A little bit different

Construction on our route to work, a spilled coffee cup, hour changes at the local restaurant these are all things that can throw off our daily routines.



  1. a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.”I settled down into a routine of work and sleep”

Many of us have settled into routines it is simply a way of life. Routines can be good they can help us get things done in a cumulative way but what happens when our routines are disrupted?

Most of react poorly with disruptions to our routines and that might not be so great. Sometimes the best thing for us is a disruption from our routine. Robert Nardelli was next in line to be the CEO of all of GE when he was passed over. His routine was just beginning to be changed. Nardelli, who was then in charge of GE Power Systems, got a call from Ken Langone, a GE board member who is also an influential director at Home Depot. “You probably could not feel worse right now,” the raspy-voiced Langone boomed, “but you’ve just been hit in the ass with a golden horseshoe. And I’ve got the horseshoe.” Within a week, Home Depot’s board pushed out co-founder Arthur Blank and installed Nardelli as CEO. Robert has gone on to be CEO of Coca cola, and Chrysler.

Nardelli learned to deal with routine disruption and allow the disruptions to unlock creativity and discovery. Whatever is disruptive now I know you can handle it and I think with the right attitude it could be a golden horseshoe.

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You have to create your own luck. You have to be aware of the opportunities around you and take advantage of them.

Bruce Lee

Drink me

This morning I woke up a little later than usual and had to change my morning routine. I am not huge fan of changing my routine however it was needed to accommodate a guest that Ben and I were interviewing for our podcast. This guest lives on the West coast of the United states and we needed to interview a little later than usual. Our guest has some amazing stories and the podcast episode will truly be a treat.

This week Ben and I have interviewed at least two guests and both mentioned how important it was to go with the flow, and let the universe be your guide. Immediately I thought about Bruce Lee.

Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water, my friend

Bruce Lee
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The Bruce Lee quote comes to us curtesy of the TV series Long Street. Bruce Lee’s character is a teaching a new student about martial arts and life when he tells him to be like water.

It is important to be flexible in body and spirit. Plans never go exactly the way we want them to. Life often gets in the way of our schedule. Did you know that all water on earth makes it way to the ocean? The Ocean along with that pond in the backyard or the mud puddle you stepped in the other day are part of the water cycle. The water cycle is why it is important to avoid polluting any water and a good example of a flexible system. Water takes different routes to and from the Ocean and clouds but it all goes through the clouds and oceans.

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You may feel like life is getting in the way of your plans and running your routines however if you are not like water you will not be able to enjoy your journey. See you will always encounter something that is not part of the plan how you react to it is what matters for you, your family, and friends. If you “go with the flow”, make adjustments and carry on chances are high that you, your family, and friends will love being near you. If you complain, and argue, and fight, well, would you enjoy your own company?