Tag: improvement

Are you really great?

“When does one become great?” The obvious answer seems to be when the individual achieves a high level of performance, such as an award or a gold medal. Yet greatness is not achieved when the result is reached, but rather long before that when an individual chooses to do the things that he knows he needs to do. The results are not the attainment of greatness; the results are simply the confirmation of it. You become great long before the results show it. It happens in an instant, the moment you choose to do the things you need to do to be great and each moment that you continue to choose to do those things.

Each and every one of us has the ability to be great. Being great is a discipline to do the things you know you need to do even when-especially when-you don’t feel like it.

These 3 principles…..Accountability, Commitment, and Greatness in the Moment-form the foundation of personal and professional success.

Although I would like to say that I wrote this,  credit goes to Donna Moyer, Managing Broker for the Liz Moore and Associates Newport News office.  Sometimes the universe delivers things to you that you didn’t even know you needed. I needed this email today. Thank you, Donna

What do you want me to do?

What do you want me to do?

                                                            GET TO THE POINT!!!!

It screams through my head every time I open an email more than a paragraph long.  I thought it was because I was from New York and lacked the southern mannerisms deep in my soul. Danny Rubin, author of  Wait, How Do I Write This Email? has relieved my mind and explained why so many people write fluff instead of content.

Rubin contends that our inability to just say what we want in writing is because we paid attention in our high school English classes. Remember the 2000 word requirement? The constant reminders to increase our vocabularies? Well, we did it and now no one wants to read what we write.

The solution? Get rid of any words in your email that doesn’t affect the content. The following are typical culprits:

This, that, these and those 

quite, extremely, absolutely, in order to, and most ing words

Rubin’s book is an easy read and he provides examples of effective writing. My only complaint is that the majority of his material is aimed at the job seeker, but he did disclose his intent at the beginning

Note: I have removed 20% of this blog before I pressed PUBLISH.  Thank you, Mr. Rubin!