Picking up where I left off last week.
“How… at my (our) age do I find the right decision making frame work to re-program my mind with?
That is truthful; trust worthy; and dependable?
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” ~ Phillipians 4:8-9
To turn a phrase from Billy Gibbons, yeah that Billy Gibbons, from ZZ Top…
He said, “The stronger statement is, “It only takes one.””
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
The EMERGING MAN… working his way through the battle smoke of life; offering Positivity w/ Work Gloves, as he tries to ENCOURAGE, EQUIP & ENGAGE with you… so that you too may come to a knowledge that surpasses all understanding.”
As I’ve come through this particular stretch of my journey the battle smoke has cleared a bit as I made my way up this little rise in the terrain.
I can see now.
I’ve never given myself any real credit.
Oh, I played my abilities off as coming from confidence… to you… and you (you being previous employers) appreciated me being on your team. You thought I was dependable.
Because I was… in that instance. (That instance being “work”)
To me, because I like it, “work” is easy. So…
I don’t feel now that I’ve ever, really, given it my all!
Never had to… work is easy… to me.
I don’t show up grumpy; don’t hate those I work with; and once I have a routine down, I try to learn a little more each day about the overall process… it’s kinda fun.
But that’s easy… for me… work is easy…
I know what you’re thinking, “But Dave, all you’ve ever done was repetitive motion type work.”
Mostly… but not “only”.
Now for the caveat of my way of thinking.
I say, “All work is repetitive, that’s why it’s called work, or a job, the job is…”
Warren Buffet doesn’t decide to start making burgers at 1 o’clock in the afternoon.
He makes more repetitive moves like he did in the morning… looking for cash flow.
I was in “sales” once. I priced items well outside what our historical information, and sales trainer, said I ever should.
Why did I do that? Was I just young and gung ho? Did I not understand?
I now realize that I have an ability.
That I never gave myself credit for in the past.
I have the ability to take in information…it’s best if it’s hands on… so I can experience the direct feedback for myself… I then qualify and quantify that feedback in the context of the project/product at hand… and then, here is where I now see people separate themselves, I have the ability to tweak what I know… and make a decision to change, maybe just a little, according to that feedback with a new goal in mind.
Made 1.5 mil over historical yearly average in less than two years doing that.
I just didn’t think that was anything special.
Truth is… I didn’t even know I made that amount until I saw it in a meeting… I was too busy doing it… and at the time wasn’t responsible for those end of the month reports.
And then… no one else mentioned it so… oh well.
I thought I did good.
Maybe not though.
[See how that mindset seeps in]
I was doing things no one had done in 30 years, made it better, garnered new clients, had individual units making more than “assumed” top dollar… lot of work, but it was fun.
It’s just work… once I figured it out it was easy.
But I now know that that skill, or ability, to look at a situation like that and make decisions… which I think is the separator… is the framework needed for personal growth and any type of success.
I think the thing that helped me the most was the amount of repetitions on product that I was able to get in a very short period of time… in just a few short weeks of training actually.
Then when my opportunity came, I had “practiced” my shot a 1000 times already… and I would execute that shot… repeatedly throughout that two year time span.
I didn’t try any fancy trick shot; or try to make it harder than it had to be; by small increments daily and weekly I adjusted my shot… and every week it “proved correct” by the money that I brought in.
That’s the framework we need.
Look, listen, watch, take in info, shoot and shoot, take that info and make a decision… again… shoot again and again… take that info…
See the pattern?
Now apply that to… your health; to your relationships; to your finances; and your hobbies.
Don’t need a million… me neither… so then it becomes a pruning tool.
One we can use to identify those things in our lives that do not “add value” to the life we wish to live.
Instead of using that ability to “reduce costs”… we use it to reduce the amount of television we watch, and instead, we invest that time into our hobby.
Billy Gibbons said, “It only takes one.”
But to get to the place where we can take that “one” good shot, we need to get through the first thousand practice shots.
After rereading last weeks article, and writing this one… it looks like I answered my own question.
The Emerging Man offering Positivity w/ Work Gloves!
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