I know it’s not fun. I know it’s painful and awkward and uncomfortable at times. I know it hurts.
But the only way to rise high, is to dive deep.
You have to fall into the depths of you. Sink into yourself, and start to discover everything about you that’s not sitting on the surface.
Your fears, your failures, your insecurities. Your passions, your purpose, your beliefs. Your secrets and regrets. Your “why.”
Everything that’s been hidden by time, turmoil or circumstance. All that’s buried beneath your garden of excuses. All that’s waiting to be found.
You have to ask yourself the tough questions and accept the harsh answers.
The deeper we go into the origins of how we feel and what we think and what we do and why we do it and who we are doing it for, the clearer our paths become.
I’ve learned that passion provides the spark, but without perseverance, you can never get to where you want to go.
It’s your self-induced resilience and tenacity and belief that keeps you going when the walls are crumbling and the sky begins to fall.
It’s an unbreakable commitment to a mission that’s greater than you, a vision that’s larger than you, and a purpose that has nothing to do with you… that’s what enables you to inch forward.
And I really do believe that’s the biggest lesson. Just to keep going. Even when it’s hard or dark or painful. Even when your toes are tired and your compass is broken.
It’s not about changing who you are. It’s about evolving who you become. Life is a work in progress. And we are at our best when we try to be a little better, a little smarter, a little quicker, each day. The competition is always internal, no matter the noise on the outside. But learning ourselves is the toughest part. It’s where everything breaks, and begins.
Starts with our values. Once we find them, they should stay steady. But everything else is in constant flux. We discover and rediscover our purpose. We write and rewrite our principles. Our passions sway over time. We step in and out of relationships, and fall over and under love.
Colors fade and settings change.
The journey is not straight, or narrow. The climb is not easy. And we often look nothing like when we started.
And really, that’s the lesson.
That’s the point… Staying firm to our foundation, while letting the fragments fray as we go. Morphing into something greater, without losing our original essence. Bear into dove. Rabbit into wolf. Caterpillar into dragon…
Unleashing the animal within.
Evolving. While staying true. That is our challenge and our opportunity. That is why we walk this walk. But no matter what the compass reads, the key is that we‘re always moving. Learning is a specific direction. And forward is the only way.
Grow as we go. And then keep going…
Grateful for a beautiful 2018. Ready to keep going. Happy New Year everyone.
There are only two points that matter: The Moment, and The Vision.
What are you doing right now, and what do you want to create?
Stay focused in the moment and stay relentless toward YOUR vision.
The middle doesn’t matter – so be open and nimble and ready. Don’t get discouraged when all doesn’t go according to plan. Don’t let the downs shake you off course.
Take the hits, but remember where you’re headed. Notice the signals and follow the signs.
Go with your gut… As long as that bigger picture – that broader purpose – remains clear and honest and true, keep doing and keep moving.
You WILL get there.
After a lifetime of personal experience, 15 years of corporate and startup experience, and four solid years helping people learn everything from surfing and pottery to financial planning and dental assisting, I’ve found three factors to be the most important to success and fulfillment in your career:
1. Passion: You gotta genuinely love what you do.
2. Skills: Passion alone is powerful, but it isn’t enough. Specialized training on the specific, practical skills that you need on the job is critical. Sounds basic but I’m constantly blown away by how many people are working jobs they aren’t properly trained for (and yes, even/especially those with college degrees).
3. Mentorship: You need to be surrounded by leaders and experts who genuinely care about you, your company and the mission you’re on together.
Passion, Skills and Mentorship.
If you have those three things, you will do great work. And you’ll have a blast doing it.
Company leaders, please do your best to not only hire folks who already possess this triumvirate, but help your current employees get there as well. You can’t teach passion, but you can definitely help with skills and mentorship. It will not only drive your bottom line, but it will elevate your company culture and enhance your customer experience.