Crazy Teacup Poodle Lady

I’d like to think that you want to be remembered for the things you truly want to be remembered for.

Do you want to be remembered as the guy who flipped his sh*t when someone else accidentally drank out of your water glass? Do You really want to be remembered as the girl who flipped out on her boss when you were told that you couldn’t bring your teacup poodle into work?

It is important to me that you are remembered for the right things.

So… As you go through the week, and stuff happens, because stuff WILL happen, ask yourself:


Perspective… Ahhh… Isn’t it so much fun…The perspective game is such a cool little nugget to keep in your frontal lobes.

If it isn’t going to make a difference in 5 years from now, why should you really care in this moment?

Your mind is going to take action and fight for what is in front of it. That is how we have survived so long as a human race. We have fought the fight in front of us. We fought when the bear was taking our child, or the other tribe was burning down our huts.

But now, we live in a different world than our DNA ancestors came from.

When someone takes your subway seat or someone goes out of turn at the Whole Foods register, or someone honks at you while driving, is it really going to matter in 5 years?  Probably not.

Perhaps you want to be remembered for being a reactive SOB… If that’s the case, go at it. Have fun.  It just seems like a lot of  wasted energy.

Focus on your legacy, the long game, not the petty crap that will stand in the way of you having the real interactions that matter.

Honking at The Legacy of You,
Michael Ian


  • Name 1 thing you reacted to that really doesn’t matter.
  • Would you react the same way if you could re-live it again?
  • What could you do different so that it didn’t impact your own energy?


1) The Free Gratitude Slam: Join me and the Gratitude Slam community on Facebook. I host videos and ask questions that get your mind thinking about “What do I have in this moment?”. It helps  to start building your mind’s muscles to keep perspective in times you may normally be reactive.

2) Being reactive in the work place is a big energy suck. It takes time, money, emotions, and effort to neutralize a situation. I love talking to groups about this. There is nothing worse than a front line team member get defensive on a customer. Want me to join your organization for a little workshop on this? Give me a shout out!

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