I’ve always kind-of-sort-of had the modus operandi of “putting in the least amount of effort required to get the desired result.” Or at least, that’s what my college roommate told me. She could never understand how, while she was home studying all the time, I was out partying it up. She barely ever saw me doing homework or studying; I never went to the library, and yet I still got almost straight A’s.
What I understood was that my university didn’t give out plus or minus grades, only straight A, B, C, D, or F grades. So, while she was busting her butt to write the perfect paper all the time to land her that A, I would just knock it out of the park on the first test or paper and cruise through the rest of the semester because knew that as long as my grade in the class at the end of the semester averaged out to be an 89.46, I was golden. The day that I explained this to her, she told me I should write a book.
I then went on to tell her what I great idea it was… I would write a book called “How to Succeed in Life by Doing the Least Possible.” I would presell it over the internet and wait until it hit the New York Times best seller list to send it out. When people finally unwrapped it, it would blank inside and I would be laughing all the way to the bank. Okay, that last part I just made up, but if I were a con-artist that’s actually not a half-bad idea… but you get the point I’m trying to make, right?
Well… a few weeks ago (the day before I first sat down to compose this blog), my new Entrepreneurial Mentor (let’s call him Kevin, shall we?) met me for a chat about life and the subject inevitably turned to advice giving… after all, what is the point of having a mentor if they don’t give you advice and you aren’t ready to absorb it? Well he said two things to me that really stuck with me, one of which was very specific to me and probably not applicable to a larger audience, but the other was just simply… “I know you have another notch and I’d really like to see that.” No one has really ever called me out in such an apropos and succinct way before.
But, even if you are not as an extreme case as me, the wisdom still applies. I am sure there are many situations in your daily life that you find yourself slacking off. The time when you turn on the television instead of taking a walk outside, the time when you go through the drive thru rather than cooking a healthy dinner for yourself. So, I challenge you, much in the way I have been challenged – turn it up a notch. Ever since I had that conversation I have done my best to rise to the next level and I must say I see a lot of good things starting to happen in my life. You will too. And the good thing about good things is the snowball effect…so it just keeps getting better!
Talk soon, d