Monday, August 29, 2011

Firework Economy

“You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine. Just own the night like the 4th of July”

These lyrics hit me like a ton of bricks a few weeks ago while I was riding in my car, jamming out, singing like a fool - like we all do when a good song hits us. Now, you may think I’m crazy, because this is a Katy Perry song, (did you know she is the first female artist to EVER to have five #1 singles from one album?), but she is doing something right!

Love her or hate her, and I’m not particularly fond of her, I was struck by the lyrics in her hit song Firework. They were an anthem, yelling at me to be my best. Don’t believe me? Play the song and listen to it with the intention of being motivated – both professionally and personally.

I mean it – GO! Listen to it right now, I’ll wait…

Are you paper-thin?
Are you buried deep?
Do you want to start again?

You can ignite!
You can let your colors burst!
You can show them what you’re worth!

This is a firework economy, an economy where if you aren’t your best, you are going to be left behind.

Where are you? Struggling to get the job, to keep the job, to make the sale, to survive the changing tide?

Where’s your firework for this economy? Why aren’t you igniting yourself with passion and motivation? Why won’t you let your colors burst? Why can’t people see what you’re worth?

It’s simple. It’s because somewhere along the yellow brick road of the economy you lost your groove. You quit jamming out and singing like a fool! You quit.

Stings, doesn’t it? OUCHIE!

You quit. You quit going above and beyond. You quit being passionate about your life, your work, your economy.

In that moment, in that car, listening to that song, Stephanie got her groove back!

Is it time you got your groove back?

First, you have to Light the Fire. Easier said than done, I know, but not impossible. The hardest part is figuring out what motivates you to be your best. What drives your inner champion? What makes you tick? What catapults you to succeed? When you are able to put your finger on that, BAM! the fire will start burning and you’ll start seeing change. You’ll be happier, you’ll be friendlier, you’ll be more helpful, you’ll accomplish more and stress less.

Once you light the fire, you have to Work Harder. This is the hardest part and the one thing that separates you from everyone else. How willing are you to work harder? To take on more than you think you can handle? To accept the challenge of contributing more to help you, your colleagues, and your company thrive? If you aren’t willing, you’ll never be better than you are today. If you are willing, then you have to act and act now. Don’t wait! Tomorrow is always a day late. Start now.

“It's always been inside of you, you, you. And now it's time to let it through-ough-ough”

Got it? Light Your Fire, Work Harder, and you’ll be a firework in this dim economy.

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  1. Love it, the song and the advice!

  2. RIGHT ON the song, love this article...I need to get my firework turned on!

  3. Not only is this song motivating to me, it's my anthem. I was born on the 4th of July. So, yes, I'm a firework!

  4. Love the Article!!!! I want my Groove Back! Let the Fireworks Begin!!!!

  5. excellent article. look forward to reading more from you Stephanie.

  6. Thank you for the love! Just spark it :)

  7. do I win anything for spotting the spelling error on the Gitomer website ?

  8. @ Anonymous - How can you win anything if I don't know who you are!