Every week I try to share with you lessons that I’ve learned the previous week. I try to answer common questions or share an important message that will help you in your career and business. This week, I was inspired by a few separate quotes. I am going to share these pockets of inspiration with you, and why they inspired me. I hope they inspire you as well!
Pockets of Inspiration
Inspiration can come from anywhere, and this week it seemed to come from everywhere. Inspiration is important because it is the root of motivation. Motivation is what gets you through the day, and inspiration is what achieves goals. I have four quotes that I came across this week, that provided immediate inspiration for me. My hope is when you read them, they’ll trigger some inspiration for you as well.
You Can Do It!
“If you can imagine it, you can design it. If you can design ,it you can build it.”
My son will be entering middle school next year, so my wife and I were exploring middle school options. We visited a local charter school where they displayed a banner with the above quote. Unfortunately, credit for the quote wasn’t given. I thought this was an important message though, not just for our youth but for everyone. Many adults can imagine the life they want. They can imagine a dream lifestyle, career or business. The MegaMillions Lotto just reached $1.6 Billion last week and I heard many people imagining what they’d do with that kind of money.
Many people do not believe they can design and build the career or business they want. They think they have to be lucky, or success is reserved for the few. But just as there is a scientific process for designing and building something, there is a process for creating a successful business, or a successful career. To design and build your business and career will take hard work, education, sacrifice and at times failures. I can tell you though that it is all worth it when you finally create the business and career you imagine!
“Things may come to those who wait, but only those things that are left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln
In other words, go get it! I don’t think President Lincoln was discounting the need for patience as much as he was warning against the dangers of procrastination. Napoleon Hill wrote about the dangers of procrastination in his bestselling book Think and Grow Rich. In fact, most of the books I’ve studied on success will tell you that you need to have a relentless pursuit of your goal so you can finally achieve it. Hustle requires dedication, perseverance, and motivation. It is much easier to settle for the status quo and put things off until tomorrow.
I coach my kids in sports and one of the rules I tell them for winning is to hustle, give 100% all day every day! I have met with many people that either want to advance their career or start a business. One major thing holding them back is the time it’ll take to learn a new skill or achieve a certification. Let’s take for example a woman that wants to achieve an executive position at her company. She may decide that getting an MBA would help her achieve that goal. But getting an MBA takes time and effort. She may decide it’s too much work. With the new job, and the kids, how is she going to find time? So, she procrastinates. Eventually three, four, five years go by, and still no MBA. With a little hustle she could have had her MBA. I mean the time is going to go by anyway, why not take advantage of it?
“If people don’t feel it, they won’t do it.” – Jack Stack
This comes from an awesome book, The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack. In this book, the author talks about the importance of getting employees excited about their work, and goal achieving. He talks about all kinds of incentives they put in place to help foster this excitement, but he also knows that when people aren’t excited, they typically don’t work as hard.
In my consulting work, I often ask clients what they want to accomplish. Surprisingly, that is often that people just don’t know. I guess as be become adults we stop imagining what it is we want and start accepting what we have. Or we think we’re supposed to want something so we pretend we do. One of my clients recently came to this realization. I had her doing an exercise where she was coming up with a list of things she wanted to accomplish. Then, she was to concentrate on each thing and imagine what it’d be like when you accomplished it. She wrote down things on the list she thought she wanted. A lot of these things were the stuff successful people are supposed to have. She soon realized there were some items she couldn’t get excited about. We immediately took that off the list. We needed her to focus on what she did want, and what made her excited. After that her business started to skyrocket!
“I won’t be a rock star. I’ll be a legend.” – Freddie Mercury
In what universe is being a rock star not good enough? That was my first reaction when I saw this quote. Apparently in Freddie Mercury’s universe, it wasn’t enough! I’d say that the lead singer of Queen became a legend.
It doesn’t matter what line of work you are in, there is no inspiration in settling for second place. Nobody goes to the Olympics dreaming of brining home a silver medal. There isn’t football player out there that dreams of getting drafted to a mediocre team. And, the very best in any profession don’t dream of winning their equivalent of a Superbowl, they dream of dynasties and legacies. Michael Phelps didn’t dream of winning a gold medal, he dreamed of winning the most gold medals. Lesson learned here, dream as far as your imagination will take you, then take one more step!
This Week’s Challenge
This week’s challenge to find something that inspires you. Use your imagination, set that goal and hustle until you accomplish it. When you do you’ll find more meaning in your work and your life!
If you would like to discuss more ways to help your business grow or if you feel you have a specific problem that needs to be addressed, please reach out to me.