The roads not seen almost always matter more than the potholes we hit along the way.
“But the most reliably successful people I know are precisely the opposite. They are desperate to see and know what’s making other people tick. They actively engage, and they do it with empathy and generosity.”
*Surely this is a better path even if one never becomes hyper successful. It’s just a better way of operating.
” In order to not follow through, you need to start slowing down before you’re done hitting the ball. “
*Best description of what’s really happening.
“If you want to reward (or punish) short-term behavior, don’t do it down the road. Advances turn more heads than royalty streams do. “
One basket, cared for and watched carefully. When no one else can focus on and serve that customer as well as you (because you have no choice, it’s your only basket) you have a huge obligation but you also have a platform to do great work.
(Via Seth’s Blog)
Find a problem you care about. Create a solution or a system to fix it. Focus on it. Delight people you need to achieve the goal. These people might play a few differentnt roles, such as, client, supporter, employee, volunteer etc.. Without delighting people, they loose interest and stop actively supporting the mission.
You want to get people to be engaged, enthusiastic and empowered.
Engaged: Sharing ideas on how to be better … Caring.
Enthusiastic: Excited to be part of. The value and importance of this in people cannot be over stated. It’s important to create this in people.
Empowerment: Belief of the individual or the group that they can do what it takes to get things done. It’ also important to consider that people want their input and participation to make a positive impact.
“When adults and kids see the power of self-direction and realize the benefits of mutual support, they tend to seek it out over and over again.”
People can inspire others. In doing so, it can create a sort of self empowerment that enables people to see and create at a higher level.
One of the things that has caught my fancy are tweetups (meetups with people one has met online, typically via Twitter). Some of the best conversations are had with people in these real life meetings. Some are just one-on-one, others are large groups, sometimes with as many as 25 or more people. Some of the best ones have just a few participants. Smaller groups usually create openings for each person to contribute. Smaller groups also foster a closeness and openness that large groups may crowd out. Some people are shy in larger groups and their thoughts and ideas are hidden from the conversation in such settings.