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Ride the Roomba

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(Super-hero shark costume optional, but recommended.)

When I hit a wall of seemingly missed opportunity, or find disappointment in another’s promise, I can feel like a pinball boinging from bumper to bumper.  But I think this cool cat riding a Roomba sets a better example for bouncing back. 

I mean, just look at that form!  The cat takes the bumps in stride, neither looking back at what happened, nor bracing for the next wall: simply spins and starts again.

Cushions make it easier to be a cool cat.  Financial reserves, plenty of deals in the pipeline, and cross-trained staff soften the tangible impact of what’s unexpected.

Similarly, you can cushion your spirit for the bumps in every business by remembering to:

  • Schedule your calendar lightly to leave time for surprises. You can’t bounce back when you’re tied up.
  • Know what helps you process your feelings, so they can do their job. Walk away and around.  Deep breathe fresh air.  Knit. Write the letter you don’t send.
  • Know what restores your energy. Yoga. Golf. Riding. Bridge. (Likely it’s any activity that gets your brain out of the office with fierce focus.)
  • Surround yourself with other business owners for empathy, cheering, and the beverage of your choice.

Homework: Craft a bounce-back strategy for yourself, or think about what you are already doing intuitively. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below!

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3 Responses to Ride the Roomba

  1. larryandnell August 13, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    Hey, Dodi! I’m never disappointed when I read your posts! To use a coined phrase….you’re really full of it! And I mean that in the nicest and most respectful way. I don’t know how you do it! Stay in touch!
    Larry

    • Dodie Jacobi August 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      Thanks Larry – I appreciate your following along!

  2. barbaravaranka August 13, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    What a brilliant metaphor! I love it. Also, I plan on purchasing a shark costume for my little B soon…

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