Today’s Tip – Work at an effort of 100%. If you are performing in front of people let that show be a great show even if only one person is there or a thousand. If you are work, take that job to the limits as you are always representing yourself. Not so much the product/project/company, but yourself. You want people to see you as a hard working because you are a hard worker.
There have been times when I worked a half day, I did half of what I was supposed to. Usually do to illness or some other type of problem like anthrax or plague. The fact is though that when you work for you, as so many of us who read and write for this blog do, it’s not realistic at all. Even with my half day problem at work I was usually sent home because while anthrax wasn’t contagious, plague was. SO my staff would kick me out so they wouldn’t catch it. If you have the plague… then stay home but still work. Do those things you can do like make calls, or write to people. Plan, Brainstorm, make a list of things to do. Use the downtime that has been forced on you to focus on the planning process rather then the doing process. You have to give 100% at all times to be successful in whatever it is you do. No matter what you need to stay on the path.
Anyone who went to HS knows the story of the road not taken, you may not remember it but I can remind you. Here is the First Stanza;
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler,
long I stood And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Remember now? Even if you don’t… it’s a good poem. You have only two real paths to take in life. You cannot chose both. Look at them both, success and failure. Take the time to look at the obstacles. Then choose. The final Stanza is this;
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
As you tell the story of your life maybe you have regrets maybe its wistful remembrance, the choice is yours. You are already on the road less traveled, the one of enlightenment and hard work, the one of introspection. Make sure you do give it 100% so that sigh you give is of contentment on your choices. Giving this life less than your all at all times will make the road you choose anything but a beautiful parable for others to compare against.