Make something today
Make something today. Don’t think about making something. Don’t plan out how to make something. Don’t tell someone you are going to make something. Actually make something today. There are lots of people out there that look at people who have made something, directed a film, written a book, drawn a comic, any number of things, and often I hear them say, “I just need...
Because I didn’t know it couldn’t be done, I was enabled to do it.– Bill Atkinson, early Apple Computer engineer
Conceive. Believe. Achieve.
In baseball, when a player is really hitting the ball well, and making such a truly hard task look easy, it is often said they are swinging with confidence. For a coach, this is exactly what you want for your player. To go out there, face down a pitcher who is going to hurl a tiny little ball their direction at a tremendous speed, and feel like they are going to not only make contact with every...
Are you a tryer? A do-er? A Dreamer that can’t only dream? Are you a reacher, a grasper, a what-if believer? Then give it a shot, never stop, never settle. Never give up, never sit down, never just stand there. Keep walking forward, trying doors, exploring roads. You’re a mapmaker, determined to go out into the world and find the path, not just follow the one already...
Take your show on the road
“I have an idea. It’s the best idea in the world. Really! Let me tell you about it.” (Insert idea here) “Wait, what do you mean you don’t get it?” (Insert perplexed expression, possible hurt feelings here) “Well, you just don’t get it. That’s your problem. I still think the idea is great.” (And cut!) What’s wrong with...
You're on a roll... until you're not
The thing with doing, well, anything, is that you will have times of momentum and times of stagnation. There will be periods where ideas and productivity are flowing almost unchecked, moving along with a kinetic energy and seems to have a will of its own. Then often, all that forward progress seems to come to a stop. It’s like someone snuck up on you and pulled the power plug when you...
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.– Michael Jordan
I love it when a plan comes together
John “Hannibal” Smith, the cigar smoking leader of the A-Team would often say, “I love it when a plan comes together”, after pulling off some crazy series of events and saving the day. Often things really didn’t go as planned of course, and adjustments were made by the always ingenuitive members of the A-Team. But in the end, they beat bad guys. That is what...
Do as I say, not as I do
Writing posts about philosophies on leading, my own past experiences, and things that have worked for me is great… for me. But for anyone else out there in the world who might be reading these posts, there is really only one sure thing you can get from them; what works for me will not work for you. Not to be a downer, but this is what I mean… Each one of us makes a trillion...