Busy Beavers Build Piles Of Sticks

Written by Steve Gillman

Well, you're just a busy beaver, aren't you?" You've either heard or used this cliche, but what do you know about beavers? Let me tell you about something I learned.

One night onrepparttar Discovery Channel, I watched a scientist determine how beavers knew where to putrepparttar 140199 sticks to build their dams. It's byrepparttar 140200 sound of water, he discovered. A recording of running water would soon haverepparttar 140201 beavers busy coveringrepparttar 140202 tape player with sticks. He could get them to build useless piles of sticks anywhere he wanted.

What a great metaphor! Aren't we often building useless piles of sticks? We keep busy, responding to whatever drives us, but without doing anything truly productive. My personal favorite is making redundant to-do lists, or adding something already done to my list, just to check it off. Talk about a useless pile of sticks!

Efficiency Versus Effectiveness

It's worth noting thatrepparttar 140203 beavers were very efficient at piling sticks on tape recorders. It didn't helprepparttar 140204 dam construction one bit, of course. Efficiency clearly doesn't equal effectiveness, but is it so obvious in our own lives?

Do you have the skills to be a secret service agent?

Written by graham and julie

Do you haverepparttar skills to be a secret service agent?

Do you haverepparttar 140198 necessary attributes to be a successful secret services agent? Do you melt intorepparttar 140199 background where no one can see you? Do you hide behind someone else? Would you describe yourself as having an incognito life? Are you capable of always putting yourself second? Do you constantly defer to another person? Do people see right through you and ignore you?

Then you haverepparttar 140200 skills.

You see, as John Reilly, states inrepparttar 140201 song he wrote forrepparttar 140202 musical Chicago; you are no more than Mr. Cellophane man.

Mister cellophane Should have been my name !!!! Mister cellophane 'cause you can look right through me Walk right by me And never know I'm there!

The question is:

Are theserepparttar 140203 skills you need to have an effective life? Are theserepparttar 140204 skills that bring you fulfillment and happiness? Are theserepparttar 140205 skills that show off your uniqueness and enable you to fulfill your role on this planet?

In our experiencerepparttar 140206 answer is, no.

So how do you avoid being Mr. Cellophane man?


Start by changing your focus of yourself. Rather than look at what is wrong with you and what needs changing. Sit quietly with yourself for a moment and look at your qualities.

Ask yourself:

•What are my strengths?

If you are not sure, or cannot put your finger on your strengths

1.Take a LARGE sheet of paper and write down allrepparttar 140207 things you like about yourself. Go on write it anywhere onrepparttar 140208 paper. Make it as large or as small as you like. It doesn’t have to be a list. 2.Ask a friend or friends what they like about you. What do they see as your strengths and add it torepparttar 140209 paper. Be prepared for a shock because how others see you may not be how you see yourself. Remember don’t edit. Add everything they say. 3.Readrepparttar 140210 list before you go to sleep and add anything new that comes to you inrepparttar 140211 morning.

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