Go and Dare Before You Die

CHANGING THE WORLD TAKES ENERGY:  This past week a series of comments and readings got me thinking about the quote by Goethe, “Go and Dare Before You Die” shared with me by Copthorne MacDonald.   The three comments were…

Comment 1: Deming Master Walter Werner - shared a quote from education pioneer Hamilton Holt:  “Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.” 

Comment 2: A friend talking about an entrepreneur we knew explained, “Don’t kid yourself his success comes from hard work. He works his butt off to make his business a success.”

Comment 3: A friend, talking about what it would take to grow a non-profit we both knew, “It’s going to take someone who puts in the time and energy.  They need to be fully focused on making it work. ”

WHERE TO INVEST YOUR ENERGY:  The summer is a great time to reflect on where you are in life and where you should be investing your time and energy.  As Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond Novels said, ““Never say no to adventures.  Always say yes.  Otherwise you will lead a very dull life.”

HOW TO INVEST YOUR ENERGY: When you are ready to fully commit yourself… here’s three things to think on as you get ready to go, go, go for it.

  1. FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS:  Focus your energy on the one (maximum two) making a difference on something that really matters to three: 1)  to you,  2) to your community (company) and 3) to the world (customers).  It has to be a WIN for all three or else or you won’t be successful.
  2. LEARN MORE:  To make a real difference with something that is Meaningfully Unique you will need to become a learner again.   You need to approach your challenge with a mental humbleness - being open to new ways of thinking about your challenge. 
  3. EXPERIMENT:  To make a real difference with something that is Meaningfully Unique you will need to become a learner again. (Yes I repeated that on purpose it’s that important).  And one of the best ways to learn is to start experimenting.  Find ways to try, do, test, and learn.   

WHEN YOU RUN INTO OPPOSITION:  Remember what Albert Einstein said, “Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds.”

Onward!