Last night at the Hilton…
Next year gives us more time – a full year to keep improving – wouldn’t it be something if this little collection of five-daily-blogs was a Top 10,”Social Media of 2011″ finalist?
“Social media in all forms are becoming the dominant form of interaction on the Net, whether blogging, Twittering, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Six Pixels of Separation clearly describes this new family of media, offering realistic ways to get involved and productive in a hurry.” — Craig Newmark, founder of Craigs List
Living in Central Florida, surrounded by Palm Trees and Sunshine is well, glorious. (That’s just wrong to write something like that in the middle of Winter, isn’t it?)
Alright, let’s try this – living next to Walt Disney World, with all it’s Theme parks, luxurious Disney resorts, stunning landscape, friendly Cast Members, spectacular entertainment, and first class dining is well, glorious. (Okay, strike two, right?)
Well, last night I began planning today’s work. It started with a vision for what I need to do today and how well it should be done.
Is there ever a day when we can not worry about delivering exceptional customer service, or as Disney labels it, magical Guest experiences? No seriously, Disney has a standard where 99 out of 100 is failure. There is never a day where mediocrity is acceptable. NEVER.
One of the secrets of great leaders is to begin the day’s work the night before.
But you already knew that, right?
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.
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.