Monthly Archives: January 2019

Mediocrity Trap

Mediocrity is like a piece of cheese in a mouse trap. It seems good because it’s comfortably out in the open. It’s just right there. I don’t have to look for the safer option. What is safer than the win with the least amount of effort? If it looks and feels easy or, to put it another

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Better Than That

Sometimes we get into funks that place us in a state of being that seem like we are taking a step back from how far we’ve made it. What happens when I realize I am better than where I’m at? Was my best day a fluke? Does today’s context create a different expectation and therefore justify the

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Greatness

Is it healthy? Probably not. A lack of balance and health may be enough to cause many to settle short of ever achieving something truly great. Greatness requires a level of personal sacrifice that borders on the line of ridiculous. This must be true because greatness is always remarkable and therefore noteworthy and rare. People know it

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Satisfaction

Greatness doesn’t come from becoming satisfied by everyday success. Greatness isn’t a satisfying experience. Merriam-Webster defines satisfaction as putting an end to something. Satisfaction stops us. The common thread of those who transcend us all to a unique greatness is a restlessness that never seeks satisfaction. Greatness sees beyond the finish line to the next finish line

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Good is Dangerous

Good is dangerous because it’s not bad. Not bad is often the default standard for the ordinary person’s day. There are days where nothing bad happening is the best a person can hope for but it shouldn’t be the default. Good is dangerous because it’s hard to argue against. “Look at all the good we have done!”

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Bad Actors and Best Practices

Some of the best practices get a bad name because of a few bad actors. Car salesmen come to mind. Not all car salesmen are as bad as the stereotype suggests. Some are honest people just trying to make a sale so they can make a living. The same is true about some best practices teams tend

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Finding the Summit

Success makes us busy because when we do something successful, we find that there is no real summit on the mountain to rest on. There is always another path to climb. This is why success is not often long-lived or repeated. The additional work that comes with winning often causes people to relax and thus head back

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Ask

I often wonder about how many questions go unanswered because they gone unasked. How many arguments could be avoided if a simple question was asked to provide the clarity needed to prevent the disruptive misunderstanding? How many mistakes could be preempted by a simple “stupid” question that we avoid in order to preserve our reputation until the

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Ask Questions

New is scary. The best way to initiate a training that you need is to ask questions. This is easier said than done because we often do not want to look like we don’t know something so we fake it until we make it or get found out. Sometimes we fear that there will be an unfair

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Anxiety Cure

The presence of anxiety in a job is almost always a direct result of a lack of training. I believe most people want to do their best work but many are under-trained and therefore suffer large amounts of unnecessary anxiety. Knowing what to do without knowing exactly how to do it can be a nightmare for someone

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