Let The Coffee Stir The Cream

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My Uncle Johnny always put cream and sugar in his cup before pouring his coffee. He let the coffee do the work; he worked smart—not hard. He owned over 50 big-name pizza restaurants (he was my favorite uncle…). He let this theory trickle over into everything he did. Uncle Johnny let the coffee stir the cream because he stopped to think about the result before the process.

Why did I start with this story? Simple – to get you to think how to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter involves thought process before action. Working smarter means rewards are sweeter when you consider smart time invested.

Remember this, though: working smarter instead of harder does not necessarily mean that you have great luck. In fact, Thomas Jefferson is credited with the quote, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” I know this sounds contradictory of working smarter, not harder, but it’s really not.

When you work smarter, you are working hard. You’re working hard at being the smartest at what you’re doing.

For this week, think about this and share your thoughts: How can I work smart instead of just hard?

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About kellivrla

Kelli Vrla (Ver-lah: n Road Warrior for Humor & Productivity in the Workplace; funny, entertaining, exciting, motivating, Greek). Global Engagement Specialist! Kelli Vrla (Ver-lah), C S P, Texas-born corporate communications consultant, has enlightened and "entertrained" thousands in the U.S., Europe, and Central America with one of her dynamic programs. Kelli shares over 30 years of lessons and experience: Sixteen years as a broadcast sales executive in radio and 14 years as CEO of her own people development firm. Her in-the-trenches scope of learning comes from first-hand experiences in handling change, effective marketing, bottom-line communications, difficult and demanding people, and motivating the tough-to-motivate people. All of this prepared her for the variety of ways she now helps people stay less stressed and laser focused on full-throttle productivity. Life’s too short to get stressed over things we have little or no control over. Kelli helps people write the Reality Checks that will clear even the biggest bankable challenges. Since her radio days at ABC & CBS, Kelli has successfully consulted companies in helping their people enhance personal and professional development skills. She has helped them learn to OWN their jobs and get others to OWN theirs. She has helped them learn to handle CHANGE before it handles them. She has even helped them deal with PEOPLE THEY CANNOT STAND. Kelli has helped major corporations overcome the challenges and the chaos with her most-requested keynotes & workshops. She has done all of this with a festive delivery of relevant, memorable and immediately-transferable skills. As the kick-off morning show host, Kelli energized listeners on Dallas' first all-women talk radio show. Not only does Kelli hold the CSP, she proudly carries the honor of GPE (Greek Pastry Enthusiast)! In addition to serving on the boards of the National Speakers Association-North Texas and the Dallas Classical Guitar Society, she has worked with clients ranging from ABC, CBS, Lockheed Martin, NASA, H & R Block, ExxonMobil, Wal-Mart, Discover Card, HSBC, Capital One, TimeWarner, Canyon Ranch Resorts, Burger King, IBM and Southwest Airlines. She is an active member of the National Speakers Association as well as the Engagement Network. Her publications include co-authored works in the "Pathway Series: The Top Ten Packing List for 21st Century Leaders" and "Glee = MC2, A Guide to Exceptional Customer Service." Newest release this fall: Engage! Have Your People After 'Hello'! One recent attendee remarked, "Kelli was utterly amazing. She kept me awake, alert and assimilating. I laughed so hard my eyes were watering.” Kelli brings you relevant, memorable and DO-IT-NOW skills, so you can have more fun as you get more done! For a powerful conference kick-off keynote; for a motivating, closing keynote; or for an action-focused breakout, Kelli can bring impact and excitement to your event. SAVE the Date with Kelli V!

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