JAM with Mike

An Archive of Mike Osorio’s Jammin’ twice-weekly email service

Unique Talents

Tuesday March 31, 2015 #712

“Everyone is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it’s stupid.”

~Albert Einstein

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Each of us has innate skills and talents, as well as activities and interests we are most passionate about.  If we are fortunate, we are able to bring those skills and talents to work and activities that bring us joy.  If not, we may find ourselves trudging through a life in which our talents are not utilized, and our passions are not realized.  Too often, we expect people to be something they aren’t.  Or others expect this of us.  It is important for you to understand your unique strengths and utilize them in a way that brings you satisfaction.  If you are in a position of leadership, it is important to recognize the talents of each of the people in your team, understand what they are passionate about, and strive to match these to tasks and roles that maximize their contributions and engagement.  Don’t stay in roles that require you to be something you are not or do not make use of your unique talents, and do not ask this of others.

April 4, 2015 Posted by | Belief, leadership, Passion, Talent, Understanding | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your Life

Tuesday March 10, 2015 #706

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.”

~Joseph Campbell

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Not always, but often, our true path lies in a direction we had never envisioned.  The moment of recognition may come as a shock as you realize that your purpose, and your path to real joy and ultimately success, requires letting go of what you and others expected of yourself.  It’s the career person who realizes they must become an entrepreneur.  It is the financier who recognizes their true passion is in charitable works.  Or a million other less dramatic choices.  What is your true purpose, your true passion? Is your current life fulfilling your potential?  Alignment to your gifts and passions will create true joy and contentment.

March 15, 2015 Posted by | Passion, purpose, Success | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Passion vs. Desire

Tuesday August 26, 2014 #656

“The heart of human excellence often starts to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.”

~Terry Orlick

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JAMmer JK asks, “About your post below….(JAM #651 Finding Your Purpose) the overall point is spot on.  Just wondering, how do you define ‘passion’ and what makes it different from ‘desire’.”

Good question on passion vs. desire.  First, I think both are linked to the first element:  purpose.  Passion is related to but greater than simple excitement because it is attached to a real and meaningful purpose.  As the passion builds a real desire grows within us and gives us the courage and strength to take the actions necessary to keep our passion alive and achieve our purpose.  I hope you have identified your purpose!

August 31, 2014 Posted by | courage, Passion, Take Action | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding Your Purpose

Thursday August 7, 2014 #651

“There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” ~Napoleon Hill

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Without purpose, there is no passion.  Without passion, there is no desire.  Without desire, there is no action.  Without action, nothing can happen.  Find your purpose and start your journey to success.

August 9, 2014 Posted by | Passion, Success, Take Action | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Rapid Change

Thursday July 17, 2014 #645

“Your success in life isn’t based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers and business.” ~Mark Sanborn

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We all know that today’s world is changing more rapidly than at any other time in history.  Technology provides us with both the conveniences and efficiency we desire, but also creates an “always on” environment giving us little or no “down time”.  The people who will not only survive, but thrive in this fast-paced, always-on world will be those who can and enjoy rapid adaptation and change.  Key to this will be three things:  Spending time on pursuits that align to your values and passions, the desire to learn and adapt continuously, and the ability to do so.  The first two are firmly in your control.  Choose your work and your relationships carefully and this part will come relatively easily.  The last one – the ability to learn and adapt – may come naturally, but may require additional training and experiences.

Do what you love, continuously learn and grow your capacity and ability to change – rapidly!

July 20, 2014 Posted by | change, learning, love, Passion, Success | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

True Belief

Thursday June 26, 2014 #639

“We think we believe what we know, but we only truly believe what we feel.” ~Laurence Gonzales

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Logic and factual knowledge are great sources of strength you can and must use to bring context and understanding to ambiguous situations and problems.  However, the only thing that truly keeps us moving with commitment, drive and passion is our belief in ourselves, in others, and in our vision of the future.  And that belief is not due to logic or factual knowledge.  It is due to how we feel.

As leaders, we must provide our teams with a compelling vision of the future that they can believe in.  That vision must be grounded in fact, but even the seeming impossible can be achieved when people believe in their ability to do something great.

Determine your vision for your team’s success, articulate it with passion repeatedly, support efforts to make progress, and watch the magic happen.  And be sure to pay attention to how you and your team are feeling along the way.

June 28, 2014 Posted by | achievement, Belief, leadership, Passion, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your undiscovered greatness

Tuesday September 17, 2013 #559

 

“Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.”

 

~Golo Mann

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There is no way to know what you are capable of until you attempt what seems improbable.  Around us every day men and women are achieving successes, creating wealth, innovating, making lives better, and providing hope where there was none.  What are you capable of?  Find out.  Dare to follow your passions and put the best you to work doing something of meaning.  Surprise yourself with your undiscovered greatness.

September 28, 2013 Posted by | achievement, innovation, Passion | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The passion for potential

Tuesday May 7, 2013 #521

 

“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential — for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.”

 

~Soren Kierkegaard

 

It is a true gift to be able to see the possible in every person, and situation.  Too often we focus on limitations and obstacles rather than potential solutions and the possibilities of positive outcomes.  This is due to our very human fears and desire to avoid pain.  To battle this, we must focus intentionally on our ability to choose our thoughts and while recognizing our fears, push beyond them with courage – enabling us to see the potential and take action to move towards it.  With this ability, wealth and power will come naturally.  Like anything, this is a skill that grows with practice.  Start now.

June 1, 2013 Posted by | courage, Passion, Possibility | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The truth about procrastination

Tuesday March 19, 2013 #507

 

At the heart of procrastination often lies confusion about what you really want.”

 

~Michael Bungay Stanier

 

Do you find that too many days end without feeling you have accomplished anything of worth?  Do you recognize the level of procrastination that may be infecting your day? 

It is time to reflect on what you are working towards.  What are your most important goals for your personal and professional lives?  Are those goals in alignment with your core values and beliefs?  If so, how are you spending your days?  In activities moving you closer to or further away from these goals?

 

If you recognize procrastination for what it is – your subconscious fighting against activities out of alignment with your passions, you can make the adjustments to realign and focus on what is most important to you.

March 23, 2013 Posted by | Passion | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Small acts of love

Thursday February 14, 2013 #498

 

“Too often, we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

 

~Leo Buscaglia

 

On Valentine’s Day it is a good time to reflect on how we can better demonstrate our love.  Yes, for our spouse or partner, but also for other family members, friends, and others we care about.  Grand displays of affection have their place, and many people appreciate these.  However, the actions that create long term, deeply loving and passionate relationships are the little things that are appreciated by the people we love.

 

While today is a good day to reflect on this, I urge you to actively love through these small acts as often as possible – daily if you can.  If it has not been your habit to do this, start today with a couple small acts of love and commit to building such things into your daily routines.  Soon it will be your habit to actively love and I guarantee it will make all the difference in ensuring fulfilling relationships and will come back to you in kind.  Love now, love every day!

March 1, 2013 Posted by | love, Passion, Take Action | , , , , , , | Leave a comment