Are You Living the Dream?

Are you living the dream?

I surely am!  Erin Kennedy’s recent blog post on choosing happiness reminded me of a lesson that was taught to me by the former CEO of First Consulting GroupLuther Nussbaum.  Anytime that Luther is asked, “How are you?” his response is “SUPER!”   Even when Luther is not having such a great day, you can observe his energy spike and a legitimate smile emerge.

I have completely plagiarized Luther’s habit, though I have modified it to suit my personality.   So when people ask me how I am doing, I proudly and energetically respond,  Lliving the dream!” which I am, even if I happen to be having a bad day.

To be perfectly honest, by nature I am a glass half empty person and my typical response to “How are you?” prior to stealing Luther’s habit was some sort of negative rant or complaint.  Initially, I was surprised and encouraged to observe that the outcomes of my conversations improved dramatically with this one simple adjustment.  Now I come to expect it and I relish the fact that I have the power to disarm someone that is naturally negative like I used to be and remind them that we are all pretty lucky in the big scheme of things.

Thanks to Erin for the reminder and to Luther for making me more effective!

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About the author


Joe Lavelle

Joe Lavelle is the Co-Founder of intrepidNow. Prior to that Joe was an accomplished healthcare IT executive and career coach with a record of successfully meeting the business and technology challenges of diverse organizations including health plans, health delivery networks, health care companies, and several Fortune 500 companies.

Joe is also the author of Act As If It Were Impossible To Fail, available on Amazon.


  • Joe:

    Solid post!

    I tend (ok always) to flock with those that have a good upbeat and positive attitude. Attitudes (positive or negative effect those nearby. I would rather spend my time with optimistic people any day of the week. Life is too short to hang out with negative, I can’t do it nay-sayers. Please.
    Not interested. Nope.

  • Thanks so much Tim.

    I find that success follows the optimistic folks like you far more than the naysayers or downers! I could not be more grateful for learning this lesson mid-career (instead of after retirement)!

  • Nice post, love it. I am a glass half full person but I still have bad days (or weeks sometimes) and I will definitely be using “Living the dream” as my response from now on when anyone asks me how I am.

    I started my adult life in a hostel for homeless teenagers and worked hard to find some success as an entrepreneur. My attitude was the key to most of my success and now I blog about it

  • Hi Matt and thank you very much for your comment and for letting everyone know about your blog! I will be a (lucky) avid follower from now on!

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