Hard Fun and The Beautiful – Looking Forward Edition

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Where we are free to talk about the hard, the fun, and the beautiful of our work week.

When we gaze off and zone out there are usually thoughts of grandeur. Maybe writing a book, taking your kids to Disneyland or getting a promotion. Whatever it is, these thoughts have a ton of motivation in them. I constantly picture myself standing in front of thousands of people and giving a keynote about work happiness. It’s a subject that many people need to learn about.

You think about the possibilities and now you need to figure out how to make it happen. That means creating a Happy at Work Project to make your dreams come alive.


Planning the future. I see so many possibilities, but also chances of failure. It’s time to take this business to the next level and start offering online classes and products. This fear will drive me to make the services and products awesome, but it’s still scary. I know that there will always be a small group of people who are unhappy with what I produce. It’s the nature of the game. I need to stop worrying and just launch what I already have created. In the next two weeks I will announce a three class teleseminar to help people get a better grasp on their work happiness. That’s my promise to you. I will offer the discount rate to my newsletter subscribers, so if you haven’t signed up yet you better do it soon so you don’t miss out.


I bought my SxSW ticket this past week. My wife could see my excitement, so the $395 price tag didn’t scare her too much. $400 is a lot of money to drop on an event when we are living on 1.5 incomes (Nikki has gone part-time while Gavin (new baby) is learning how to deal with being alive). I have to think in terms of abundance. I know that the conference will pay off. I made too many great contacts last year that have already helped me fast forward my career.


Dreams. I love getting lost in thought, especially when it’s a daydream about optimizing my potential. You know what I’m talking about. That perfect scenario that lights a fire underneath your butt. I envision myself being an expert in work happiness, helping people all over the world. I become so good that CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies hire me to create a work happiness project for them. They are so grateful that they pay my salary and throw in a bonus trip to their vacation getaway for two weeks. My family and I just go chill out in Fiji before my next client needs me.

How about you?

What has been hard, fun, and beautiful in your life? Let us know in the comment section.

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10 thoughts on “Hard Fun and The Beautiful – Looking Forward Edition”

  1. Hi Karl,
    I know about fear. Last week I walked right into it and now I live by a new motto:

    There is no failure when you go for it!

    The hard: Yesterday’s meditation. I started later in the morning and there was some construction going on nearby. The noise was unbearable and I allowed it to frustrate me more.

    The fun: Yesterday I met my “little sister” – I’m part of the Big Sister program again and I’m so excited!

    The Beautiful: I didn’t get a call back from the TV audition I went to last week, but it did light a new creative fire under me and I’m so excited with the realizations that came of the experience! I’m ready for the next audition, and to create what I want on my own.

    have a great weekend….

  2. Karl,

    Yeah for you, your dreams and the conference!

    The hard: Technology…I switched over to Firefox and updated internet explorer this week. For some this may take 5 minutes but not me! I don’t like tech change.

    The fun: My hubby was away all week so I had time to eat, sleep and do nothing when I felt like it.

    The beautiful: Increasing running to 5 miles. Continued with weight training and hubby coming home tomorrow. Oh and our weather in AZ is mild 82 degrees and clear blue skies!

  3. Love the post

    Hard: Getting back into triathlon training after my last race has been a challenge. I took over a week off and lost quite a bit of momentum. Finally took off for a run last night.

    Fun: Creating and launching my recent Twitter guide/addition was a blast. I’m learning to love the process of creating.

    Beautiful: Took my son to the park and then the arcade for a night out with the boys (he’s 7). He kept telling me how much fun he had…best feeling in the world 🙂

  4. Hi Karl

    Congrats and great to hear you are going to this meaningful conference. I am sure it will be a great experience for you. And when it comes to your dreams and putting out new products – definitely go with it. As you said there is always going to be that 1%, but don’t let them stop you, when the other 99% could benefit from your help.

    Hard: (Okay this may sound silly, but it is for me hard to believe)… So I called our one bank this week to change all the services to be paperless and they said they cannot do that. Our other account with another bank seems to have no problem doing this and is. I just found this “hard” to believe given we are living in times where people are becoming more conscious of the environment and going green – why mail paper statements each month when we do banking online anyway and all the paper statements are outdated by the time we get them anyway.

    Fun: Calling around to find for my husband the right “djembe” drum. He is so excited to have one…much like I imagine your excitement to go to this conference.

    Beautiful: Having a beautiful start to this week, with a very productive and highly enjoyable Monday! To many more like that 🙂

  5. Hard: Balancing home and work right now. Or, more accurately, health with work. I have a lot of medical tests next week, ontop of ones I had last week. My employer is being really great about it, but I still feel the tension in myself.

    Fun: A long weekend that is before me. One of the perks of working for government–Columbus Day off!

    Beautiful: A video of my best friend’s husband tickling her little boy. He is too adorable for words.

  6. Karl, I love how “dreams” has been a theme for many this week, me included.

    I always love these blog posts of yours… I look forward to Friday’s b/c of them!

    My own:
    1. Hard — balancing what I think I want, what I have, and seeing what’s a real “need” in my life; adjusting my energy and becoming more flexible to what is. (Most of this is relationship oriented.)
    2. Fun — belly laughs; finishing a room redesign project and being in-love with the results.
    3. Beautiful — unexpectedly tender moments that take my breath away.

  7. Hi Hayden, I feel very lucky.

    Hi Stacey, I think you would make a wonderful big sister.

    Hi Tess, Being away from someone makes you appreciate life in a new way. Hope you made the most of it.

    Hi Nathan, triathlon is very hard. I don’t think I could do 1/3 of one race. Just try to enjoy the pain. 😉

    Hi Evita, I would think every bank could do that. Maybe it’s time to switch.

    Hi Emily, Your health is very important. Make sure to take time for yourself.

    Hi Megan, Understanding what we really want isn’t easy.

  8. Hi Karl,
    Dreams ARE beautiful…the vision of what we desire. And then it’s just going out there and doing it!

    Hard: A week that seemed like there were just too few hours to get where I wanted to. And then, I ended the week by stumbling upon this quote: “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tzu –> and it put everything back into perspective…

    Fun: A day of connections with people from all over – people I have only connected with online – and taking it into phone conversations! Tons of fun! (and part of why the week was hard – but so, so worth it!)

    Beautiful: A new project I’ve teamed up with someone on, to work toward raising money for cancer research. And the beautiful in this shines through so much more that I could have imagined!

  9. Go Karl for lighting the way!
    Hard: LOTS More work than hours in the day.

    Fun: The fact that my work feeds me and kicks ass and I feel alive doing it.

    Beautiful: Apple picking in the autumn colored hills and then pumpkin picking with my kids by the ocean!

    Happy day!

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