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Advice of the Day for November 25, 2013

Posted by phduffy on 2013-11-24 23:19:10
Some of you have probably heard the Mr. Dress-up story. If not, it goes like this:

So I'm 4 or 5, or however old you are when you're into Mr. Dress-up, and my parents take me to Kitchener to see a live performance by Mr. Dress-up. There's a first half, and an intermission. At intermission, little Paul has to go to the bathrrom, so I make my way to the bathroom. I don't know if I end up in the wrong place, or if he's just so cool that he doesn't have his own private area, but when I enter the bathroom... Mr Dress-up is in there! So I meet Mr. Dress-up, and that's obviously awesome. Watch the rest of the show, go home.

Next day, I'm watching Mr. Dress-up. Show ends, and I'm all pissy. My mom says "Paul, what's wrong?", and I answer "He didn't say that he met me!" And that this was a valuable lesson to me about my place in the world. And sure, that's true. And that's where I usually end the story. But there's more to the story - it's not like I said that to my mom and she replied "That's right asshole, no one loves you". She chuckled, explained that Mr. Dress-up is a busy guy who meets a lot of people (and might have thrown in an explanation of how tv works), hugged me and told me she loved me. So yes, you are not the centre of the universe. Don't confuse that with not having friends and family who love and care about you and will support you when you need it. Some of you may have picked up a certain tone in the advice over the past 4 weeks - and yeah, something happened at work that left me pretty disappointed (nothing serious, just frustrating). But it's easy to get through stuff like that when you have great partner, friend and family. So, if you're having a rough go of it, remember - your friends and family are there for you.

Also, if your company needs a senior economist, let me know! I may know someone qualified. :)

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