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Our Dearest Positopians,

Mandy and Jonathan here!

Ernest Dowson once penned a poem about Dreamful Autumns saying,

"Pale amber sunlight falls across
The reddening October trees,
That hardly sway before a breeze
As soft as summer: summer's loss
Seems little, dear! on days like these."


October is one of our favorite months. We love seeing pumpkins at the grocery store, embracing the cooler weather, and relaxing from the heat of summer. On days like these, the crisp air and falling leaves are so fun to admire as we go on walks and start to add more layers on as we venture out and about. We are loving the October weather and enjoying Fall in full force and hope you are as well.


- M&J

P.S. - For those of you just joining, welcome to this edition of our monthly newsletter, The Positopian, where every month, we share positive news, fiction, resources, & insights to help you become the best version of yourself! 

“October had tremendous possibility. The summer's oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised a world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles.” ~Sarah Guillory, Reclaimed

"Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear."
~Tony Robbins

Is That All There Is? Why Burnout Is A Broken Promise

Written by Whizy Kim, Refinery 29

Many of us were raised on the mantra: “It’s not work if you love what you do,” and so we want to believe that our jobs can not only provide financial stability, but also emotional and spiritual nourishment. Not all work is a calling, but the journey toward finding the right job can be likened to a pilgrimage. In a time of increasing secularism, work remains our steadfast religion.

Break All Your Bad Habits


Written by Aviva Patz, Prevention

OVERSPENDING
TO BREAK IT:
Feel Grateful

OVERTHINKING
TO BREAK IT:
Be Gentle With Yourself

FEELING UNMOTIVATED
TO BREAK IT:
Focus On The First Step


(and more in-depth tips)

Pretty Ugly by Abdullah Shoaib

I’m very ugly

So don’t try to convince me that

I am a very beautiful person

Because at the end of the day

I hate myself in every single way

And I’m not going to lie to myself by saying

There is beauty inside of me that matters

So rest assured I will remind myself

That I am a worthless, terrible person

And nothing you say will make me believe

I still deserve love

Because no matter what

I am not good enough to be loved

And I am in no position to believe that

Beauty does exist within me

Because whenever I look in the mirror I always think

Am I as ugly as people say?

 

*(Now read the same words, but bottom up!)*

The best managers have 4 key skills, says CEO of 14 years


Written by Gary Burnison, CNBC

The best leaders have four key skills:

Adaptability: Being comfortable with unanticipated changes and diverse situations; being able to adjust to constraints and rebound from adversity.

Curiosity: Approaching problems in novel ways; seeing patterns and understanding how to synthesize complex information; having the desire to achieve a deep understanding of things.

Detail-oriented: Having the ability to systematically carry out tasks as assigned, with an understanding of the procedures and the importance of exactitude.

Tolerance of ambiguity: Being comfortable with uncertainty and willing to make decisions and plans in the face of incomplete information.

“Learn who you are. Unlearn who they told you to be.”
~s. mcnutt

"Stop expecting honesty from people who lie to themselves."

"Don't be upset from people you don't respect."

The High Financial Price of Burning Out at Work—and What to Do About It


Written by Julia Carpenter, The Wall Street Journal

Oftentimes people adopt the motto of “work hard, play hard” but the pandemic has changed our ability to do just that, so statistics are showing people are increasing spending on unneeded online purchases.

The article recommends to create a deliberate splurge fund for when work burnout happens so purchases don’t keep creeping up higher and higher on you unknowingly  

"You'll never look good trying to make someone else look bad."

“Kindness is spreading sunshine into people’s lives regardless of the weather” 
~Raktivist

Words of Wisdom —
“Start with the smallest, practice the easiest.”

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

~John Greenleaf Whittier

Here's to a safe and happy year as we continue on!
If you want to see the past 20 issues of The Positopian, click here.

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Always Remember, "Chews" Joy :)
~Mandy & Jonathan Chew
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