Tom Stafford describes a cure for this that we can apply to career clarity: Instead of asking, “How much do I value this item?” we should ask “If I did not own this item, how much would I pay to obtain it?” And the same goes for career opportunities. We shouldn’t ask, “How much do I value this opportunity?” but “If I did not have this opportunity, how much would I be willing to sacrifice in order to obtain it?”
If success is a catalyst for failure because it leads to the “undisciplined pursuit of more,” then one simple antidote is the disciplined pursuit of less. Not just haphazardly saying no, but purposefully, deliberately, and strategically eliminating the nonessentials. Not just once a year as part of a planning meeting, but constantly reducing, focusing and simplifying. Not just getting rid of the obvious time wasters, but being willing to cut out really terrific opportunities as well. Few appear to have the courage to live this principle, which may be why it differentiates successful people and organizations from the very successful ones.
After another long day of figuring out my computer woes and sending emails to potential clients that handed them a piece of their own asses, I needed to see this.
I get caught up thinking that every single opportunity needs to be embraced and taken.
But I didn’t get here, because I was that way. I needed to remember that discipline.
Oddly enough, and some of you might remember these days, back when I was a Christian, I’d make these similar statements about the bible. You know, you’d read a passage and somehow think it pertained to your day, right now, in a way it didn’t yesterday.
Same words. Different context.
Glad those days are gone.
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