People Hate Bull

Watch Your Step
Watch Your Step

And it seems as if people like it when I talk about how much hating bull can be a good thing.

Any idea how hard it is to be on fire, every single day, with a passion for excellence?

On the trip home from Hartford, Connecticut last week, while in the Orlando International Airport Men’s room (which smelled like a pasture), it hit me.

There is no way people can expect themselves or others to be passionate about something they themselves aren’t.

Duh, right.

So if you don’t like what you do, who you do it for, or both, get away from it.  Of course, this is tougher in a down economy.  But a down economy is the best time to prepare for the upswing.

It will come.  And if you are waiting for it, you are already behind. Now is the time to make your move. And even now may be a bit on the late side. But what if you continue to wait?

Sad indeed. No pity from me. You’re a grown up. Figure it out. Read. Study. Observe. Stay up late. Get up early. No one else is going to do this for you.

Stop looking at leadership and the organization as a parent.

I have a great optometrist if anybody needs one.


By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Tough Love. Brutal Honesty. I like it.

    Wake up and smell the coffee.

    Take responsibility for your future…..NOW!

    Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way.

    Quote of the Day:

    “Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.” Ronald Reagan 40th US President

  2. JJ,

    Stay up late. Get up early.

    two blogs earlier


    Which one is it?

    I’m edgey today…can you tell?

  3. Skip, check out tomorrow’s blog. You’ll be in it.
    Try not to stay up late, but do it if you have to.
    Always wake up early. Even if you go to bed late.
    Figure it out people. Nobody is gonna hold your hand. It’s your life.

  4. Craig, my gut hurts too, but not too much. Had an awesome core workout yesterday.

    Hey everybody, we all get the same 24 hours each day.

    How you spend them is your choice.

    And once again, nobody’s gonna hold your hand. Figure it out.

  5. Jeff, this reminds of something I have told young people over and over:

    No one cares about your career path as much as you do.

    No one.


    It’s up to you.

  6. Well said Mike.
    People, especially inexperienced (which doesn’t necessarily mean young) people, really struggle with this.
    Heck, it took me decades to realize that.
    I mean, I knew it, but you would have never known from my behaviors.
    Thanks for your profoundly simple insight.

  7. Fight the battle not the plan. The plan goes out the window after the first shot….oh and by the way, the enemy (whatever or whomever that may be) has a vote in the outcome of the battle.

  8. Dude, this is bloody brilliant.
    Was just talking about this yesterday, about how a vision for how you want the day to go goes out the window with the first unexpected challenge (computer crash, severe weather, people not showing up for work, mechanical breakdown, et) comes about.
    LOve the metaphor of the first shot…

  9. But Jeff, if you never have that vision to start the day, you are more at the whim of whatever comes along. A ship is at the mercy of the wind. But the rudder can still hold you true to your course.

    There is your metaphor of the day!

  10. David, agreed. We must start each day with our vision and then be prepared (because you know it’s coming) for the unexpected.

    The most beautiful thing about a vision is that it is a picture of the future, not a tablet written in stone (that’s the vision statement).

    Simplicity, and lofty, is also key.

    My vision every morning = “humble servant”.

    Anyone else want to share their daily vision?

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