: What is optimism to you? I’ll give you my definition forthcoming, but until then please comment below.
For all those data lovers out there, you are going to love Crowdbooster. It provides business-class analytics and it also has a free version for individual accounts. So plug in and let the data-fest begin.
Don’t know how to grow your reach and influence and get the Klout score you’ve always wanted? Let Crowdbooster recommend who you should reach out to, what sites to tweet about and when is the best time to schedule your tweets.
I’m a newbie and Crowdbooster is still learning my social profile so it is only giving me what seems to be pretty generic times to get the most out of my tweets. I bet it will change as it gets to know me better (and I become a more regular tweeter).
This measures potential impressions, retweets and replies in a slick bubble map fashion (and for you data geeks, there’s a table view as well). Use this data to observe which tweets get the most retweets and analyze why.
This is pretty straight forward and not bad for a free service. I would like to see some comparison with tweets from other people who tweet about the same type of stuff or just get tons of retweets. The compare and contrast would give greater insight into how to improve my tweets.
This is hyped up, but it’s still useful. It shows your top retweeters so you can easily see who loves your content and shares it with their followers. So in one place you can manage your relationship with your top followers and then try to find more like them.
It would be better if there were a way to interact with those people right there. A static report is nice, but doing something with it is better.
Other services have a content scheduler, but with the recommended time to tweet, it’s that much better than other schedulers.
For an individual user, this is pretty cool. It lacks enterprise functionality for it to be a serious business tool, but it’s okay for startups and small companies. That being said, I wish it could track your personal Facebook profile and not just a Page. It’s probably because it uses Facebook insights to get its data and I don’t think that’s available for Facebook profiles.
What do you use to track your social impact?
Tears swelled up during her funeral service yesterday as I remembered her and thought of the loss her husband and family faces.
I first met Alice during my undergrad where she accompanied one of my musical theater classes. I remarked how pleasant she was to work with and how good she was at reading the actors, which is a hard skill in my opinion.
It was years later that I would meet her again in line to get some BBQ at a BYU MBA opening social as her husband was starting the program with me. The first thing I recognized was her shining smile.
Her husband is also an accomplished pianist and he accompanied me during the MBA talent show. He’s a true professional.
I only mention that because I can only imagine the richness they both shared with music and I bet he will feel close to Alice every time he plays.
I don’t pretend to understand the pain he’s going through right now with the loss of his beloved wife and the struggle he will undoubtedly go through in raising three kids on his own.
My heart pains for him and his family. My thoughts and prayers go to them. I pray that their pains will heal and that they will feel comfort from our Savior Jesus Christ. For it’s only through His atonement can families be together forever.
Joyous will be their reunion after this life is over.
If any of you wish to learn more about Alice or help the family she left behind, please visit the Alice Hansen Family Fund.