Books are creeping back into my life, slowly but surely. I knew that they have been missing from my life for a while, but what I did not realize was my thirst for books, my thirst for for knowledge. Books kept me company since young. Books do not talk back to you. They give knowledge, entertainment, companion generously, and without expectation for return. Melodramatic, but true.
Lately, books seemed to find their ways to me, mysteriously. And these are not my usual genre of books.
Boey’s Childhood Stories, for example.
And now …. Fish!. A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results. A book modeled after Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market. A book I borrowed, without permission. Oopsie.
A nice book, albeit the cheesy romance bit.
An invigorating book, that makes me want to visit the USA. Finally, I found a place that I wanted to visit in the USA. Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle. Yeah, a fish market. It reminds me of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, how impressed I was with the friendly environment in the market.
A friend recently sought me out for some work advice, so perhaps that’s why the fish on the book cover jumped to my attention. But, I find that the content is not just work-related. It makes sense to even how we live life, and to a certain extent, how we travel.
Do not be a toxic energy dump. It’s energy-zapping. Life is complicated enough, simplify it.
Unlike my other blog posts, I’ll pick up quotes from the book, for sharing. Gee, I kinda missed my leadership position, my infamous pep talks with my team.
Pike Place Fish philosophy: Four key ingredients:
- Choosing Your Attitude – the core ingredient
- Make Their Day
- Be present
“Why not choose to be world famous rather than ordinary?”
I would like to add, be world famous, responsibly.
“There is always a choice about the way you do your work, even if there is not a choice about the work itself.”
True. Whether you do it happily, or not, it still needs to be done. Why not manage it with a smile on your face?
“Life is too precious to spend any time at all, much less half of my waking hours, in a toxic energy dump.”
Hear, hear !!
“Life was tough, and I responded in kind – I was tough. I had too much invested in being a victim.”
This sounds very much like the few people that have crossed my path, which I silently labeled them as ‘Energy Suckers.’
“Most of us are uncomfortable thinking of ourselves as artists … But each of us is an artist .. With every choice, every day, you are creating a unique work of art. Something that only you can do …. The reason you were born was to leave your own indelible mark on the world.”
What if you died tomorrow, what have you left behind?
“When the student is ready the teacher appears.”
I personally have not had a good mentor for such a long time. I missed them lots.
I shall leave you with this thought to ponder:
“Be a leader in every sense of the word!”
Pike’s Place Fish Market
Address: 86 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101-2025
Tel: (206) 682-7181
Business Hours: Monday – Saturday 6.30am to 6pm, Sunday 7am to 5pm