Did you know that April 19th is officially observed as “Humorous Day?”
About the Holiday:
“Humorous Day is a day to find the humor in any situation that happens to be thrown our way. A day to remind us to see the bright side and to realize that most things are really not as important as they at first may seem.
We are uncertain about the origin of this holiday. Some have credited to Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor, as he had proclaimed April to be Humor Month back in 1976.”
And aside from that, anyone who has read the Happiness Advantage knows all too well how bringing happiness or humor into the workplace can positively effect your work flow.
In honor of this day, share your favorite joke or funny story with whoever wants to hear it, and see the positive effects first hand.
Imagine your bank account gets credited $86,400 each morning. No balance can be carried over to the next day and you are not allowed to keep any cash balance. Essentially, your bank account reads zero at the end of the day. What would you do? Draw out every dollar each day!
We all have such an account called TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds and writes off as a loss whatever time you have used unwisely. No overdraft is allowed, so you can’t borrow against yourself or use more time than what you have. Hence, each day the account starts fresh and each night it destroys unused time. Failing to use the day’s deposits is your loss and you can’t appeal to get it back.
There is no borrowing time and you cannot take a loan on another's time. It all comes down to "The time you have is the time you have and that is that."
Time management is deciding how you spend the time, same as with money where you decide how you spend the money. There is never the case of us not having enough time to do things, but the case of what we do with time.
The Jordan 1, as you might assume, is Michael Jordan's first ever signature shoe. The shoe was first released in 1985 and was both the catalyst for the greatest legacy in the history of footwear and is credited with changing the sneaker industry forever.
At the time of its release, the shoe landscape consisted of unimaginative white shoes with the occasional black accent. When Mike started wearing his black and red (known as the "bred colorway" in sneaker terms) Jordan 1's, the NBA was so furious about the rookie's brash shoe choice that they began fining him $5,000 for every game he wore the shoes on the court.
Nike saw the opportunity as a better advertisement than one they could've ever come up with on their own. They started paying Michael's fines and created a brilliant ad (see it here) based on what's known now as the "banned" Jordan 1's. While the shoes started selling well among basketball players and NBA fans, the shoes really didn't become mainstream until years later.
When the shoe was re-released (or "retroed" in sneaker terminology) in 1994, there was little excitement. After all, MJ was already on his 9th signature shoe and technology had developed exponentially over that period. The sneakers sat on shelves and eventually hit the sale rack - many pairs reportedly going for as low as $19...
...Until the skateboarders and streetwear culture makers discovered a cheap shoe that was durable enough to withstand a beating on the skateboard or the streets and still look good. Once it was adopted by the streets, the shoe blew up in popularity and went mainstream. Those $19 shoes now go for thousands of dollars on eBay and Jordan brand continues to make a killing on re-releases of the shoes. The "Royal" colorway just retroed last Saturday and sold out everywhere within minutes.
Here at SlideBelts, one of the quickest ways to never getting invited back for another interview is being too cocky. This can come across in many different ways through different people, (you have the guy who’s draped over the couch a little too loosely and forgets to use appropriate language/ the person who constantly belittles their previous employer/ the person who comes straight out of the gate with multiple observations on how they could improve the business from the inside out.)
The bottom line is, we tend to hire humble people.
We will continue to do this, but to be honest it comes with some challenges of its own. Naturally humble people tend to be overly critical of themselves, not speak up about their personal accomplishments, and can constantly second guess their decisions.
So how do you walk the fine line between confidence and cockiness? Glad you asked.
I’ve noticed that it’s all about attitudes in interviews. Observe two statements that tell me the same information, with two very different tones:
- “My last employer never took my suggestions. We never saw eye to eye. I was happy to leave; I need something different."
- “I’m looking for a place where I can make an impact..A place where inclusion thrives and every voice is heard. I haven’t felt that in the past, but I know I can make a difference if given the chance.”
So how do you apply this to your job today? Give yourself a dose of the confidence you deserve by not being afraid to share your accomplishments(with the right attitude)
- “This project took me all day. Look how awesome of a job I did on it” Sounds a lot different than..
- “I’m really excited about the progress I’ve been making and skills I’ve been learning from this project”
Now I have come to terms with my name in a variety of situations. I am older now and the confusion and anger I felt around my name has subsided.
I am midway through college and I begin my search for a "real" job. I get my resume together and begin to send it out. My name splashed across the top "NERY SOLANO"; eagerly waiting, I received very little in response. (You may be thinking I was just under-qualified. This was my initial response, too).
I went to one of the interviews that I had landed and was met with, "Wow, you look nothing like I expected."
Which reminded me of the uniqueness of my name, at least around here.
I decided to give the same jobs I had not received a call from a second shot, but with the name SAM. The emails began to come in. Although I was happy, that confusion crept back into my mind as I had to grapple with my name even as I began transitioning into adulthood.
To be continued.....
(P.S. this was way before I applied here and this does not reflect on the hiring practices of SlideBelts.)
Being the American in a German classroom means that I automatically have extensive knowledge about all things America, like New York City, band camp, Miami, iced tea in the South, and a thousand other things that I have absolutely no experience with. I even get a lot of questions regarding British English thrown my way. Because, you know, I’m an expert on that, too.
The question that every class asks me is What are the differences between Germany and the US? The first time this question was directed at me, I panicked. I had never really thought about this. The people speak different languages? They have different histories? It’s hard to find German food in California? Germany has better everyday bread? While all of those are true, I didn’t feel like they cut it. What’s different? What’s different? And then three things came to me. Here is the resulting dialogue:
In the U.S., when you’re walking down the street and pass a stranger walking in the opposite direction, it is normal to make eye contact and give them a small smile or nod. Just a sort of I acknowledge that you are there and you are real and you are a person smile. This is so normal for me, and I do it without thinking. So what do you think the response was when I smiled at people on the street here in Germany?
[They laugh at me.] "People thought you were crazy!"
Yep, I received some very bewildered looks. People thinking, "Do I know her? What does she want from me? This is uncomfortable." And a noticeable quickening of their pace.
"Man, if anyone ever did that to me on the street, I’d think exactly the same thing."
Here’s another difference - in the U.S., if you ask someone how they’re doing, the expected answer is "good". Anything else would be shocking. I’m not actually looking for your life story when I ask, "How’s it going?" In the U.S., this is just a greeting and has a fairly limited range of acceptable answers. Whereas in Germany, the question "Wie geht’s dir?" is actually asking how you are really doing. "Not so great," or "that last lesson was so stressful" are acceptable answers.
Yea, that’s super weird. Silly, superficially nice Americans.
And for my last, and favorite difference between the two countries…[I stroll over to the window, open it, and thrust my hand outside.] You. Can’t. Do. This. In. The. U.S.
[The kids looked at me quizzically.] "You can’t open windows?"
No, no. In the U.S. there are screens over the windows, so even if I opened the window in the classroom, I wouldn’t be able to put my hand outside.
Side note: This is also one of my answers to, "What is your favorite thing about Germany?" Windows.