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What do you do? Seriously. I'm not fooling around here. What do you do?
I bet a bunch of you answered that question with a job title. Another bunch made a wisecrack remark (I used to call myself "Lord of Janitors"). Another group made a quick mental list in their heads.
Recently I've become very fond of the quote, often erroneously attributed to Aristotle,
but actually from Will Durant in a book about philosophy ─ "We are what we repeatedly
do." I have believed for most of my adult life that our actions, not our words, are
what define us. But in this information-
They are negative about politics. They are negative about culture. They are negative
about their neighbors, their family, their friends, their coworkers, their employers,
etc. ad nauseam. This year for Lent I gave up criticism. For 40 days and 40 nights
I struggled against my snarky nature to resist the urge to find fault. My wife was
thrilled. So were my kids. Here's the big thing though -
Criticism is easy. Sometimes it's even fun. Often, it's necessary (one wouldn't want
the engineers maintaining the airliner taking them on a cross-
For 40 days I didn't do any of that. It was a struggle, and I failed at it several
times. But it altered my relationships with several people and reinvigorated my involvement
in my work, the organizations I volunteer with and the ways I choose to spend my
free time. I'm not saying I'm suddenly a die-
We are, again, what we repeatedly do. So think about how you spend your time. What things do you do over and over again? Those are the things that define you. That is who you are. If you make this examination, and don't like your conclusion, you can change it. Do different stuff.
Many people believe it takes 21 days for most people to turn something into a habit. You can become someone else in less than a month.
Joseph Selby is a Corporate Property Manager for Wells Fargo Bank, managing a portfolio of 64 retail and administrative buildings.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he was the Facilities Services Supervisor for Novartis
Vaccines & Diagnostics (formerly Chiron Corporation,) At Novartis/Chiron Joseph
was responsible for managing a staff that was responsible for providing on-
With over 18 years of experience in facilities management, he has worked in industries as diverse as corporate legal services, online media, trade show production and traditional publishing.
Chapter Affiliation: East Bay (San Francisco East Bay))
Joseph Selby, CFM
Property Manager | Wells Fargo Bank
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