Support Breast Cancer Awareness: $10 Donated with Each Pink Belt Sold
Support Breast Cancer Awareness
$10 Donated with Each Pink Belt Sold
Support Breast Cancer Awareness
One theme that I was continuously forced to face at Rapport, was stepping out of my comfort zone. I take pride in doing new things, going places I've never been before, challenging myself to not settle, but I never really appreciated why until this week.
Stepping out of your comfort zone is the catalyst for change. You might be asking yourself, "what's wrong with me now, why should I change?" but that phrase in itself is so dangerous. Change isn't supposed to be comfortable, it should challenge you, make you resist or adhere and ultimately allow for growth. When you think good is good enough, you aren't truly doing anything at your full potential.
So challenge yourself, do something you normally wouldn't, make conversation with a stranger, go see a movie by yourself, or do something as easy as speaking with unbroken eye contact when you order your coffee. Take something away from that experience and let yourself grow from it. Do something that makes you uncomfortable, embrace the weirdness, and know next time it won't be as weird. In that moment of diminishing weirdness, know that you have grown.
My wife and I just got back from a tip to Boise, ID to visit our daughter who goes to college there and catch a Boise State Bronco's football game. On top of an awesome nail-biting win against against a good BYU team to extend their undefeated run, we got to spend some time exploring her new home. We hung out for an afternoon in a small suburb called Hyde Park that looked like a scene from the Gilmore Girls, having ice cream and watching the middle school kids ride home from school laughing and having fun. A group of them were at a table next to us and I heard one of them suggest moving down a few tables so they didn't disturb us and I couldn't hear a single swear word dropped the whole time we were there from that group, seriously?
When we asked our daughter why she liked being back there so much she thought for a moment and said there were a ton of reasons, but one of the more visible ones is that everyone holds the door for others out there. No matter how long it takes for you to get there, they will always wait for you patiently. I know that seems like a small thing, but maybe a civil society is built of a thousand such small things and with this circus of an election cycle through which we are living, coupled with the lack of civility we seem to be showing to each other in this country, maybe that's a good place to start.
Today's wisdom comes from Seth Godin once again.
Everything you work on today is an investment for tomorrow, whether that's personally or professionally. All we have is "now" - this second in this very moment, with "later" always lurking just around the corner. Using the "now" to improve and be a better version of yourself for the "later" is imperative.
The ultimate reward is the result at the end of the "later", and whether we choose to enjoy the process of self-improvement through the ups and downs is another matter entirely (but, I mean, why not enjoy it? Sure, it'll be difficult and challenging along the way, but they say the journey is the reward, right?).
So plant the seeds now. Start creating better habits now. Start treating loved ones better now. Start improving your health now. Start saving the money now. Start challenging yourself to get out of your comfort zone now. Start building your best work habits now. Start acting on those dreams NOW. Your "later" self will thank you for it.
Happy Friday Crusader!
Shout out to the operations teams on getting over one thousand orders out this week. Job well done!
Happiness comes from our actions. What do you do that make you feel alive and grateful? Those are the things that will foster your happiness in living a satisfying and fulfilling life.
Did you know that mobile sales account for at least 30% of all e-commerce in the US? That number is steadily growing worldwide and will continue to do so. How can it not? It is almost way too easy to go on, say, Amazon, and order something to be at your house by the time you get home. With your information saved it's really only a few clicks away.
Another interesting point about these mobile sales is that many restaurants with online ordering options have reported average tickets to be about 20% higher than normal ones because of the customization options. With the simplicity of use, I would imagine those numbers translating into many other e-commerce markets. We know this world very well here at SlideBelts because the Creative and User Experience teams make ours look good.
With the addition of our Amazon Prime option we have a very busy Operations team. We have to give them some props as they are doing an excellent job streamlining order flow and keeping us on top of our game. SlideBelts grew up in e-commerce and will continue to snowball there if we pay attention to the details. High-five, Ops team. Let's get after it!
"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Sometimes our lives can consist of too many things, causing our brains to not function properly. If you ever feel overwhelmed by responsibilities, which I'm sure you have at some point or another, remember to take things one day at a time. The world doesn't end when you go to bed at night. The sun will rise each and every morning, giving you a new beginning every 24 hours. Don't over work yourself, just do the best you can every day and you will feel more accomplished. That's all anyone can ever ask of you.
Great Job, Kev!!!
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.
In the course of a year here at Slidebelts you will spend somewhere north of 1,800 hours of your time at work which is almost a quarter of the total hours you have in a year. It's human nature to always be looking for the next "thing" that will make you happy. If I only had "that", if I only could do "that" I will be happy...... Take a moment and realize where you are and the potential you have where you are and then CHOOSE to make the decision to be the best at what you are doing now and you may be surprised at the result.
**We interrupt your regularly scheduled post about the Kentucky Wildcats to bring you a message from one of everyone's favorite Crusaders, Emmeline!**
Good morning from 9 hours in the future!
Guess what! I’m back! I am ecstatic to be back at SlideBelts and look forward to working with all of you again, even in a remote situation. I missed you all! Feel free to shoot me an email from time to time.
I just need to warn you all that living in Europe for approximately two months has made me about three times more cultured and two times more knowledgeable about all things. So I’d like to impart a bit of that wisdom to you here.
When you reach a river in life that seems uncrossable, take a grumpy selfie with said river, and then show it who’s boss by just crossing the dang thing. Walk straight through and surprise the sheep that were watching you from the other side, taking bets on whether you’d cross. Sure your toes may go a little numb, but the warmth that comes from the satisfaction of crossing an uncrossable river will definitely counteract that.
Don’t just get your feet wet – jump in. Take that dancing class you’ve been thinking about. Wear the bright purple sweater hanging in your closet. Join the LARP group you’ve seen at the park from time to time. Quit your job and move to Germany. Just do it.
(Except not that last one – that’s my thing.)
Happy Friday Crusaders!
It is Breast Cancer Awareness month. SlideBelts is donating $10 from the sale of every Rose Skinny and Pink Canvas belt throughout the month of October.
Our Sacramento region holds many Breast Cancer Awareness events to raise awareness, celebrate survivorship and to remember the ones we have lost.
This Sunday, October 16, 2016, is the annual Making Strides Breast Cancer walk. I will be joining a friend of mine who can officially say “I AM CANCER FREE!" The statistic is if you do not have any remission within the first five years, chances are you will not after that.
The past walks for her have been so liberating, and emotional to see everyone come together, standing shoulder to shoulder, showing support for one another. The event starts at West Steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento between 10th and 16th and L and N St. The event is rain or shine. Join in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness.
Have a good weekend.
October is an interesting time as a sports fan. It's the only time that the NFL, NHL, MLB, and NBA are all in season. The NBA begins on October 25 of this year and it will definitely be an exciting time in the local Sacramento area. We have a new arena and there is a buzz in the air downtown.
The NBA's roots are from two different professional leagues originally, one of them being the ABA. On October 13th, 1967, the American Basketball Association had it's first game when the Oakland Oaks beat the Anaheim Amigos 134-129.
You may have seen the red, white and blue ball, the short shorts, and the big hair. Did you know, though, that they invented the three point shot? A facet of basketball that still lives strong in the Oakland area, in fact.
There are four teams in the current NBA that have survived the merge and are still around. Kudos card if you can name them to me.
Just a little fun history for your Thursday. Slide On!!!