Dear Diary: Lessons learned from Rachel Ray


In case you’re wondering why I’ve been silent these last few weeks it is due to me taking a break over the Christmas/New Year period to re-charge and prepare for the coming year.

Not that it was much of a break – I was not able to go away on holiday so the time spent at home with mom was very much the same as during the year (except that I did not need to get up at the crack of dawn and sit in traffic to get to the office). Household chores and taking care of my patient (mom) was what kept me busy all the time. I ended up going back to work more tired than when I started my end-of-year vacation.

Nonetheless, I thought I would start writing by sharing the following with you seeing as it is so difficult to get the creative juices flowing:

Lessons learned from Rachel Ray (food network TV personality) during an interview with Forbes Magazine

• take your work very seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously.
• Work harder than everyone else and never complain about it.
• Don’t go to bed if you’re not proud of the product of your day; stay awake until you are. If you want to stay up and do something productive – drawing, building, reading a book – don’t go to bed. Do what you need to do until you are exhausted. You shouldn’t go to bed if you’re not physically or mentally tired each day, or you would have wasted your day.
• Don’t feel sorry for yourself – there is only one choice in life. Life will be up; life will be down, but when it comes to you, you can laugh at it or you can cry at it, and laughing feels better than crying. Don’t feel sorry for yourself.
• You don’t have to be rich to have a rich life.
• Quality of life matters even if you can’t have balance, and is shouldn’t be determined or predetermined by your social status or pay cheque. Everyone should have accessibility to good food, decent pots and pans and a sense of adventure. Whether or not you happen to become very wealthy in life shouldn’t determine the quality of your life.
• Go to work with more than just good intentions and a giggle. Go to work with very specific goals to help everybody else feel good about anything that they touch; that they will be successful at it. People should feel good about themselves and their everyday life. Help them make life a little easier, a little more fun or a little more adventurous so that it is done with purpose.
• We live in a country of great opportunity and if you work hard and you’re willing to take some risks, you really never know. At the end of the day, we are all human. We all have that in common.
• Goals should never be money, or fame, or a television show. A goal has to be something that’s more about your message as a contributor. What are you offering people with your job/what you do? You have to do what makes you happy and something that involves some larger purpose or message. Work that’s done just to be work is meaningless.
• Go to work with enthusiasm and purpose to do that job better than the day before. That makes your life feel very meaningful.

Having self-worth, no matter what your job is matters, and being able to provide for yourself matters. These are the things that matter; cash doesn’t matter. Success will come and go, but finding that pride at the end of the day that you did your best job, those are the most important things.


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