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The Watermelon Test

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Eating a piece of watermelon in the summer is fantastic isn’t it? We get to this delicious moment by picking the perfect melon. A lot can be said about how we go about getting the best of something.

If you’re anything like me, buying a beautiful watermelon at the store only to find that it’s tasteless and mealy can be highly disappointing. Frustratingly enough, this has happened to me countless times. Until of course, I decided to get wiser about how I go about selecting the fruit. I figure that educating myself on specific characteristics (good and bad) will help me navigate the selection better. And sure enough, after a bit of research and reading, I discovered one article in particular that provides some really good information on watermelon ripeness.

Bright Side shared tips and tricks on how to pick a perfect watermelon. What I found useful about this information was it provided concrete tips rather than subjective ones. For instance:

  • Look for the Field Spot: The yellow spot, known as the field spot, is the place where the watermelon rested on the ground. Ripe watermelons always have creamy yellow or even orange-yellow spots, not white.
  • Look for Webbing:: These weblike brown spots on the watermelon mean that bees touched the pollinating parts of the flower many times. The more pollination, the sweeter the fruit is.
  • Seek out the Girl Melons: Many people do not know that farmers differentiate watermelons by gender. For example, ’boys’ are bigger, have an elongated shape, and a watery taste. The ’girls’ have a rounded shape and are very sweet.
  • Pay attention to Size: Select an average-sized fruit. And note, please: large or small, the watermelon should feel heavy for its size.
  • Check out the Tail: A dried tail indicates that the watermelon is ripe. However, if the tail is green, it probably means that the watermelon was picked too soon and will not be ripe.

Clear and concise, now you know how to pick out the best watermelon. So let’s get on to the actual purpose of this blog post (if you haven’t figured it out already). What does a ripe melon have to do with business anyway?

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Seeking Improvement to Achieve Greatness

Besides the obvious reward where sweet fruit is the prize, investing in areas that need improvement can elevate your happiness, productivity and success as well as open doors for continuous innovation and growth. The key to it all is simply taking the first step. We at AccelaWork are strong advocates for business improvement because we believe that jobs and the responsibilities therein should constantly be evolving to reflect upon the changing patterns in business, technology and communication. Robby Slaughter, a principal of AccelaWork, also points out that taking on this type of perspective positively influences employees and their contentment at work:

. . . companies that are more efficient are more engaging for their employees. The less we have to do that we’ve always done, the more we get to do something new and exciting. Anytime there is the opportunity for positive change, that means people can grow. And that’s something every organization should work to offer to its stakeholders.

Take a moment to think about your work and your daily actions. Are things expected to always stay the same? Do you ever face bumps in the road or changes in direction? If not, perhaps you’re simply ignoring these opportunities. And yes, before you re-read the last sentence, I did say opportunities because dealing with the unexpected can be a good thing! Without the need for change, nothing would ever evolve or be improved.

Just imagine if your job description involved words like never change or do not stray or always follow instructions. What would that mean for our jobs? What would it mean for our ability to create and problem solve? What would it mean for our sanity and happiness? There’s no doubt that it would be hard. Whether its brain power, time, money or a combination of such efforts, seeking improvement at work to achieve greater results can make all the difference when it comes to productivity and happiness.

Do me a favor. Take some time to consider areas of your job that could use a real boost. Research ways for improvement. Take action and see what happens. I’m willing to bet you’ll begin to see positive change that allows for some well-deserved and sweet benefits!

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Ashley Lee

Ashley Lee

Ashley has been working with the AccelaWork team since 2008. She is a communications expert with a background in corporate work, and a graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in Public Relations. She lives in the greater Indianapolis area with her husband and four children. Ashley enjoys jewelry, fashion, and coffee.
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