“Be kind to one another.” – Ellen Degeneres

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Lately I’ve been into books written by female comedians, if you haven’t been able to tell. This one doesn’t disappoint. I love Ellen because not only can she make every one laugh, but she seems like such a great person and she loves to throw a good dance party. There were many points in this book where I was literally laughing out loud (LOL). You should read it, seriously…it’s funny and inspirational.

My favorite quotes from Ellen’s Book:

“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important”.

“My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.”

“You just have to keep driving down the road. It’s going to bend and curve and you’ll speed up and slow down, but the road keeps going.”

“I cannot believe they haven’t yet come up with a better screening process than the mammogram. If a man had to put his special parts inside a clamp to test him for anything, I think they would come up with a new plan before the doctor finished saying, “Put that thing there so I can crush it.”

“Contribute to the world. Help people. Help one person. Help someone cross the street today. Help someone with directions unless you have a terrible sense of direction. Help someone who is trying to help you. Just help. Make an impact. Show someone you care. Say yes instead of no. Say something nice. Smile. Make eye contact. Hug. Kiss. Get naked.”

Just stop, you didn’t think.

A catch phrase in the business world is “What is your risk appetite?” It means: how much are you willing to risk for “this”? “This” being a project, a decision, or an investment. However not only can this clever anecdote be used in many industries, including healthcare, I  believe it can be applied to decisions that you make in your everyday life. Recently I personally asked myself, “Is this iPad really worth it? Am I going to use it? Or is it just another gadget and a fad?” I ended up buying an iPad and I love it. It was worth it. I do use it all the time. It is another gadget, but NOT just another fad.

However sometimes I also find myself wondering whether other people, such as friends or colleagues, take the time to ask themselves such questions before they make BIG decisions. (Usually I think this after they’ve made a poor decision that I don’t agree with.) Maybe I just over think things, but I do think a cost-benefit analysis is necessary for important decisions. I mean this decisions could end up effecting your relationships with others, your future career, or your bank statement. I am definitely a PROs v. CONs list kind of girl. I’m not saying that my decisions are always right. They are DEFINITELY not always right and I am no where near PERFECT. But I do try weigh all my options out first. I would never do something that would jeopardize my relationship with a close friend/loved-one or do something that would put them in a bad position. I’m not going to tell you about the dilemma I’m in that  has inspired me to write this post. But let this serve as a reminder: Think before you Act because talk is cheap. Run a cost-benefit analysis in your head first. Because as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What you do speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you say.”

Here are some more thoughts that are important and are also applicable. Enjoy!

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