Stop and Look Around, Don’t Miss It

Published: 9/16/2016

At this week’s Chamber Executive Committee meeting, Board Chair Teri Bazen led the group through a fun activity. She passed around a bag of pennies and we all took a few and then shared something remarkable from the year on each penny. Some of us had a hard time going back several decades, and some had vivid memories (others had a hard time just reading the year on the penny!). This got me thinking about time and how we all take it for granted. I think Ferris Bueller said it best when he said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” What John Hughes wrote in that famous movie (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is 30 years old this year – talk about time flying!) seems as poignant today as it was back in 1986.

We are all busy, right? But what are we busy doing? Are you “moving the needle” or are you just doing busywork? There are certainly administrative tasks we all have to do but are there other tasks that just keep you busy? I was taught long ago that you should gauge the value of the task you are working on – if it’s of little or no value, drop it (I confess that this is easier said than done). Meetings keep us busy as well, eating up a great deal of time. Do you really need that meeting, or can it be handled in a different way? Does the meeting even have value? I read a great book called “Death by Meetings.” It spells out several solutions to the common meeting, allowing for more efficient sharing of information (it’s a quick read, give it a shot). So, I guess, my question to you is: what can you give up (meeting, task, etc.) that provides little or no value to you or your organization (is it just busy work?) freeing you up to accomplish bigger and better things? Let me know, I’d love to hear what you are doing to improve your workday!

This is hard to believe, but we are only a few weeks away from the Taste of the Region & Business Expo. With over 20 food booths already confirmed, you won’t want to miss this event. This is a great event where everyone involved wins! Attendees win because the price is right (only $10/person for an all-access wrist band) and they get to sample great food and meet local businesses. Exhibitors win as they get to connect with potential customers. The City of Cerritos wins as many who have not been to the beautiful Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts get a chance to visit this wonderful community treasure. Finally, the Chamber wins as we help the business community while raising needed funds to keep our programs and events moving forward.




Scott Smith 
Executive Director 

Quote of the Week:

My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. – Steve Jobs

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