Finding Happiness Isn’t the Answer, Finding Meaning Is

Finding Happiness Isn’t the Answer, Finding Meaning Is
You may think that you “just want to be happy.” But, it turns out, that’s not enough.

It is not surprising that you would think you would just want to be happy because “happiness is like the holy grail” according to Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at UC Riverside and author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want. “People around the world want it. If you ask people what they want for their children, they’ll say for them to be happy. It’s in our Declaration of Independence. It matters to and affects everyone.”

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“Fight On!” USC Trojan Marching Band Director Shows You How

“Fight On!” USC Trojan Marching Band Director Shows You How“When you are passionate about something you do, why put an end to it?” ~ Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, USC Trojan Marching Band Director

“I know that voice!” No surprise there, the raspy roar that Dr. Arthur C. Bartner croaks out over his rock-n-roll sound system is definitely like no other. “Fight On!” USC Trojan Marching Band Director Shows You How”I’m probably more of a nuisance than the band to this campus because I get excited.’ Does he ever! You really will be laughing-out-loud when you watch this short video of Bartner and see first-hand the energy with which he charges across the field shouting, “Get ‘em excited! Get ‘em excited! GET ‘EM EXCITED!!”

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A Remembrance on 9/10/11– Gaden Jangtse Buddhist are Emissaries of Peace

A Remembrance on 9/10/11– Gaden Jangtse Buddhist are Emissaries of Peace“Don’t get too attached, even to the most beautiful things.” ~ Rinpoche

My mind keeps drifting to the events of 10 years ago. On 9/10/01, we had no idea what was to come in just a few hours; that the world as we know it would be literally turned upside down. Those structures, they were the very epitome of substance. They were built to be solid and were here to stay. We were shook to our foundations when they came down to theirs.

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Featured Wild Web Woman: Dr. Lynn K. Jones, The Mojo Maven

Today, we have the pleasure of introducing an amazing Wild Web Woman, Dr. Lynn K. Jones! Lynn is an incredible woman that has spent her life helping others. Lynn realized early on that she had a knack for helping others out, which lead her into social work. From there, she took on management positions for nonprofits, teaching positions, and eventually came full circle and became a personal coach. Lynn has plenty of real life experience to fall back on when helping out her clients. Combine that with her great insight and level head and you get an amazing coach who has been there, done that and wants to help you do it, too. We got the chance to pick Lynn’s brain, and boy was it a fun brain to pick!

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People Experts Who Can’t Deal With People

Linus explained, “I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand.” He might have been speaking for many non-profit executives. According to a study of some 3,000 nonprofits reported in the New York Times, most nonprofit executives rank human resources the most challenging and least satisfying part of their jobs. These executives are experts in the problems of people, but they find dealing with the people in their own organizations “depleting.”

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Executive Transitions and Succession Planning…Oh, My!

One board member of one of the larger nonprofits said that his organization had had 3 executive transitions in the last 10 years and expected more in the next couple. A foundation board member who was part of the discussion pointed out that when they see this kind of transition in a nonprofit that his foundation doesn’t want to fund that organization. In addition, they directly ask if the nonprofit has a succession plan. And if they don’t? That is a thumbs down for giving them a grant. So, in addition to being bad board oversight and negligent management, not having an executive transition and succession plan may be costing the nonprofit important funding dollars.

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Why You SHOULD Take a Vacation

Are you taking a vacation this summer? No, I just have too much going on at work; I can’t afford it right now: I wish I was, but I just can’t swing it. Those are comments that I hear a lot from my clients. The perils of NOT taking a vacation have been well documented. Dealing with stress and burnout top the list. If I told you that I had a way for you to jumpstart your business, that you would discover ways to break the grind that you are in, and that you will come up with new creative business solutions, would you be interested? If you are like my clients, you would be willing to listen at least. And you probably have already figured out that taking a vacation is the secret.

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The Importance of Management

Better management contributes to improved fundraising and more dollars being raised, which is my area of expertise. I see many executive directors who are so bogged down in the basic tasks of running their nonprofit organizations that they don’t have time to fundraise. For example, one director was always fixing the computers in his organization. If he had delegated this task to someone else, and provided training for them, it would have freed up his time to visit donors who could give $1,000 or more. Just the first hour he spent in soliciting a gift would have paid for the training for someone else to fix the computers. Another example is the director who trains his volunteers in delivering groceries to low-income families.

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Do You Feel Like You Are On a Roller Coaster?

The process of Appreciative Inquiry teaches us that “what we focus on grows”– the Poetic Principle. We have mindsets that influence how we experience our lives and impacts what we see. We are probably evolutionarily wired to see the negatives and to be hyper vigilant about any potential danger. The primitive men who survived were alert to the dangers of the lurking saber tooth tiger and they passed that skill down to us.

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Our Founding Fathers Were Everyday Leaders

It’s the fourth of July weekend and I am thinking about the leaders that led to us celebrating this holiday 235 years later. When we think about those men and women we think of them as great leaders…Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Abigail Adams…and they were. But they were also ordinary people. They worked hard as farmers, they were business entrepreneurs and they leveraged their individual creativity. They had family problems, got enmeshed in small town politics and had their “buttons pushed,” just like the rest of us.

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