I found this insightful list of hard things to do and my plan was to put it in my newsletter for January to motivate us all………………. Well, I strategically placed it in a secure location that took me two months to find. So for all of us late adopters, here is some information from Dan Waldschmidt, a business strategist and author of the blog “Edgy Conversations.” It is called “19 Hard Things You Need to Do to Be Successful,” each one serves to motivate us to be the most successful version of our self.
- You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
- You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
- You have to give more than you get in return right away.
- You have to care more about others than they care about you.
- You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody and sore.
- You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
- You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
- You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
- You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.
- You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.
- You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.
- You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts.”
- You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.
- You have to try and fail and try again.
- You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.
- You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.
- You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.
- You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.
- You have to keep moving toward where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.
Every day, we make the choice about how to live our life. I think integrity, a good work ethic and a positive attitude will take us far.
On another topic, we often have discussions about our kids. There is an interview with Simon Sinek on Millennials you should see. I think it is a humorous and interesting discussion that many of you would enjoy. Check it out and let me know what you think next time I see you in the office.