WHAT ARE YOU BEING PAID FOR?

by Rebecca Cooper


"I gotta tell you, I'm not comfortable with a woman doing this job." I could feel my face flush from anger, as he tried to justify his beliefs. "What if there's a strike at Rockwell and we have to pull tools?"...

“I understand that if I’m going toe-to-toe with a man and I only come up to his chin, I might be at a disadvantage, but you pay me to think and I can do that as well as anyone on your staff.”  

From Clever Girl by Rebecca B Cooper [click here for link]


Find the Fun

by Rebecca Cooper


As we're resting on the edge of another big calendar turn, a lot of people are telling me how to set goals and let go of the past year. I prefer to just look at what was fun. The "un-fun" times have a tendency to loom large, and weigh 100 times more than the good things, but the laughter points the way to what is really important. Smiles open up your intuition and your heart.  So maybe you want to look back and ask a couple of questions.

Did it feel good or exciting? Mark it down.

Did you find yourself smiling or laughing? Notice it. I don't care if it was a corny TV show or a glance from a stranger. You responded to it, so take note.

Awareness of what really makes us happy in the moment, not five years from now is the path of least resistance.

And if you have enough life experience to know that momentary pleasures do not always lead to joy, you won't get the two confused. (Cookies, I'm talking to you.)

Winning looks like the most fun, but actually the people having the most fun are the ones winning. 

Find the fun.


LANGUAGE OF LOVE

by Rebecca Cooper


 Many cities galvanize around tragedy, shoots and bombings. But I am delighted that Seattle has come together around a game. People have formed a Tribe of 12s and it doesn’t matter your religion, race or gate.

It is so much fun to watch people bring their best as a gift to the world. I became interested in the Seahawks so that I’d have a common interest with my adult son. It turned out to be a language of love – for the whole city.

What would happen if you gave your attention to something that you enjoy? How might that bring your gifts to the world?


HOW TO UNLOCK YOUR GENIUS

by Rebecca Cooper


1. Don't try to fit in.

2. Don't give up. (Fall down 7 times, stand up 8 times.)

3. Get a good mirror. (Spend time with people who reflect your genius back to you.)

Chances are you’re looking to make a change, or contribute to the world in some new way. I’ve found the most fertile area for creation and self-expression is in the area of career – your livelihood. Whether it is a for-profit or philanthropic enterprise, the world is waiting for you.  It doesn’t matter if you are being called from inspiration or desperation, the time to begin moving is now.

Start talking to your friends about your ideas. Hire a coach who can help you focus and support you in taking action. Don't let the past deter you. Every day is a fresh start. The world is waiting.