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Gaining perspective

January 13, 2011



I recently watched a TED talk given by Neil Pasricha in which he talks about the Three A’s of Awesome: Attitude, Awareness and Authenticity. Basically the Three A’s are an approach to life that help you keep things in perspective. Pasricha started a blog, 1000 Awesome Things, a few years ago when his life was in turmoil to remind himself of the everyday things that make life great. He blogged about stuff we often take for granted, such as the first meal you eat after a cold or that last, crumby triangle in a bag of potato chips. His blog went on to win a Webby Award and was turned into a book entitled The Book of Awesome.

 Pasricha made me think about how there really are little things to be thankful for, so I came up with my own list for the workplace:

  1. Getting a hand-written thank you note
  2. Walking into the office with coffee already made
  3. Snow days
  4. Hearing from an old colleague
  5. Finding a parking spot close to the entrance (Bonus: you’re running late for work.)
  6. Seeing your first business card
  7. Seeing your first business card after a promotion
  8. That creative spark that hits you when you least expect it
  9. The feeling in the office the last day before a holiday weekend
  10. Finding a pen that writes just the way you like it
  11. Hitting every green light on the way to work
  12. Those days when there’s no traffic
  13. Discovering a new restaurant with your co-workers
Can you think of other awesome things around the office?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Valerie Hanneken permalink
    January 14, 2011 10:18 am


    I like this post! I agree, that you really do just have to start looking for the little things, and then you realize how many of them there are! Your list is very similar to mine, but I would also add these:

    1. Working hard on a project and having a client send you an email with how happy they are
    2. Having people respond to your blog posts and tweets….really just knowing someone is reading them. =)
    3. The rare quiet moments in the office where all you can hear is people typing away, and then the exciting times where everyone is gathered in the hallway to hear a good story

    • January 14, 2011 10:45 am

      Thanks Valerie! Love your additions! I just thought of a new one too:

      *Photo shoots in the office for the new website…especially when other people in the building look at you like you’re crazy!

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