Do more, be better

It’s all about the ”do”

by Harry on 24 December 2010, filed under Working It Out

If you sit at a bar with Joe Average and get him talking, there’s a good chance you’ll hear about his big plans or where he would like to be in 10 years time. Everyone does it. We all imagine ourselves achieving big things but so often it comes to nothing.

Why is that? A lack of talent? A lack of good luck and timing? Laziness?

I’ve long been fascinated by the advice you hear from high achievers; they say that in order to reach the pinnacle of success, you just need to believe in yourself. Then I’d turn that around on myself: I have a good education, good people skills and and a ton of self belief – yet here I am still battling, still waiting for the breakthrough. This led me to thinking that maybe these pep talks are just hot air; white lies to make us ordinary people feel that we too have a chance. Maybe the truth is you need a great mind or a rare creative talent in order to make it big.

Well, I’ve started to change my thinking a little. The simple reality is things don’t happen if you don’t take part. Whether or not talent is a factor, you have to be out there getting involved for the breakthrough to take place. Explaining mediocrity is actually quite simple. We just don’t do enough.

People who do stuff make things happen. Even if they start with no skill, poor timing and they are mixing with all the wrong people, it doesn’t actually matter. They fall over, they learn, they do things differently and they fall over again. But the key is to keep going through that loop until BOOM! – the timing, the luck and the readiness all comes together.

So our part in this story is the very first step. It’s all about the “do”. And we know that just reading books will never get you there. So we are working on some down to earth concepts (and a seriously cool piece of software) that we believe is going to help. It’s not the same old stuff in new packaging; we plan on turning things upside down.

By the way… it is not just about the “do” – it is also about the “be”, but I’ll talk about that later.

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