Welcome to #TheDailyYes. The idea is simple- we are sharing some of the quotes, phrases, and pearls of wisdom that have helped us throughout the years.

A few simple words can completely change the way a person thinks about things. A person’s success, self-worth, and impact on the world can be completely attributed to the way he or she thinks about things.

Jason Mudd, Executive Officer

It’s the same thing your whole life. “Clean up your room! Stand up straight! Pick up your feet! Take it like a man! Don’t mix beer and wine, ever! And oh yeah, don’t drive on the railway track!”

Phil Connors

It’s funny- I think I may have actually coined the phrase ‘If it’s not a profit or a pleasure, cut that sh!t out’. But really- whos life are you living, anyway?

We are a busy bunch of people, aren’t we? Seriously- everyone I talk to seems to go out of their way to tell me just how busy they are. But busy with what?

Please note- I am including myself in this. I am very aware that this is a problem for me.

For much of my adult life I felt like things were on autopilot.

Get up. Go to work. Go out for a drink. Go to bed.

Rinse and repeat.

Now that I think about it- have you ever seen the Bill Murray movie ‘Groundhog Day‘? It felt like that.

And it wasn’t bad, per se, but it wasn’t incredible either. It was good. It was average. And I didn’t know how to live better. Because you don’t know what you don’t know.

But then, maybe by accident, maybe by divine intervention, definitely by serendipity, I was given a taste of what I had been missing. And I didn’t even know I had been missing it.

How much do we do in our lives to please someone else that, in all reality, wouldn’t do the same for us? How often do we put ourselves in bad situations because we feel guilty?

Someone asked me these questions and it seriously made me look at my life, my relationships, my behaviors, and most importantly, my self worth. I began, slowly, to reevaluate how I was giving my time, my most precious asset, to those who asked for it. I began to see how one-sided many of the relationships in my life were. And I decided that I was worth more than one-sided relationships.

This led to an audit of sorts, where I started to weed out things that either didn’t make me money or put a smile on my face. And as I started executing this I began to feel lighter. I was happier. Life got a little bit easier.

It’s not always easy- I’m a people pleaser by nature and I like to make people happy. But I must take care of myself first. If I don’t then what will I have to give? So I keep it in the back of my mind when I’m planning things and looking at my calendar that if something isn’t a profit or a pleasure, it’s time to think about something else.

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I also want to know what simple phrases, quotes, or other pearls of wisdom have positively impacted your life. I’m going to pick a guest contributor one day a week so that we can keep this lively from a perspective sense. Email me at hello@yeslouisville.com. I appreciate your thoughts!

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