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Happy People, Things To Try

An Inspiration – Dr. Shine

“I want to find that spark in a person.” Dr. Shine

Reading the book Shine by Dr. Edward Hallowell, I became really excited, because there, in the first chapter was an example of a person who is truly happy in their work.  He is known as Dr. Shine and he is the shoe-shine guy at Logan Airport in America.

Dr. Shine has found his way to be happy at work – he spends his days reaching out to the people he meets and encouraging them to pursue their passions .  This is what he told Dr. Hallowell:

“I get up every morning, and I look forward to helping people get into the right frame of mind so they can shine, no matter where they go or what they do.  When I do that, I’m happy.

I love what I do.  For me, it’s all about the shine I put on the person.   You see, I reach out. Too many people don’t reach out any more. They hold back. They’re too worried ‘bout something bad might happen, or they’re in too much of a hurry. Don’t worry about putting out the fire before you strike the match. I always strike the match. I want to find that spark in a person, you get what I mean?

Every time you’re with a person, you’ve got a big chance.  I say, don’t miss it.  Don’t worry about putting out the fire before you strike the match.  I always strike the match.  I want to find that spark in a person. But I gotta be quick, cause I only get as long as a shoe-shine. My goal is to change lives one shoe-shine at a time.

Everyone’s got that spark in them somewhere; I know that for a fact. But sometimes they don’t know it… or they forgot it. Too many folks spend their lives keepin’ it hid up inside of them, like they savin’ it up for some day that’s never gonna come.

So I just keep fishin’. Keep reachin’ out. The minute they get to what’s real, that’s when I yank! Like I just hooked a fish! Now I got ‘em. And I reel ‘em in. I tell ‘em they just gotta be real, let that spark light ‘em up, that if they do that, they gonna light up their whole world. That’s what I tell them, and it’s the truth. They just gotta stop hiding and catch on fire. Then they gotta reach out and get others goin’ too. It’s all about reachin’ out, ya know?

When someone is sitting up in that chair, all I think about is what he needs and that gives me energy.  If I can’t forget about me and think about you, then I have no business shining shoes.”

Dr Shine has found one of the secrets to being happy at work, and that is making authentic and positive human connections.  You will here more about this in following posts.

Something For You To Try

Dr. Shine has inspired me to try the following exercise, and without fail it has ended in a positive result.  I would highly recommend you try it!  Next time you are talking to a manager or colleague, or even a friend instead of talking, stop, listen and ask questions.  You will be amazed how little time it takes to identify things that the other person is truly passionate about.  As you continue to ask questions about their interest, just watch their face light up and their whole body engage in the conversation.

You can be happy doing this, knowing that you have really brightened someone’s day.  They are happy because there is someone else in the workplace really taking an interest in them as a person.  So give it a go today!

You can find out more about this book at http://changethis.com/manifesto/81.03.Shine/pdf/81.03.Shine.pdf




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