5 for 5 blog – Mom’s best advice: Be Brave!

11 May

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Good morning everyone.

I was about fifteen or sixteen years old and I had just gotten my first formal job as a clerk at a large grocery store. I had small summer jobs before that, umpiring and working other local jobs. But this was different. I was about 25 minutes from my house and I knew no one. My first night consisted of the compulsory introduction videos in the upstairs break room. At this point I was already thinking about bolting.

My first week on the job entailed endless mopping of aisles, occasionally “facing” the shelves, and being completely useless at answering customer questions. I was miserable and I felt completely alone when one of my parents would drop me off at the store. After a particularly awful night, I announced to my parents that I would not be going back. We argued and let’s just say that no one went to bed in a good mood.

And that is when my mom did something that I will never forget. The next day she left me a small hand written note with a short quote on it that read something like this:

“Courage is putting our fear of failure aside and doing our best anyways.”

That one note completely changed my perspective  in what I was facing and more importantly what I believed that I could do. I didn’t end up staying with that job too much longer, but I picked up another job a little closer to home and stayed there through the remainder of high school.

More importantly, I have never forgotten that note, no matter what the circumstance. I wish I could say that I have never been anxious or afraid again. I have. But I remember that note often and try to live and share it’s inspiringly, simple message: Be Brave! Thanks Mom!

Here’s this week’s 5 for 5:

The First Question to Ask of Any Strategy – by Roger Martin – via Harvard Business Review


SO WHAT: For those that have the position and opportunity to engage in strategy discussions, please at least consider this question. I don’t endorse many books, but “Playing to Win” is outstanding and I would highly recommend to anyone that has to generate “strategies” in their role.

Tags: Strategy


How To Get Smarter – by Eric Barker – via Barking Up the Wrong Tree blog


SO WHAT: Whether you want to conquer a new skill in four hours or four months, a great summary of how to go about learning and build competency.

Tags: Learning, Development


The Shortness of Life: Seneca on Busyness and the Art of Living Wide Rather Than Living Long – by Maria Popova – via Brainpickings


SO WHAT:  “It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested.” – Seneca

Tags: Work-life


An Attitude Of Profound Creativity – Annedien Hoen – via Medium


SO WHAT: A fascinating idea (and completely within your control) to cultivate an attitude of profound creativity.

Tags: Creativity


Conquering Complexity With Simple Rules – by Theodore Kinni – via Standford.edu


SO WHAT: Work to automate complex problems into simple, habit-forming actions.

Tags: Productivity


All the best,


One thought on “5 for 5 blog – Mom’s best advice: Be Brave!

  1. Well Kev, we were always proud of you for trying to make that job work. Over coming fear is a huge lesson to learn and not always easy. Again, we were and always have been very proud of you and all that you have accomplished!

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