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Pick yourself

May 27, 2011

What’s the reason for the stagnant atmosphere in your job, in your church, in your government etc…? You’ve already said to yourself, “if they would only adjust the display to look this way…” or, “if we focused our effort in such-and-such direction…”

But you don’t voice it. Instead you sit back and get frustrated. Or even worse, you propose your idea in a way where you set yourself up for failure.

You’ve been waiting for somebody to recognize that you’re brilliant and have really great, workable, profitable ideas. You won’t move on anything until they, “pick you,” because then the blame doesn’t fall on you any more if your idea really isn’t so great. To add to the earlier list in A Two Step Process to being Awesome there is now a third step:

  1. Have an abundance of ideas. Bad ones and good ones.
  2. Start as many of them as you possibly can. Fail as much as you can. Win some of the time. Get better at filtering all the crap out.
  3. Make yourself responsible for your failures(and on the same note, your successes).

The problem probably isn’t that you don’t have a single good idea. It’s that you have yet to make yourself the one responsible for executing it. And if you don’t nobody else will. That’s why you’re here!

P.S. If you want to read a really good book about this idea, Linchpin by Seth Godin is the one.

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