Start the clock

If a project is going to take 30 days to complete and you wait 30 days it will still take another 30 days to complete.

You need to start the clock.

Too often we get annoyed by how long something is going to take and instead of getting started we keep delaying matters further.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

What are you trying to accomplish?

When working on any type of a project consider asking yourself the question “what are you trying to accomplish?”

If you don’t have a good answer, consider a different project.

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Lawrence

Change

If you want to see change…start changing!

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Lawrence

Quality over quantity

Some people talk a lot. Many times they just like to hear themselves talk. Other times it’s because they think saying a lot makes them sound smarter.

Other people realize it’s not about how much you say but rather what you say.

Given a choice I would rather speak with someone with value in what they say, even if it’s only a few words, rather then the person who has nothing to say and says it a lot.

Whenever possible go with quality over quantity.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Responsibility

If you want to accomplish something of significance, be willing to accept the responsibility for the action.

It’s easy to take responsibility when things go well but true greatness requires taking responsibility when things go poorly as well

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Lawrence

If you don’t ask

If you want a feature or service that you don’t see offered the best thing to do is ask for it.

Worse case scenario is you get a “no”.

Best case scenario is you get a “yes”

If you don’t ask, it’s a guaranteed no (and you might not be aware it already exists)

This shouldn’t be overused but if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

You can’t sprint your way through a marathon

People want to go fast. They want to get things done quickly so they can move on to the next thing.

The thing to remember is you can’t sprint your way through a marathon (I read that somewhere so can’t take credit for the saying).

We have to learn to pace ourselves. We have to learn when to sprint and when to rest. We have to learn what truly is a hurry and what can be done later.

Pacing ourselves will allow us to get a lot done at the same time as allowing us to survive for tomorrow.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Like minded but independent

An organization with like minded individuals is extremely helpful provided the like minded individuals are capable of independent thought.

Too often people mistake like minded with “yes people”.

Like minded really means having similar purposes, and beliefs.

Like minded doesn’t mean always agreeing or being obligated to go in the same direction.

Assembling a group of like minded but independent people doesn’t assure success but is a very nice step in the right direction.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Are you tired of being average?

Most people are average, or close to average. By definition this is true. If we are grading on an A – F scale, most people are between a D+ to a B-. There is no grading on a curve here, most people are close to average.

Are you tired of being average? Are you willing to do what it takes to be great?

If you are content at being average it’s pretty easy to stay that way. There is very little risk of becoming an outright failure.

If you are tired of being average and ready to be great, you have to realize that you are taking a risk and failure is a possibility.

For me, it’s not about being great, it’s about striving to be great.

The great thing is it’s almost always a conscious decision. You can choose to be average or you can choose to be great.

The thing to remember is you can’t always choose what you will be great in. There are some things I will never be good at, and that is ok, but I can choose to be great at SOMETHING.

There is nothing wrong with choosing to be average but too often people accept being average because they aren’t willing to make the commitment needed to excel. Even worse, they think they can’t be special because of outside forces (better known as excuses).

I don’t know if I’ll ever be great but I do know I will continue to keep striving.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

A time for

It’s that time of year. A time for giving, a time for receiving…a time for a lot of unnecessary stuff.

This isn’t about “bah humbug” negativing rather it’s about teaching values and doing something that matters.

Does the father really need another tie or pair of socks?

Does the mother really need another nick nack for the home?

Does the friend who has everything really need something that they don’t need or want and if they did need it, they would have bought it?

Why not make something with your own hands (for those of you who have the ability). Bake a pie (and apple pies should be everyone’s favorite), do some yard work. Donate to their favorite charity.

We live in a society of material goods but what people really appreciate is the thought, the effort, the caring…not the crap people tend to give and receive.

I realize kids are different but there comes a time when everyone should be thinking of what matters and not what they want.

Have a great day!

Lawrence