I hate to break it to you, but your big idea is worthless.
You know, that idea you’ve had for a book, or business, or product. The one you’ve talked about for years. The one your family/friends/coworkers are sick of hearing about. Yeah, that one.
Now, it’s not worthless because it’s a bad idea. It’s actually pretty cool.
And it’s not worthless because you are incapable of pulling it off. You actually have a decent chance.
It’s worthless because it’s just an idea. (more…)
When I was in high school I wanted to grow up to be James Bond.
Well, James Bond the businessman: In shape, sharply dressed, and pulling up to meet clients in an exotic sports car.
Forty-five days ago the last piece of my boyhood dream came true, I bought that car.
The whole experience of buying was incredible and turning heads on Las Vegas Boulevard was even better. This was a reward for my hard work. I had finally made it.
I’ve owned the car for six weeks and it’s been in the shop half the time. Today a tow truck arrived to haul it away yet again. The dealer can’t tell me what is wrong, let alone when my car will return home. (more…)
I have it all figured out. I know the ingredients in the secret sauce.
At least I have it figured out for me anyway. At least for now.
At 40 years old, I finally think I know what is best for me. I have found what seems to work best for my fitness and nutrition. I know what seems to be the best way to protect myself. A few months back, I made a list of skills that I think a human should be able to do. It included things that I am already skilled at, fighting and physical training. It also included things I wanted to learn like playing an instrument and hunting and butchering an animal.
It felt like a punch to my gut.
Being told you haven’t put in enough work to be successful is a heart-breaker. Especially when it’s true …
As a Forging Leaders coach I have a commitment to write articles for the website. I’ve had some challenges and up till now, none of my work has made the cut.
Each week I meet with Jeremiah (Forging Leaders founder, and my mentor), to review what I’ve written and to get feedback.
At our last meeting Jeremiah gave me critical feedback on a couple articles. He said I explained too much of the story and left nothing for the reader to figure out. In his own way, he told me my articles are long and boring and that I needed to start from scratch. (more…)