October 2017

October 2017

Strategies for Success Newsletter October 2017 Issue 142


Published by Emily Huling Selling Strategies


Copyright 2017 Emily Huling. All rights reserved.


In this October 2017 issue:

  1. Thoughts from Home
  2. Thoughts from the Office
  3. Josmo’s Cafe
  4. Stay Energized
  5. Emily Live


In case you missed it last month, you can still view John’s most recent building project! He went big! Rather than building another model-size remote-controlled boat, John hand built a gorgeous wooden kayak. See pictures and a video of his exceptional craftsmanship!

Interested in viewing another of John’s fantastic projects? Here is the slideshow of the building his PT 109 and video of him running it. Building the PT109 and The PT109 in action.


  1. Thoughts from Home

Keeping score

A lot of people keep score.

If a neighbor is nice to you, you are nice to them. If you ask a friend for a favor, you reciprocate sometime later. When you invite a person to an event or out for a meal, you expect the other person to initiate an invitation later. One problem with that is that life doesn’t always work out that way.

Sometime ago, I decided to quit keeping score. As level-headed John puts it, some people are callers and others are callees. We have friends we totally enjoy, but we seem to be the ones who always initiate connecting.

Not keeping score has been a blessing. It’s enabled me to be sincere in what I do without thinking of how it will be reciprocated. I’m grateful for what’s offered to me without self-imposed beliefs of what I should do in return.

If you’re a scorekeeper, try not keeping score and see where your heart takes you.


  1. Thoughts from the Office

Building a meaningful workplace

Getting people to work harder, allowing them to own it, gets them to love what they are doing to a higher degree.

That message was delivered loud and clear by Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, in his October 2012 TED talk What makes us feel good about our work?

In 2011, psychologists labeled this concept the Ikea effect. A series of experiments with Legos and origami showed that people find more satisfaction in things they create than in the same outcome created by others. Haven’t you found that assembling your own Ikea furniture, while certainly frustrating and a challenge, provides us enormous pride and satisfaction when it is finished?

Dan Ariely is the author of Payoff: The Hidden Logic that Shapes our Motivations. He believes businesses benefit from the power of the Ikea effect by giving people more individual challenges and acknowledging their effort, work, and contribution.

The acknowledging part is critical to motivation. Recognize effort, not just positive results. Not all we put our hearts, souls, and time into leads to short-term successful outcomes. However, in the long term, it’s workplaces who value meaningful work that have happier, more productive employees which translates into greater profits.


  1. Josmo’s Cafe

Yippee! It’s pumpkin season! I love all things pumpkin! I adapted a few pumpkin muffin recipes to come up with just the right blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves in my Pumpkin Cranberry Muffin recipe. Hope you enjoy!

We have lots of other Josmo’s Cafe recipes on the website. All dishes have been taste tested many, many times!


  1. Stay Energized

Energizer Minute Headphones – tuning in or tuning out? Get supercharged with Energizer Minutes – one-to-two-minute audio stories told by yours truly to energize, invigorate, and inspire!

Follow me on Twitter @EmilyHuling to read my weekday Energizer Moments.


  1. Emily Live
  • Private Client – Fargo, ND – Working Together for Success – October 2-5, 2017
  • Kansas Association of Property & Casualty Insurance Companies – Leading with Certainty – Manhattan, KS – October 12, 2017
  • Private Client – Indianapolis, IN – Clients are Forever: 5 Carats to Dazzle and Retain Buyers – November 9, 2017
  • Private Client – Minneapolis, MN – consulting and planning – November 13-15, 2017


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