Today on The Porch, we look at the wisdom of Jerry Seinfeld (yes, that’s the one!). Despite his reputation as a funny man, some of his statements have applicability to those of us in the corporate world. See what he has to say to you today:
- “When someone does a small task beautifully, their whole environment is affected by it.” – I think we often think that unless we do something really big, no one will notice or that nothing has been impacted. I think this quote says, especially for those of us in the compliance world, that even small tasks, when done well, are important and contribute to our overall success. During FDA inspections, the things that often cause the most angst are the small things, not necessarily the big ones. Don’t underestimate those small successes!
- “Pay attention, don’t let life go by you. Fall in love with the back of your cereal box.” – To me, this quote says that we need to pay attention to what is occurring around us. Some might say we need to “stop and smell the roses.” We often move through the day so fast that we forget to savor those good nuggets that come our way. And, this includes the people we work with. Every day, somewhere, individuals lose a loved co-worker that they will never see again. Take the time to ‘pay attention.’
- “If you get something right, you really feel it, right in your chest, on stage. I think it’s an incomparable experience.” – We are simply too quick to move from one problem to the next without taking the time to say, “YES” when we accomplish something good. We know it when it happens, so take a moment to smile and give yourself a pat on the back on those occasions.
- “You want to do good things, and once you’ve done a couple of good things in a row, you think ‘Well gee, let’s not mess this up.’ But I am lucky at this point that I have something I really love to do, and it completely holds my attention. I never feel frustrated by it.” – I could have said this. When you really love what you do, you really do perform better and individuals around you enjoy it more. If you can’t say that you love what you do, you need to think about making adjustments in your attitude, life, or direction.
Yes, Seinfeld is a very funny man, but what he says, at least in the quotes above, really can make a difference in our lives and how we serve each other.
Do something fun today! And, let’s love doing what we do.