I’m 46 years old and I can still remember sitting at my school desk, pick any grade between 7-12 knowing with 100% certainty that memorizing dates and events from the previous century was a waste of time.
A better use of those hours would have been going over how to interact with others in a work and business environment. Specifically, what behaviors would make my life easier and what behaviors would make it infinitely harder.
Earlier this week I was listening to a podcast with Joe De Sena and it got me thinking about the lessons I have learned, mostly the hard way, and how they’ve impacted me in a positive way. Some things are universal and apply to every person regardless of the circumstances.
Here are three that I have found to fit that description.
Consistently running late doesn’t cut it. It speaks volumes about character and keeping your word.
Keeping my word and delivering what’s promised is the baseline. Always striving to deliver slightly more than what’s expected takes little additional effort, but makes all the difference.
I do my best to spend energy looking for solutions, not complaining about the problem. No one likes being around people who complain, except other people who complain. I work to stay out of that club.
I’m definitely not perfect living this out 100% of the time, but in general it’s what I strive for. It has served me well in all aspects of life.
This Week’s Podcast
Joe De Sena is the founder of the Spartan Race series. Listen in to this short podcast as he explains his 9-principles to live by. From cleaning pools for a mob boss to wall street, his 9-principles will set you apart from the pack.
The audio file is in a format that won’t work with my on screen podcast player. The image below will take you to Joe’s page so you can listen. It’s worth it, enjoy!
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