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I promise this is not a rant about people copying each other's work.  I spent a morning this week pis

Katrina's Letter Of The Week

September 20 · Issue #77 · View online
Every week, I'll write you a letter. A letter about anything, really. My goal is just to make you think. Then, I handpick 3 ideas and posts you'll love (and learn from).

I promise this is not a rant about people copying each other’s work. 
I spent a morning this week pissed off about things I can not control. Well, nothing I can manage without lawyers and copyrights - like stories I’ve written that I found cloned to other people’s websites. Presentations with someone else’s name. Speaker selection for conferences. 
The rage was a mix of so many emotions inspired by exhaustion. Insomnia and a full client load will do that. My mind was racing to balance self-pity while trying to get even more done. 
Then I heard the ding of a notification. 
It was my friend Jess. She was on her way to a meeting when a kid at our Y asked for help. We’re all familiar with the family - especially the 14-year-old with kind eyes and a crooked smile. 
He couldn’t find his Dad. 
She dropped everything to help. In the middle of budget season, new program launches, and managing Mom life with 2 teenagers and a 4-year-old, she drove this kid around for hours. At one point, after yet another dead-end spot, they both stopped to cry. 
At the reality of the moment. At life put into perspective. 
I cried, too. 
They found his Dad that night, but days later, I still find myself thinking about this kid and his story. While I spent my morning complaining about someone on the Internet, he was experiencing one of the most traumatic feelings a young child can encounter: losing a parent. 
A lot of things don’t seem as important all of a sudden. Especially “the hustle.” We get so caught up in doing more that we lose perspective on the present. The reality is that the hustle won’t make a more satisfying life. It won’t even guarantee success.
That’s what I wrote about in this week’s blog thanks to inspiration from Mary Ellen Slayter, Laurie Ruettimann, and the kid with the kind eyes. 

CEO, Three Ears Media

Talking Trash On The Hustle
Talking Trash On The Hustle
Why the “Side Hustle” is Failing You, with Mary Ellen Slayter - Laurie Ruettimann
Why You Can’t Just “Get Over It”
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