Every year at this time, the media declares the third Monday of the month to be Blue Monday. The Most Depressing Day of the Year. This past Monday was it for 2017. It kinda makes sense, since the holidays are over, the credit card bills are in, and the weather sucks.
But it’s actually a total pantload.
The Blue Monday Origin Story
The guy who coined this term in 2005, Dr. Cliff Arnall from Cardiff University, came up with a mathematical formula to measure this:
(W)Weather plus the difference between your debts (D) and your (d) salary, multiplied by the time since Christmas (T) times how long ago you already quit on your New Year’s resolution (Q). All this over your low Motivation level (M) multiplied by your need to take action (Na).
Cliff’s work was quickly debunked as a paid journalism piece used to promote a travel company. Mathematicians abused Cliff for his “theory.” They called it “farcical” with equations that “fail even to make mathematical sense on their own terms.”
His university rushed to distance themselves with this smackdown: Continue reading The Blue Monday Myth
Wearing my best suit, clutching 25 copies of my resume and flat broke, I approached the Xerox booth at the SF Job Fair. They were the big blue- chip firm at the fair and had the longest line in the hall. I left to visit the other company booths until the Xerox line died down, then stepped up to take my shot.
I looked the sales manager in the eye, shook his hand and handed him my resume. He looked me and my suit up and down, then said, “Why do you think you could work at Xerox?” No doubt that question had thrown a lot of people back on their heels, causing plenty of bowing and scraping throughout the day.
But I was having none of that. I reached into my pants, hoisted my balls onto the table and replied, “Why would I want to work for Xerox? I’m a closer, and everywhere I’ve worked, I’ve made people money. What would Xerox do for me?”
That’s all it took. He handed me his business card and said, “Call me first thing Monday morning.” He hired me Monday afternoon.
I learned three important things in my time as a Sales Rep for Xerox:
- I was not cut out for life in a huge multinational corporation
- My title of “Reproduction Specialist” was very misleading
- You can’t manage results – you can only manage activities
Continue reading What I Learned From Xerox On Making Resolutions Happen