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Every day is an investment

Path you’d like to walk

You’re not lucky to have this job, they’re lucky to have you.

For how long are you willing to be trampled and humiliated as a perpetual “in-training professional“?

How long are you willing to temp. work and submit to part time jobs in order to acquire more skills and talents on jobs you don’t care for, and for people they don’t care for you?

Is your path somewhere you’d like to go?

Are you ready to circumvent the countless uncertainties and little setbacks?

What am I doing to develop my leadership skills and talents?

To help others be better persons in control of their potentials?

Seth Godin posted on May 17, 2013

Every day, you invest a little bit of yourself into your work.

One of the biggest choices available to you is where you’ll be making that investment.

That project that you’re working on, or that boss you report to… is it worth it?

Investing in the wrong place for a week or a month won’t kill you.

Spending 10 years contributing to something that you don’t care about, or working with someone who doesn’t care about you

You can do better.

Is Life full of holes?

Every scrutinized historical event fails to hold up to serious inspection.

There’s missing evidence.

How did he get from point A to point B? Where’s the document or the eyewitness or the proof?

Your future opportunities are like this as well.

Even at the hottest part of the 1998 Internet run up, skeptics wanted more proof that the internet wasn’t merely a waste of time. They wanted all the dots connected, and were happy to keep collecting dots until opportunity passed them by.

For a train to get from one city to another, it makes countless tiny leaps, crossing microscopic chasms that would easily show up if you looked closely enough.

That doesn’t keep you from getting there, though.

I don’t think the right question is, “is the path perfect?”

Probably the better question is: “Is this somewhere I’d like to go?”

It’s significantly easier to cross a gap when you have direction and momentum.

Overcoming the impossibility of amazing

If you set your bar at “amazing,” it’s awfully difficult to start.

Your first paragraph, sketch, formula, sample or concept isn’t going to be amazing. Your tenth one might not be either.

Confronted with the gap between your vision of perfect and the reality of what you’ve created, the easiest path is no path.

Shrug. Admit defeat. Hit delete.

One more reason to follow someone else and wait for instructions.

Of course, the only path to amazing runs directly through not-yet-amazing.

But not-yet-amazing is a great place to start, because that’s where you are. For now.

There’s a big difference between not settling and not starting.

Dan Rockwell asks you this simple test:

“What am I doing to develop my leadership?”

Lousy leaders don’t have an answer.

Marshall Goldsmith, named Harvard Business Review number one leadership thinker in the world, said:  “I always learn more from the people I coach than they learn from me“.

And it helps that Marshall only works with top leaders of top organizations in the world.

Grow your leadership by growing others.

Help yourself by helping others. Teachers learn more than students.

The surprising path to the top is helping others to the top.

Unselfishly develop yourself by unselfishly developing others.

Tip: Know less. Even if you think you know, listen and learn.

Tool to help you develop others and yourself: Managers as Mentors,” by Chip Bell and Marshall Goldsmith.




June 2023

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