Gregory Russell Benedikt

Living Life on The Precipice of a Smile

Published 5 months ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader,

If you're new here, there's something you must know.

Mondays are for mustache humor.

If you can't handle that, I get it.

Not everyone can handle the truth.

I recently hired a private investigator to track down a few people.

Those cold and timid souls who hit the unsubscribe button.

Do you want to know what they all had in common?

A ludicrous love of shaving cream...

What I'm learning about 🧠

Here's your fun(ny) fact for the day:

"Laughing is like exercising, meditating, and having sex at the same time. But logistically easier."

This is a line from a Ted Talk I recently listened to about why great leaders take humor seriously.

Not only does humor increase connection, but it also releases a cocktail of endorphins that make you a better communicator.

The founder of my Toastmasters club had an extremely successful career as an author and a professional speaker.

She said that people would always ask her if being funny was required to be a professional speaker.

Her answer:

Only if you want to get paid!

The reason I start every newsletter with humor is that I am a master at taking myself too seriously.

In the Ted Talk I shared above, the speakers give us permission to:

Do serious things without taking ourselves too seriously.

Just because you have a grand mission doesn't mean you have to suppress your smiles.

And the more I read about great leaders the more I realize that mastery means being quick to laugh and make light of the heaviness.

As you head into another week, make sure to bring some levity, laughter, and love with you.

You and everyone you interact with will be better off.

I'll leave you with the best thing I've heard in a while:

Live your life on the precipice of a smile :)

Quote of the week 📜

“In order to change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one’s mind and psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.”

Anaïs Nin

What I'm co-creating 🎨

Last week I had one of the best conversations I've had in a while.

It was sparked by receiving a text that read:

"If you ever want to talk about leukemia / near-death experiences, modeling/body image, mental health stuff, and going for my dream, let's chat."

You can listen to this extraordinary conversation by tuning into the latest episode of The Dare to Dream Podcast.

I promise you will leave it feeling nourished and inspired.

Click here to listen!

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