This weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to Seattle and I never thought I’d come back with so much knowledge. One, if I ever leave Chicago (not likely, at least not anytime soon), I’m TOTALLY moving to Seattle. I could (and would) eat seafood every day and its all SO FREAKING FRESH there. And it’s a whole lot of alternative/indie which makes me feel, well, normal. And pretty. So there’s that.
All I wanted to do (besides work, obviously) was get down to Pike Place Fish and catch a fish. I didn’t get to it till Saturday and when I got there I was like a kid in the candy store, er, fish market. I met a bunch of the guys and when they asked me why I was there I said “I want your book. And I want to catch a fish. Please.” So they sent me around the back of the counter to practice.
After being thoroughly trained on how to catch the fish from five-ish feet away, the guys threw the fish back out into the crowd, some 25-feet away and then chanted something and then threw it from out in the market up to me behind the counter. AND I FREAKING CAUGHT IT. See me here, examining my prize:
What’s better than the memory of catching the fish is the high I got from being in that atmosphere. In my last two jobs, the Fish Market corporate training video and philosophy has been instilled in the employees. What does that mean? Well, I don’t really remember the specifics but the guys there make up a well-oiled machine. It’s fabulous to watch.
The biggest takeaway that I’ve gathered from the book so far is this concept of being, doing and having.
Being –> Doing –> Having: Your core beliefs and underlying assumptions (being) will determine your actions and behaviors (doing), which results in outcomes (having). -”Catch! A Fishmongers Guide to Greatness by Cyndi Crother and the crew of World Famous Pike Place Fish.
What does this mean to me? I think with this whole Unfiltered thing I’ve got going on here, that I’m much closer to fully understanding what it means to be a Human Being instead of a Human Doer. What you do is a result of who you are being. Nothing in life happens TO YOU, life happens and you choose how to react to it. The “catch” is that ordinary happens and greatness is created (all of that is from Chapter 2 of the book – I can’t take credit for all that genius).
So when I take all of that into consideration – what I’ve been writing about is right in line with that philosophy. I could sit around and wait for things to happen, or I could make them happen. Just yesterday I was saying how I was waiting for today to be awesome. Then I remembered the fishmongers and said I was tired of waiting for today to be awesome, and that it was time for me to make it awesome.
So the laundry machines were full. I need to go get groceries because everything in my fridge is molding. I’ve been sitting in this chair for three hours haphazardly watching the news, catching up on emails and trying to make a mark on this world, somehow. By the looks of things, not all that awesome. But I chose to tackle today with a smile, instead of letting the little things bring me down. And I think that’s what the fish guys are trying to get at.
So what’s your take on all this? Do you react or do you make things happen? What do you think about the idea of Human Being vs. Human Doer?
I told you this would happen. As I get more in tune with what I want the site to look like, I search and search and search for something that fits. And here we are. Don’t worry, it’s still me back here, I’m just giving sydneyowen.com a facelift.
I’m testing this theme – what do you think? Too busy? Did you like the old one better? Do all the links work?
Let me know. I mean it.
::edit on 4.06 – I switched back. Here is the theme I was using…::
Chipotle Mexican Grill has partnered with Student Government to offer the first 500 voters at the Marshall Center a Free Burrito on Tuesday, March 10th. Polls open at 9 am.
Yes, elections were held last week. This week there is a runoff. So you still have a chance to participate in the voting process.
More information about the event can be found on here.
We all know I’m pumped to graduate and get out in the work-force, hopefully as a paid employee doing what I love. We all know that I am doing a ridiculous amount of work to get myself to where I need to be after I walk across that stage.
I’m terrified. I said it. I am absolutely terrified that I’m not doing enough. Though the money is great, and I’m glad I have a job – I don’t want to be a bartender forever. This whole time I thought people who said they weren’t getting jobs because of the economy were full of it. I don’t want to be a statistic in that regard. I want to be one of the people that gets job offers despite the horrible economic status and budget cuts.
How do I do this? I guess just keep trying. I’m pumping out resumes and cover letters like it’s going out of style. I’m networking my face off. I’m keeping up with my favorite bloggers, getting more involved in the conversations, and being the best intern I can possibly be.
I’m looking forward to SXSW so I can get to know some of these people face-to-face. If you’re going and want to meet up for drinks or lunch or both, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’ll be in Austin from the 13th to the 18th and would love to sit down and chat.
So, to all of the PR pros out there: if you’re hiring – what are you looking for? If you aren’t hiring, what would it take for you to bring someone on board (besides the money to do so)?