Are you satisfied?
When you wake up every day, what are some of the first things you do or think about? Did you start thinking about today last night?
The workday begins the night before.
So last night, in thinking about yesterday’s post and the reference to the Fast Company article, I’m good with it ending the way it did.
Do you start blaming others and thinking about all the things “they” need to do? Or do you look in the mirror and analyze what you need to fix?
This will determine, in large part, your success or failure.
What was interesting was that just yesterday, these jeff noel blogs set a single day record for daily visits. It’s taken years to get “here”.
And I got here by doing stuff, not by anything else.
- Creative than you ever have
- Focused than you ever have
- Willing to fix yourself than you ever have
- Determined than you ever have
And find your purpose. That’s the key. You know it and I know it. We all read about it, and listen to others talk about it.
Talk is cheap. And so is lying to ourselves.
Continuous improvement and ongoing professional education are crucial for staying competitive and thriving in a down economy.
We should be doing all we can to do stuff, not read and study stuff.
We should be doing stuff. Stuff that our gut tells us is right. Stuff that our gut tells us needs to be started yesterday.
We can read articles and attend seminars, but at some point, in my humble opinion, we need to start doing something, something more.
At the end of this post, you’ll have a link to a recent Fast Company article about finding creative, untraditional ways to solve unsolvable problems challenges.
It’s four pages long. I “got it” after the first page, but read the second page as well, out of guilt – for fear of looking obnoxious or boastful. Whatever, right?
Listen, I’m so annoyed and fired up, that I need to end this post now. After some cool down time, will try again tomorrow to finish this. Well, maybe. Maybe my point has already been made.
Click here if you want to read the Fast Company thing.
PS. Just for the record, I read a ton, in between doing stuff and getting uncommon results.
Who needs me to draw a map?
No seriously, I hope you’re getting this. Hey, everyone is busy. You don’t think I know that? Come on, I get it.
But do others get it? There is never going to be a time when you will have time. It hurts to hear this, doesn’t it?
So now is the time. And this is the place for simple, daily reflections on excellence. It has to be a daily habit, or it will never be excellent.
You can be very good, without a daily habit, but not excellent.
My whole point last week, spontaneously inspired by a ten-minute walk outside that Dallas hotel, was what Tom Peters calls: “A Brand Called You”. Others call it , “Me Inc”.
Don’t believe me? Then click here to read an August 2007 Fast Company article from Tom Peters entitled, A Brand Called You.
MBA courses insist you take accounting. Ever hear an MBA student rave about their accounting classes? Wouldn’t it make more sense to teach students what to look for in a good CPA?
Don’t leaders in organizations have finance departments?
Isn’t the leader’s purpose to lead? To set the course? To dream, to communicate and to inspire the vision?
Maybe I’m missing something. Maybe I’m not.
So, just wanted to get our minds thinking about this.
All I’m pointing out is that society places a certain “worth” on an MBA degree. I’m not disagreeing with that.
Society also places a certain worth on reading the best selling business books. Not disagreeing with that either.
For me, what it all comes down to is that degrees, or books, don’t matter much if you can’t translate what you know – into something much better than before.
It’s almost like buying a gym membership, or exercise equipment, but not using it.