I don't know if some people realize how negative they are (i.e., "Negative Nelly")

I don’t know if some people realize how negative they are; I guess they just don’t hear their words, at least not the way that other people hear them. A woman I know comes across as a very negative, overly worried person. I don’t think she’s really that negative, but she comes across that way, and I think it causes a lot of problems for her.

Some people write in a journal every night, and one of their tasks is to write all of the bad things they said during that day. It may harm our relationship, but I think I’m going to suggest that to her the next time I see her. Then maybe she’ll hear what she says.

I’m very conscious of this topic because my father could be very negative at times, and that had a big influence on me. I loved the man, but I didn’t want to have that part of his personality, so I listened to a lot of people like Leo Buscaglia and Zig Ziglar in an effort to not end up that way. As I wrote in my book, A Survival Guide for New Consultants, people who are successful tend to avoid and ignore people with negative attitudes like the plague, and that’s true both in the business world and in personal life.

Stock buybacks are viewed as a benefit to company shareholders and can be an indicator of company confidence

From a Yahoo Finance story that I can’t link to because they wanted me to use their app: “Stock buybacks are viewed as a benefit to company shareholders and can be an indicator of company confidence. When shares are repurchased, the number of outstanding shares is reduced, meaning the relative ownership of each investor increases.”

I bought a bunch of Apple stock a few years ago when they announced that they’d be buying back a lot of their stock, and that has worked out very well.

Treat every moment as your last ~ Shunryu Suzuki

I used to meditate in what I now call a “lazy” way, more of a savasana “withdraw from the senses” style. These days my meditation is more active and alert, and I like this quote by Shunryu Suzuki: “Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.” (Last spring, when I thought I might die as I laid in a bed in a hotel room, my meditation was extremely intense, just like this quote requests of us.)

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