Watermelon Seeds and Career Satisfaction

Retake control of your happiness by dealing with external forces that impact your most important decisions

Watermelon seeds have taken a bit of abuse over the past decades. Have your dreams, aspirations and career goals suffered the same fate? In my 2016 TEDx Talk, I explained how the two are connected and what to do about it.

One of my fondest childhood memories is of eating unending slices of watermelon, in the backyard on lazy summer nights. My family had picnic dinners almost every evening. My brother and I would reach for the watermelon as soon as we could and were always warned, jokingly I think, not to eat the seeds — or a watermelon might grow in our stomachs. We did everything we could to get rid of the seeds, either spitting them out all over the place, or tightly gripping them between our fingers and catapulting them into the night sky.

Year after year, we would play this watermelon game and at some point, it occurred to me to wonder why our backyard wasn’t overflowing with growing watermelons. Not even one took root in all those years. I couldn’t figure it out. Where were all the watermelons?

Years later, those playfully-abused watermelon seeds made me think about kids growing up today, and the pressures they’re under…       Read the rest here.

Are you a CEO or a CeO?

In my work with business leaders, one of the first questions I ask them is: What kind of CEO are you – a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or a Chief everything Officer (CeO)?

Business owners who thrive act like CEOs by focusing on the direction, strategy, structure, systems, people, and goals of the business. They view the business as an entity that is separate from themselves and an asset that needs to be managed for growth and for value.

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Starting a new business and growing a business are two completely different experiences. In the start-up mode, you will likely do a lot of the work yourself. This makes sense; you are too small to have a team of employees to do the daily work for you. However, as your business succeeds and grows, you will have to adopt a mindset that allows you to leverage employees and external resources so that you focus on running the business and not running around doing tasks that are not worth the time and effort of the CEO.

Here’s a few steps to get you started done the path of becoming the CEO of your business: