I think we have established that I love hard hats. Nothing new there. But last week I realized that it was my 2-year anniversary of the first time I felt the empowerment of putting on a hard hat. It was a magical and memorable experience, and it obviously made a lasting impression on me. Shout out to my sister (and editor) for making that happen with a tour of the power plant she works at. Good times had by all these past two years. With how far the project has come these last two years, I am excited to see where it goes in the next two. Now you may be asking how, or if, I celebrated the anniversary? And the answer to that is YES. I flew 6 times in one week, had many outings, and talked to tons of people. A hard hat anniversary week done right! I am happy to report that the general reaction to the hat was positive. Arizonians are big fans of hard hats I guess, as shown by our waiter at a Thai restaurant who asked what it was about and for a picture — a very exciting moment for me. Other exciting hard hat news- I wore my hat to a fundraiser I was volunteering at, and met some super awesome people. Every connection started with them asking something along the lines of, “so what’s up with the hat?” I found out that there is someone in the Portland area that loves Stephen Covey as much as I do. I never thought I’d be able to say that sentence. The power of conversation and curiosity continues to astound me. YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU DON’T KNOW!

 

On another note, I really enjoy good books about business and self-improvement. And exchanging good ones is half the fun. That being said if you have a favorite, COMMENT BELOW! I’d love to hear your suggestions. Over break I started reading one I impulse bought on Amazon, and I want to share it with you because it is a GAME CHANGER.  It is funny, and the icing on the cake is that it is by Mark Cuban (one of my favorite Sharks from Shark Tank)! If you are not a business nerd, do not shy away, it is not super technical- anyone could read and understand it. Great read, I’d highly recommend it. Here’s the link! https://www.amazon.com/How-Win-Sport-Business-Can/dp/1626810915/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490057947&sr=8-1&keywords=how+to+win

 

Now some food for thought- my dad found and read a book on The Butterfly Effect. It was something I hadn’t heard of, but he told me about it, and I have been thinking about it ever since, so I wanted to share it with you. As told by Wikipedia, The Butterfly Effect is, “the concept that small changes can have large effects.” In science there have been studies about how a butterfly in one country doing something can cause a natural disaster in another country. Sounds pretty crazy right? Well, maybe. I really cannot say because I am not well enough read on it, but looking at it from a social science paradigm, I cannot stop thinking about how true it is. As it normally goes, once I learned about it I started seeing examples everywhere, most notably on my way back from Arizona on an airplane, hard hat and all, naturally. There was a couple sitting next to me, we chatted about my hat at the beginning of the flight (they were really supportive which made me happy). Then I had a lot of schoolwork, so I got it out to work on. I read a chapter of my textbook and took notes all flight. When they made the landing announcement and I unplugged my headphones and put my tray table up, we started chatting again. The conversation transgressed into my schoolwork and what I was doing. Then it happened- the butterfly effect. I am forever changed. They complimented my handwriting. Now this seems like no big deal right? No. I have never liked my handwriting, and no one had ever complimented it, therefore I had concluded that what “good handwriting” is has a clear definition. Same with things like “pretty hair” or “an attractive figure.” Basically, I thought that I just had sloppy looking handwriting to everyone. But the lady I had been talking with for at least 25 minutes gave me a genuine, out of the box, compliment on it. So what does that mean? It means I was wrong about handwriting. What is “good” to me is clearly not the same as “good” for others. Now this might seem like the most basic interaction and compliment ever, but it has been a butterfly effect moment for me because it has made me see things differently. In the basic example, I used to feel embarrassed of my handwriting, because I thought that it was sloppy, and thought everyone else thought that too. But it doesn’t work like that. Someone liked my handwriting. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My point is if you are like me, and sometimes get caught thinking that your “handwriting” is ugly to everyone, that just is not true. Clearly this idea goes far past handwriting, but I am going to leave that untouched. Love yourself today folks, you’re beautiful whether you know it or not.

 

HARD HAT ON and WIN THE DAY! Oh and give someone a compliment this week, you could be their butterfly!


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