RANDOM THOUGHTS AND GO.
This week BELIEVE. Believe God has a plan for you. Believe it will work out. Believe.
Life is short. AMAZINGLY SHORT. Blink of an eye short. That is not sad, it’s amazing. Enjoy the ride my friends.
Gaps. Talked to a builder last week. He doesn’t leave gaps. Goes from thing to thing. I said, leave gaps. That way you are relaxed. Ready for the unexpected. And even if you are late, you are on time.
Seriously, ARE YOU THE PERSON YOU WANT TO HANG AROUND? Look in the mirror. Ask yourself, am I that person?
ESSENTIALISM. I love that term. Priorities. We must set priorities. Then stay there. Live there. If we are overwhelmed, that is a ME thing, not a WORK THING. If your job duties, business, work load has grown, what tasks did you give up along the way? OH, NONE. HA, I BE YOU ARE STRESSED. GIVE UP TO GROW!
WE HAVE TO DO MUCH LESS. WE HAVE TO IMPACT MUCH MORE!
I was asked last week to put down 3 things that I thought we would accomplish the next 3 years and be proud of.
- HAPPY SALES NINJAS. I just want our sales people HAPPY. TRAINED ASSASSINS. HAPPY mostly though. I see so many stressed out, burning those around them, and for what? It’s something I know we will accomplish.
- Be top workplace back to back years. Wouldn’t that be fun?
3. Be a company where our clients business can’t thrive without us. I like that one too.
For me personally in the next 3 years, I want to have less control of the company, but influence more. Steve Jobs said something along the lines of, you don’t hire smart people to give them a plan. You hire smart people so they can make a plan.
My themes are always the same. Probably almost boring if you know me. Love, Serve, Care. Etc.
That’s a good thing I think.
For our customers, we have to do MORE. They want our help. Doug Berg, a rockstar in Columbus, is trying to help a builder, create value so the contractor won’t thrive without our uniqueness. He said he is putting 4 to 5 hours a day into the last 2 weeks. CRAMMING like it’s a college paper. It’s wonderful. He’s learning so much. You must put the dedicated work in to achieve this.
We aren’t going to “try one job” and see how it goes, we are going to “help his business”.
I bet you can make someone’s day brighter today. I just know it. And if you can’t that’s ok too. But just don’t make it WORSE for them.
Here’s something odd you probably wouldn’t assume. I love Winnie the Pooh. Always have.
Here’s a great Pooh story I will leave you with.
It occurred to Pooh and Piglet that they hadn’t heard from Eeyore for several days, so they put on their hats and coats and trotted across the Hundred Acre Wood to Eeyore’s stick house. Inside the house was Eeyore.
“Hello Eeyore,” said Pooh.
“Hello Pooh. Hello Piglet,” said Eeyore, in a Glum Sounding Voice.
“We just thought we’d check in on you,” said Piglet, “because we hadn’t heard from you, and so we wanted to know if you were okay.”
Eeyore was silent for a moment. “Am I okay?” he asked, eventually. “Well, I don’t know, to be honest. Are any of us really okay? That’s what I ask myself. All I can tell you, Pooh and Piglet, is that right now I feel really rather Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. Which is why I haven’t bothered you. Because you wouldn’t want to waste your time hanging out with someone who is Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All, would you now.”
Pooh looked at Piglet, and Piglet looked at Pooh, and they both sat down, one on either side of Eeyore in his stick house.
Eeyore looked at them in surprise. “What are you doing?”
“We’re sitting here with you,” said Pooh, “because we are your friends. And true friends don’t care if someone is feeling Sad, or Alone, or Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. True friends are there for you anyway. And so here we are.”
“Oh,” said Eeyore. “Oh.” And the three of them sat there in silence, and while Pooh and Piglet said nothing at all; somehow, almost imperceptibly, Eeyore started to feel a very tiny little bit better.
Because Pooh and Piglet were There.
No more; no less.