Work is what grown ups do

Larry Winget wrote the book It’s Called Work for a Reason. His opening line says it all.

“As soon as you know what has to get done, do it. It’s as simple as that. Just do what absolutely has to get done. I didn’t say you should do only that, but I did say do that. Do it first. Don’t do anything else until it is done. Even if you have an overwhelming amount you would like to get done and it should be done, do what absolutely has to get done. If that is the only thing you get done all day, you will be better off for having done it. It really is that simple. Know your priorities.”

How to make a big decision

I speak to a lot of people who are thinking of taking the plunge, leaving a corporate career and starting a thought leadership practice. It’s a big decision.

I want to share a framework that I think is useful for this, and for most big decisions.

It goes like this. If you're facing a big decision or opportunity, put yourself 5 years in the future. What year will that be? How old will you be? Then consider:

Why imitating success doesn't work

Major league base ballers, as a rule, have scary good eyesight.

I always thought that 20/20 eyesight was perfect. But I read a great piece by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker, and found out you can go better than that.

Turns out if you have 20/15 vision, you can see at 20 feet. Someone with 20/20 vision can see at 15 feet. (And as an interesting aside an eagle is thought to have 20/5 vision).