The Big 5
1) Listen. (Show Respect; Learn)
2) Ask. (Solicit, Engage, Inspire)
3) Thank. (Appreciate, Acknowledge)
4) Apologize. (Rectify, Build)
5) Practice thoughtfulness. (A way of life. A staple of ‘good business.’) (Tom Peters)
“Rarely does one find the quick fix, the big win, or a home run looking forward on the horizon of time. Yet when they do their best, one day at a time, while thinking of their dreams and not the ‘hows,’ looking back they find that the quick fixes, big wins, and home runs found them.” (‘Notes From the Universe,’ ©Mike Dooley, http://www.tut.com)
This is deceptive. You don’t rock all the time. No one does. No one is a rock star, superstar, world-changing artist all the time. In fact, it’s a self-defeating goal. You can’t do it.
No, but you might rock five minutes a day.
Five minutes to write a blog post that changes everything, or five minutes to deliver an act of generosity that changes someone. Five minutes to invent a great new feature, or five minutes to teach a groundbreaking skill in a way that no one ever thought of before. Five minutes to tell the truth (or hear the truth).
Five minutes a day you might do exceptional work, remarkable work, work that matters. Five minutes a day you might defeat the “lizard brain” long enough to stand up and make a difference.
And five minutes of rocking would be enough, because it would be five minutes more than just about anyone else.” (Seth Godin)