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Jill Merriam Haiti Trip Provides Authentic Advice

October 15, 2012
Jill Merriam volunteers in Haiti for MATH

Jill Merriam joins MATH: Medical Aid to Haiti, part of the CT contingency providing solutions in Haiti

I recently read this piece about doing the work necessary to live life no; in essence, putting in the effort in every aspect of your life, and not merely talking about it.

I shared this with all the Key Hyundai employees, and would like to share with customers and the Connecticut community as well.  Seth Godin, one of our time’s leading thinkers, wrote this:


It would be great to be picked, to win the random lottery, to have a dream come true.

But when we rely on a wish to get where we want to go, we often sacrifice the effort that might make it more likely that we get what we actually need. Waiting for the prince to show up is a waste of valuable time, and the waiting distracts us from and devalues the hard work we might be doing instead.

If you can influence the outcome, do the work.

If you can’t influence the outcome, ignore the possibility. It’s merely a distraction.

This thought has been on my mind since I recently returned from a humanitarian medical trip to Haiti with MATH (Medical Aid to Haiti) where I saw first hand just how fortunate we are to live in the United States.

Go out and harness the strengths you were given.  Don’t wait until you win the lottery, excel at your job, get married, get the promotion, get along better with your co-workers, have more customers.  Do it now!

In America, we can’t blame “the system” because it’s 99% better than it is in the rest of the world.  Want a free education?  Go to a public library.  Want more sales customers?  Go stand in the service drive.  Want your customer satisfaction bonus?  Wow your customers. Want more fulfillment?  Volunteer at a soup kitchen.  Whatever you do, just don’t wait.  Take advantage of the gifts we have living in a first world country.

This fits right in with the Key Hyundai mission statement of being solution providers and not product pushers.  The happy, more fulfilled and more joyful you are, the more joy you will bring to your customers and the more joy you will receive back in return.

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