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February 2021

Dang Groundhog!

Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2nd every year. This curious holiday comes from our agricultural past and marks the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Will our fuzzy friend see his shadow this year? And what does it mean if he does (or doesn’t)? Of course, it’s all in good fun. As the Farmers' Almanac says, “If he sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter; if he doesn’t, it’ll be six weeks until spring.” Get it? Let’s just stay warm and cozy until March 20th.

February has always been one of the months for me that requires extra motivation. I enjoy motivational speeches and books and would like to share a few of them with you.

One of my favorite pep talks is by Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired). It is an oldie, but it is one that I listen to often as an entrepreneur so that I never “ring the bell." If this speech piques your interest, he has a book which goes into greater detail, "Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World." A short read of less than 150 pages, but a good one to have handy for those tough days.

Hard to believe that it has been a year since the tragic death of Kobe Bryant. The anniversary of his death reminded me of a motivational speech of his that I watched after hearing of his passing last year. It is another YouTube clip. Yes, he is talking about basketball, but it is about the passion of your craft. One of our tag lines with Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit is that we “Have a passion for the Sales & Marketing Craft." Do you understand your business and craft and are you the leader needed, or are obstacles going to define you? Hear how Kobe has defined himself: "The Mindset of a Winner."

Lastly, I would like to share with you life advice by Denzel Washington. This video is a wonderful compilation of many of his interviews with each one having its own special nugget of motivation. I will leave you with one of his quotes on dealing with the hardships in your life: “Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship. Keep moving, keep growing, keep learning…. See you at work.” And may I add….See you on Zoom!

MSE Detroit is interested in helping with your career. We also believe that networking with your colleagues at MSE Detroit and other associations is important to our circle of success. Therefore, we are listing links to groups you may be interested in contacting. Please also take a look at two upcoming MSE Detroit educational programs designed for you this month:

Registration is open for the following:

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 1-2 PM

"More Than Just Your Experience –

15 Tips on How to Have a More Memorable Interview"


Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 1-2:30PM

"Sales Strategies for 2021: Hunters & Farmers"


Stay Warm.

Ann K. Bruttell, MSE Detroit President


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