The 99 Club

kirkI heard a story about a very wealthy king who lived long ago. Even though his life was filled with luxuries, he was not happy or content. One day the king met a poor man who was very happy and joyous. The king asked, “You appear to be a very poor man… how are you so happy?” The poor man said, “Your majesty, my family and I don’t need much. We have enough food to fill our bellies, a roof over our heads, and each other to keep us happy.”

The king was not satisfied with the man’s answer, so later that day he sought advice from one of his trusted advisors. The advisor said, “It’s obvious that man has not become part of the 99 Club.” The king asked, “What is the 99 Club?” The advisor replied, “To understand it, just place 99 gold coins in a bag and leave it on the man’s doorstep.”

After a long day in the fields, the man saw the bag on his doorstep. He took it inside and let out a great shout of joy when he discovered the bag was filled with gold coins. After counting it several times, he wondered, “What could’ve happened to the last gold coin? Who would leave just 99 coins!” After becoming exhausted looking everywhere for the last coin, he decided to work harder than ever to earn a gold coin to complete his collection. From that day on, the man’s life was changed. He became overworked and grumpy. He was upset with his family for not helping him achieve his goal to earn the one-hundredth gold coin. All he could think about was the coin he longed for.

After witnessing the dramatic transformation, the king’s advisor said, “Your majesty, the man is now part of the 99 Club, which is made of people who have more than enough, but are never content, because they’re always striving for the one extra thing that will make them happy.”

Here’s the way I see it: Charles Spurgeon said it best, “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”

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The Way I See It

kirkI came across an inspirational segment by Ram Dass that I thought you would also enjoy…

“When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree, and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.

The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying, ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.”

Here’s the way I see it: Wayne Dyer once said, “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” When it comes to printing, we’ll help you create materials you’ll look forward to being judged by others. And remember, other printers may be nearby, but nobody comes close.

The Power of Teamwork

kirkSurely you’ve heard of “The Avengers”… a group of superheroes who, despite their differences, work together towards a common purpose. Regardless if you are a comic fan, “The Avengers” offer an important lesson about teamwork and, more importantly, the value of teams.

“The Avengers” teach a valuable lesson that the power of one (team) is better than one person. A successful team becomes a genuinely cohesive unit that functions with a single purpose, giving them the power to accomplish wonders. Becoming a team can be challenging and requires all members to put their egos aside and trust one another. Team members respect and trust one another despite their disagreements, and see the value that each member brings to the table. Every member of a team serves a different purpose, but no one member is more important than another.

Here’s the way I see it: A wise man once said, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Give us a call the next time you need help on an important printing project. We’d love to become an extension of your dream team!

The Snake and the Saw

kirkOne night a curious snake was out looking for food and entered a carpenter’s workshop. The carpenter, who was not very organized, left several tools lying on the floor. One of the tools was a sharp saw. As the snake was snooping around the shop, he climbed over the saw and got a small cut. Assuming that something was attacking him, the snaked turned around and bit the saw so hard that he cut his mouth. This made him angry and he coiled his body around it and attacked again and again and again until the saw was covered in blood and appear to be dead. The snake died from his own wounds.

Here’s the way I see it: Sometimes when we are focused on trying to hurt others, we only wind up hurting ourselves. We’d love the opportunity to work on your next important printing project… with happiness guaranteed!

Memory is Like Salt

kirkA friend told me a story about two men who happen to run into each other at their favorite spot every day – on a bench located near the beach. The one man said to the other, “You look miles away… what are you thinking about?” The other man replied, “Every day, I dream about how I was sitting on this same bench 25 years ago with my wife. She always loved to get up and dance on the beach like no one was watching. Now I come here daily to try to relive the memories.”

The first man replied, “That’s great to enjoy your memories, but don’t forget that memory is like salt. The right amount brings out the flavor in food, and too much ruins it. If you live in the past all the time, you’ll find yourself with no present to remember.”

Here’s the way I see it: Dr. Seuss said it best, “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” And remember, we’re here to help with your important printing so you can focus on the more important things in life.

Do You Play Offense or Defense at Work?

kirkWhether or not you are a football fan, there are many similarities between the workplace and the football field. The biggest similarity is understanding the difference between playing offense and defense.

No matter if you are on the field or in the office, it is often easier to learn defense, meaning you are simply reacting to the actions of others. When we are on defense, we typically don’t need to think as hard or make as many decisions, although defense can also be more exhausting and mentally draining. Many of our workdays are bogged down playing defense – answering phone calls, replying to emails, and attending meetings.

In comparison, playing on offense requires a proactive approach. In the workplace, this means creating goals and setting priorities for items you want to accomplish above and beyond the typical daily tasks. Being proactive requires more thought, planning, and dedication to achieve success, and also results in a greater sense of accomplishment and excitement for the future. So, what do you play most frequently at work – offense or defense?

Here’s the way I see it: A wise man once said it best: a good offense is the best defense. Give us a call if we can help you create print materials that will crush the competition.

The Way I See It

kirkI heard a story about a lady driving to work who followed a car which had a sign in the back window that said, “Learning stick – sorry for the delay!” Knowing this information, she was very patient with the driver’s slow shifting and gave the car plenty of space at red lights and stop signs. After thinking about this, I asked myself a tough question… would I be as patient with someone driving like this without a sign? I can definitely say no.

We don’t know what other people are going through. We don’t wear signs that show our personal struggles, such as “Going through a divorce,” “Lost a child,” “Feeling Depressed,” or “Diagnosed with Cancer.”

If we could read signs of what others are going through, many of us would be nicer. But the truth is, we shouldn’t have to see signs to treat strangers with kindness. We should be kind regardless of whether we know what struggles others are dealing with or not.

Here’s the way I see it: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. And think of us the next time you need help with your printing so that you can focus on more important things in life