Are You Just Getting By?

Are you just getting by?

When I say this, I don’t mean financially.  I mean are you just “coasting” through life.  Do you let people, your work, or even just ordinary life events dictate how you feel, or for that matter how you react to different situations?  For example, I’m writing this on Monday morning, and as I go through my day thus far, I’m convinced that’s exactly what happens to an awful lot of us.

Maybe it’s the guy at the Post Office or DMV who begrudgingly says Next!” without even looking up at you or Heaven forbid even smile at you.  Or, maybe it’s a co-worker who has that blank stare on her face when you ask her a question, because she is still thinking about last weekend, rather than the job to be done today. How about those folks next to you at the restaurant?  There they sit, two people having lunch together, but neither one is talking, because each of them is scrolling on their smart phones?  Again, their minds are somewhere else, rather than enjoying the moment and the people they are with.

Is it because they are too busy?  Their job is too boring?  Perhaps, it’s the economic downturn that seems to have affected all of our lives?  Or, it certainly could be personal problems in their own lives, and they are just caught up in their own thoughts.   I don’t know for sure.  It could be any one of these, or maybe all of them.  I just know that it sometimes feels like we are becoming a country of “isolated people” living somewhat “automatically”,    just giving “Lip service” to life.

Maybe it’s time for a change?

I would hate to live this way, but being human, we all go through periods feeling like this.

Hey, we all know life is short, that’s why we ought to seize the moment, be involved, enjoy the day, our work, and the people that we come in contact with.   I was thinking about this a lot, and what I realized is that the first step in getting back to enjoying yourself and  life, is to recognize that sometimes you are too busy, too bored, or to pre-occupied to really enjoy the moment that you are in right now. It seems you might be too busy to enjoy life!

Here are some suggestions that could help you get focused on what’s really important in your life:

  • Try turning off the TV once in a while and talk to your wife & children.
  • Turn off your cell phone, give it – and you a rest.
  • Read something, a book, a magazine – not the internet!
  • Go outside for a walk– without your iPod.
  • Try turning off your car radio, and enjoy the silence
  • Re-acquaint yourself with your friends, your neighbors, your church and your family.  They will give you the balance that you need and require.

If you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions about this, I would love to hear them.

Roger Wandersee

Sharn Enterprises, inc.



Internship Follow-up: “Be a small business “mentor.” Save money and time!”

In January, I wrote about the opportunity many of us have to “Be a small business “mentor.”  Save money and time!” That was based on my viewpoint as the company President.  Now, I’d like to share with you how one of our students feels about combining work, school, family, and being mentored here at Sharn Enterprises.  


It means no more taking exams, writing papers, reading extremely boring books, or juggling group work and projects. I am free! I have waited so long to graduate from college and the day has come! I proved to myself that I am strong, determined, and capable. Now I am ready for the “real-world”…

Balancing work, home, and school:

Balancing these three seemed harder to me than any subject I had ever studied. I often found myself exhausted from lack of sleep, and pulling all-nighters so that I could take care of my work and family during daylight hours. I often look back and wonder how I made it all happen!

How I plan to use my education:

You would think that I have all the answers and know where I’m going now that I am done with school, but in today’s economy it remains a mystery. I have applied to numerous jobs and have yet to hear back from anyone- could it have something to do with graduating from the biggest graduating class my school has ever had? I’m not sure, but I do know that I plan on becoming a financial analyst who will spend her free time volunteering at a non-profit organization who helps needy families manage their finances.

My experience at Sharn Enterprises:

My biggest “take away” is that I experienced how to market a manufacturing company on a business to business level. Over the years, I have had much experience marketing on a business to consumer level but realized how different the two are; I feel that B2B is harder but I know that I am capable of the task.

Confidence, determination, and now “real world experience”. 

Way to go Tina!

Become a small business mentor today.