There have been many days in my long-lived (at least it seems like it’s been long) accounting career when I lack the motivation and focus to do my job, let alone anything else. Some days I just feel like surfing the Internet but even that gets old. And I can only check the email on my iPhone so many times. I can get so far down into my unmotivated groundhog hole, that it nearly takes a miracle to get me to come out and see my shadow. And in said long-lived career, I’ve discovered there’s really only two ways to get me out. One is to put on Stevie Wonder, the other is Billy Joel.

And when I start to hear them through my earbuds, I start getting pumped. Not really pumped about work, but pumped about feeling motivated for something. And those days are what we call a Billy or Stevie day.

Back in my Nortel life, my fellow friend, LC, and I used to inform each other of said days. I’m calling her LC for two reasons: her name is Lauren and I got her hooked on Laguna and the Hills. And yes I take pride in the latter reason. (You are welcome, Lauren). She knows the power of Billy and Stevie and even when we stopped working together, we’d always IM each other just to say, “It’s a Billy day”.

You should try it.

Billy suggestions: “The Stranger” album. Also, “We Didn’t Start The Fire”, “My Life”, “Big Shot”, “Allentown”, “You May Be Right” and “Don’t Ask Me Why”.

Stevie suggestions: “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”, “Sir Duke” and of course, “Superstition”.

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