"Each and every one of us are FSO starfish; every day it should be our goal to spread the love and happiness of our wonderful company to the field, the clients and future members of our family. The love running throughout this company is infectious and it’s impossible to not share it with everyone I come in contact"
This is Friday, InspireME Friday to be exact, the day of the week day when MitchWeiner.com sends you off to your weekend on a high note. Because, achievement begins with an inspiration.
For the past few weeks we've gotten great response selecting and sharing with the world some very special motivational messages that our own employees, from all walks of the company, publish internally every day.
To cap off an amazing week I know a girl, she puts COLOR inside my world. She's my daughter, FSO people Solutions Specialist, Chelsea Weiner. Today I share her story and an analogy that is incredibly meaningful to her, as it soon will be to all of us, in a highly personal way: The tale of the Starfish.
Whenever someone brings anything Starfish related to Chelsea's attention it reminds her that she has kept promise to a dear friend whose young life was cut short when he volunteered to be designated driver from a party and got rear ended at a stoplight by a drunk driver which pushed the car into oncoming traffic. He was killed instantly and everyone else in the car survived. This story is Chelsea's way of honoring her friend's memory and letting his love and light shine brightly on. Chelsea writes:
"GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING FSO AND WELCOME TO YOUR WEEKEND!
What a great day for everyone to reach out their arms (NO YAWNING HAHA) and spread the FSO love!
Speaking of spreading our arms; did you know if you cut a starfish into pieces all of its appendages will grow back, creating a few new starfish?! How cool is that! Each and every one of us are FSO starfish; every day it should be our goal to spread the love and happiness of our wonderful company to the field, the clients and future members of our family.How did the Starfish become a powerful and fitting tribute to her friend's life? Chelsea explained, "On my 16th birthday he told me he couldn’t make it to my party but brought me a gift which was a starfish necklace. It was BEAUTIFUL, he told me that starfish can be cut up into little pieces and re-grow their appendages and that reminded him of me. I asked him why and he said because I’m was part of every clique in the school - athletes, popular, choral, acting, skater, loners, etc. He could see that I just loved making friends, letting people know that I was someone they could always come to; he had never met anyone else like me. I was in tears just listening to him and he made me promise that no matter what I would never lose that characteristic."
Imagine you’re one of the pieces of the once whole starfish; this is your chance, today, it’s your new beginning! You have been given the opportunity to show what you’re made of, to be so much stronger and better than you were just the day before.
We are so lucky that we have Mitch, our incredible and fearless leader, who continues to pave the way for us every day. He never fails to show us the true meaning of being available 25/8 not 24/7. Mitch is the perfect example of what it means to be an FSO starfish; going above and beyond and giving everything he has to us, the field, and the clients. It’s our job to give that same effort and more back to him and the field as well! Show ‘em what you’ve got!
Recently, I have shifted from spending all of my time training and developing our employees to having the privilege of meeting with clients, sitting in sales meetings, meeting future prospects and more. I have been given the opportunity to be a starfish myself! I wear my FSO pin proudly while showing what PERSONAL, PASSIONATE AND PRODUCTIVE means everywhere I go. What do you do every day to do the same? Are you an FSO brand ambassador?
The love running throughout this company is infectious and it’s impossible to not share it with everyone I come in contact with (and if you don’t feel the love, let me know, and The Wonder Twins will show you what it’s all about!!). So as you get ready to start your day take a second to think; how am I contributing to the FSO competitive difference? How can I be better? How can I get to infinity and beyond? How can I be that starfish?
START YOUR DAY WITH A BANG!
WE CAN DO IT!
WE WILL DO IT!
MAKE IT COUNT FSO USA!" ~~ Chelsea Weiner People Solutions Specialist
Though it's a sad story where Chelsea's love of Starfish came from, it is a constant reminder that friends are always looking over us. That in mind, it's not just an advertising slogan that "friends don't let friends drink and drive."
Remember alcohol + driving = death. It happened to Chelsea's friend and it can happen to anyone. Please drink responsibly.
With this weekend approaching seasonal halftime and "peak party", I can't think of a more important message to leave you with as you soak up all of the weekend fun that is uniquely summer and precious in the time that remains.
Make a difference - catch someone doing something good… make it count.. make it great and always SMILE!
Enjoy your weekend and Love Life!
Mitchell D. Weiner
Chief Happiness Officer