Creative juices flowing FINALLY….and I’m back at it!

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Ahhh the good ol blog, my it has been far too long!  To start off this entry my humble apologies to those subscribers that haven’t seen any type of action from me in the past 6 months.  I was in a bit of a “funk” so to speak at my last property and wasn’t quite in the right environment to get the creative juices flowing.  I’m sure you can all relate, but it’s funny how mere survival, lack of sleep, being overworked and lack of support can put a damper on our creative abilities.  That, and I had been doing nothing but spending time with my wife, working and lots of  ice fishing (come on, it’s Minnesota you know we sit on the ice and drink beer in the winter for fun!)  On a serious note though it’s far to easy for all of us to slip into this habit of simply existing.  Even if it’s with a job that we love doing.  Routine has it’s faithful way of creeping back into out lives and  to stand out, think creatively and be bold on a regular basis really takes some work, ya know!  I mean the real challenge is how to do all of the above in a way that people have yet to read/see, which no thanks to the massive connection on the interent is a lot easier said then done, let’s face it we’ve seen it all and heard it all on Facebook already! 

I am thrilled to say that my fire has been re-kindled by a man from Switzerland, who found my E-Book Hospitality: Minnesota Nice read it and sent me a message on LinkedIn giving feedback and was sincerely interested in the concept of my message.  Wow, if you could bottle and sell that feeling you get when a stranger notices your work, you’d never have to work again!

On the home front I am pleased to report that I have now left my former corporation and now am ecstatic to be a part of the Starwood family and The W Hotels brand.  If you have yet to experience The W in any major city you’ve really got to check them out.  They literally throw the traditonal methods of hospitality “out the window” and WOW guests with style, new verbage and a fresh approach to all that hospitality has to offer.  Not to mention celebrity appeal in Hollywood!  Personally the transition was brilliant and I highly anticipate my future ventures and networking and will be sure to blog more now then ever.  I hope your spring has sprung into action and be sure to stay tuned into the Minnesota Nice side of Hospitality!

Yours in Hospitality

Brian Nylander

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Genuine Happiness Comes From Within

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Greetings Virtual Amici!

At last,  my long awaited weekend is upon me!  A glorious two day adventure, that will hopefully satisfy my “itch” to get outside and do something  before we’re all knee deep in that frozen white stuff that just went away a mere several months ago….That being said, my brain has punched out already and is rolling on auto-pilot tonight.  Instead of attempting to jump start the ol’ creative juices and come up with something original, I dug up a stellar article I came across on a very good topic.  Today’s topic will fall under the Self Improvement category and I found the article to be very motivating as I hope you do too!  Enjoy!

“Life isn’t the sweetest candy. Sometimes, when I feel like the world is just too heavy, I look around and find people who continue to live fascinating and wonderful lives. And then thoughts come popping into my mind like bubbles from nowhere – “How did their life become so adorably sweet? How come they still can manage to laugh and play around despite a busy stressful life?” Then I pause and observe for awhile. I figured out that maybe, they start to work on a place called ‘self’.
So, how does one become genuinely happy? Step 1 is to love yourself.

My theology professor once said that “loving means accepting.” To love oneself means to accept that you are not a perfect being, but behind the imperfections must lie a great bit of courage to be able to discover ways of how to improve your ability to recover from your mistakes.

Genuine happiness also pertains to contentment. When you are contented with the job you have, the way you look, with your family, your friends, the place you live in, your car, and all the things you now have – truly, you know the answer to the question “how to be genuinely happy.”

When we discover a small start somewhere from within, that small start will eventually lead to something else, and to something else. But if you keep questioning life like it has never done you any good, you will never be able to find genuine happiness.

I believe that life is about finding out about right and wrong, trying and failing, winning and losing. These are things that happen as often as you inhale and exhale. Failure in a person’s life has become as abundant and necessary as air. But this should not hinder us from becoming happy.

How to be genuinely happy in spite of all these? I tell you- every time you exert effort to improve the quality of life and your being, whether it is cleaning up your room, helping a friend, taking care of your sick dog, failing an exam and trying again, life gives you equivalent points for that.

Imagine life as a big score board like those which are used in sports. Every time you take a step forward, you make points. Wouldn’t it be nice to look at that board at the end of each game and think to yourself “Whew! I got a point today. I’m glad I gave it a shot”, instead of looking at it all blank and realizing “Geez, I didn’t even try today. I wish I had the guts to try out. We could have won!” and then walk away.

Genuine happiness isn’t about driving the hottest Formula 1 car, nor getting the employee of the year award, earning the highest pay, or beating the sales quota. Sometimes, the most sought after prizes in life don’t always go to the fastest, the strongest, the bravest or not even the best. So, how do you become genuinely happy? Every one has his own definition of happiness.

Happiness for a writer may mean launching as many best selling books as possible. Happiness for a basketball rookie may mean getting the rookie of the year award. Happiness for a beggar may mean a lot of money. Happiness for a businessman may mean success.

So, really now, how do we become genuinely happy? Simple. You don’t have to have the best things in this world. It’s about doing and making the best out of every single thing. When you find yourself smiling at your own mistakes and telling yourself “Oh, I’ll do better next time”, you carry with you a flame of strong willpower to persevere that may spread out like a brush fire. You possess a willingness to stand up again and try – that will make you a genuinely happy person.

When you learn to accept yourself and your own faults. You pass step 1 in the project of how to become genuinely happy. For as long as you know how to accept others, you will also be accepted. For as long as you love and know how to love, you will receive love tenfold back.

