Friday, July 19, 2013

What Successful People Never Do

It’s a Friday and we’re in Day Six of a near-triple-digit heat wave here in the Northeast. Obviously productivity is not at 100 percent across most of the working world (look how late our post is this week).
Half the people you count on are away for vacation or pretty much mailing it in before they leave. The other half are running around like chickens with their heads off, frantically checking things off a punch list that seems to gets longer (not shorter) the closer they get to their vacation departure date.

Some of our clients are blowing off our weekly “gut check” calls and that’s where the highest performing organizations separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Like great sports teams, elite military units and award winning symphonies, they find that extra gear that allows them to grind it out and focus when everyone else is mailing it in. The dividends for that kind of discipline will be huge after Labor Day.

Bernard Marr, a best-selling author and business performance expert sent us this great post the other day and it really gave us a lift around the office. “The is one thing all radically successful people have in common,” notes Marr, “Their ferocious drive and hunger for success makes them never give up.” Contrary to popular opinion, they’re not always successful at everything they do, but they have a unique ability to “pick themselves up, dust themselves off and carry on trying.”
To drive his point home, Marr deconstructs the failures of Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, Bill Gates and other luminaries before they hit it big. And what struck us the most was that some of their ideas that didn’t catch on actually sounded pretty good. It’s not just having a great idea, but having a great idea at just the right time, with the right team and resources behind you to execute it.

“The truly successful won't be beaten,” observes Marr. “They take responsibility for failure, learn from it and start all over from a stronger position.” Amen, Bernard.

Stay cool. Work hard. Play hard. And for goodness sakes, don’t ever take your foot off the accelerator. Life’s too short not to get the most out of each and every day.
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