Our average life expectancy is 78 years, or 28, 470 days. To fail only 100 times in search of our purpose is trivial. To give up is criminal. You deserve better. Keep going. I did. And you can too.
When it comes to our job, how often should we feel guilt for not trying harder? I mean it’s incredibly challenging to give 100% all day, everyday. Right?
Yet this is the way I was raised, from my first position (1982) as Jungle Cruise Skipper. It’s a legacy for which I’m
obligated privileged to uphold. And I gave it my all yesterday. Barely enough energy to order and eat dinner in the hotel room.
Back to the question’s answer – never!
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.
Want a tip to help you resist the urge to wait? In a moment, I’ll share what happened last month, what I did about it, and how it impacted my leadership philosophy.
But it’s a double edge sword isn’t it? If consistency is the hallmark of quality, and continuous improvement is the key to becoming world class, how do you balance risk and reward?
Faced with a opportunity to do something the way I’ve always done it, or a way I’ve been dreaming about but always chicken out, I was once again presented the opportunity, but was afraid I’d pass on it again.
But not this time. Finally choose the way I had envisioned.
It was amazingly exhilarating! Why? Which is a good question because the thing I did differently, was actually very small in the big scheme of things.
Then why was it exhilarating? Because conquering a small fear builds the confidence to conquer another small fear.
Eventually, the fears that get conquered are bigger and bigger, until we are faced with very little fear that we can’t act on.
Well, we will always come across scary things, but the confidence to confront and conquer is a priceless ROI for small risk taking habit.
The key, the simple tip – “Do at least one thing each day that scares you.”