Again, throw me that same question how to become genuinely happy. I’ll refer you to a friend of mine who strongly stated- “Most of us know that laughter is the best medicine to life’s aches and pain. But most of us don’t know that the best kind of laughter is laughter over yourself. Because then you don’t just become happy, you become free.”

 
There you have it!  Free yourself, and the rest will play itself out!  Have a great rest of the week folks and my door is always open.
 
Yours in Hospitality,
Brian
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Your Attitude Determines Your Success

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Chalk another one up for the weekend, as I find browsing articles to stimulate some creative juices more effecient then staring at a blank screen with a flashing curser and my failed attempt to write the next big thing.  So dug this one up from a few days ago that has a nice feel to it, enjoy!
 
“People who consider themselves victims of their circumstances will always remain victims unless they develop a greater vision for their lives.” ~Stedman Graham~ Many a truths are found in clichés. Clichéd phrases such as “attitude is everything” or “your attitude determines your altitude” contain some profound truths. Not to exaggerate, but attitude could easily be regarded as the single most important factor that separates winners from losers, successes from failures, victors from victims. Attitude is a matter of perspective and is all about how you perceive your circumstances or the world around you; which in turn determines how you respond to such circumstances and challenges. This is the main reason why two individuals may respond in a diametrically opposed fashion when be faced with identical opportunities or challenges. As they interpret the events that surround them differently, their responses to such events will be different and consequently, the outcomes that they experience will also be different. The ironic but dangerous thing about attitude is this – the results we receive in life are a reflection of our general attitude towards it. It is the difference in attitude that allows one person to perceive opportunities in circumstances where others see challenges. It is the difference in attitude that allows one man to attempt dreams that others regard as impossible. It is the difference in attitude that makes one man continue to persevere while others quit at the first sign of a challenge. It is the difference in attitude that allows one man to enjoy a life of extraordinary success while others live a life of quiet desperation and frustration. It is attitude that allows successful people to continue being successful while the mediocre remain mediocre. There really is no two ways about it. Your attitude towards life determines what you get out of it. Think of it as a “karmic quid pro quo”. To get better out of life you WILL have to become better. To become better, you WILL have to make better choices and your attitude WILL have to improve. For your attitude to improve, you WILL have to believe differently. To believe differently, you WILL have to think differently. Your attitudes are driven by your beliefs and the only way you can improve your attitude is by improving your beliefs. Simple example – if you believe that you are a go-getter who always achieves his or her goals, this will drive your behaviour and in turn your attitude towards life and its challenges. As this is your genuine belief about yourself, your attitude will be upbeat, confident and results-driven and as such you will achieve success in your endeavours and command the respect of those around you. How much do you think you can achieve in your lifetime? Do you think the future is bright or dim? Do you think people generally support you or try to bring you down? Do you think you have what it takes to really achieve your dreams? What do you think life offers you more – pleasures or challenges? Do you think people are generally good or bad? Do you think you are generally liked or disliked? Answer the above questions honestly. They might tell you a lot about yourself.”
 
Alright there you have it, a pretty decent read eh?  Make it happen today!
 
Yours in Hospitality,
Brian
 
Article Source: August 28, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Motivations Articles
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Just not feelin the State Fair this year….wallet & arteries REJOICE!

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I hope I don’t sound like I am being Anti-Minnesotan with the title of today’s Nice Post!  Honestly, I technically am implanted into this state anyways, so perhaps that qualifies me as a neutral?  I’ve noticed that the State Fair seems to be the topic of conversation around these parts, which is kind of nice to take a break from the usual generic statement that we all hear about a billion times a day which consists of  “Oh, how about this weather today eh?”

Don’t get me wrong, other then the overpriced food, beer, admission and parking, the fair sounds like the music line up this year isn’t too bad.  Hell, Steely Dan is playing tonight, he’s a legend!   Weezer this coming Saturday, and even Toby Keith – for all you country music fans.  (I for one, would much rather listen to nails scratching across a chalk board then that crap!)

So consider today’s post somewhat of a “Rant” about how the MN State Fair is quite possibly one of the biggest rip off’s in the state, and each year the costs go higher and higher.  I blame it on St Paul. that shit hole of a city, also known as our state’s capital couldn’t even put on the Taste of Minnesota over the 4th of July, because they ran out of money!   The funny part is, people from St Paul are usually hostile towards people from Minneapolis, with this whole “other side of the tracks” thing.  In our case, it would be the other side of the river, but you catch my drift.  What are you gonna do huh? 

If there is one thing we can agree on in both cities of the Twin Cities area, it’s that all of our teams suck……..I mean Dyson Vaccum quality suck!  Minneapolis has the Vikings, T-Wolves, and Twins and St Paul has the Wild and St Paul Saints.  The only team, mind you, that has done a great job this past year was the Minnesota Lynx!  No offense ladies, but I bet if you took a poll across the whole country almost half of it wouldn’t even know that the WNBA or a women’s pro league even existed!  In the 8 years I’ve lived up here in Minneapolis I’ve always talked about getting out to a Lynx game, mainly to see Lyndsey Whalen, since I remember her kickin ass & takin names back in her U of M days, but I have still yet to attend.

Whew, this was a bit of a rant today, my apologies and I hope you’re still reading this 🙂  I’ll keep the rants to a fortnight, how’s that sound?  Rock out your Tuesday’s folks, do something new, keep it fresh and go out of your way to be NICE to be nice to people, you’ll feel alot better about your day!

Yours in Hospitality,

Brian D. Nylander 

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