By Stacy Zemon, Publisher & Chief Scribe
Whenever I need some quick relief from my “flying monkey mental chatter,” I can usually always find a quote to calm me down and get me thinking straight once again.
I especially love it when the best advice comes from the oddest or most unusual places.
What comes to mind when you think of Dr. Seuss? Your favorite childhood book? A rhyme about green eggs and ham? Probably not advice for big people or DJs, right?
Well, maybe not. Check out some of the good doctor’s quotes and see how seamlessly they fit into your life as a mobile entertainment business owner.
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
I have an amazing talent of over thinking and over analyzing everything, so this one always hits close to home.
Who hasn’t thought about a problem and asked all the tough questions, only to realize that the answer is sometimes the easiest and the one right in front you the whole time? This proves once again — don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill. Take a deep breath, go for a walk, clear your head, and do whatever you think is best.
The right answer will always make itself known on its own schedule, not ours.
Don’t give up! I believe in you all. A person’s a person, no matter how small! And you very small persons will not have to die if you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!”
Okay, I will admit that seeing the word “die” instantly makes this quote a bit morbid sounding, but the message of it far outweighs that.
Don’t throw your hands up when things get tough or when you think that your single-op can’t compete with the “big boys” in your market.
Try something new or do something better, and you will be seen and heard!
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
There are several really good DJ business books and DVDs on the market, and lots of educational seminars to attend at trade shows.
So don’t stop learning, seek out new knowledge regularly, implement what you learn, and watch your investment pay off in increased profits!
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
Feel free to read that one over again, it’s a bit of a tongue twister. Good now? Okay.
For all those who keep things bottled up, don’t do it! Speak your mind! The people around you who genuinely care about you want to hear what you’re thinking or worrying about.
Forget those who don’t, they aren’t worth your time or energy anyway.
Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.”
I know all too well that first thing in the morning is always when your bed feels the most comfortable. You’ve found the most amazing position ever known to man, and your pillow is just right; not too firm, not too squishy.
Keep in mind, however, that project waiting for you at the office isn’t going to get done with drool still on your face. Go tackle it and get it done!
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
This may be the original meaning of “thinking outside the box.” Try approaching challenges with a different way of thinking: write out a pros and cons list, make an outline of how you want to solve them, or do jumping jacks to get your blood flowing.
Just mix it up and try something!
You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”
Embrace the fact that life sucks sometimes and it isn’t always filled with rainbows and puppy dogs. Open up your eyes to new experiences and new opportunities and you’ll find yourself growing into the person you’ve always wanted to be!
Everything stinks till it’s finished.”
Get it done, then go back and revise it. Lather, rinse, repeat. Go to bed. Look at it again with fresh eyes the next day. Just power through and get it finished and done.
If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”
Don’t fret or worry. Everything happens when it’s supposed to. So, use a Jedi mind trick and simultaneously be proactive while sitting back and enjoying the ride.
Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regrets. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
This is probably the hardest one to practice, though. Sure, anyone can say I’m going to “play with abandon” and “live as if this is all there is”, but actually doing it is a completely different ball game.
It’ll take years to master it and quiet those inner voices that remind you of all the mistakes you made and keep you from taking risks, but eventually you can silence them.
Every day is another opportunity to truly do what you love and put those regrets behind you.
Remember, Dr. Seuss believes in you, and so do I. YOU CAN DO IT!!!