We Can Fail; We Just Can’t Suck
January was a tough month for business. For starters, profit was low, and sales were slow. I also designed a fantastic room addition that got rejected. I prepared extensively for an early morning meeting and got stood up. I lost a multiple offer negotiation. It’s a tough tone to set for the year; those are just the highlights. By all accounts, it feels like I failed. That affects my mood too. So, what do I do? Like all of us, I suck it up. Try harder and re-commit. Let’s Go!
If that were all it took, February would be better. Unfortunately, no indicators are suggesting that February will be better. Woof! So, depressing.
How do I overcome the darkness? What prevents me from moping around the office complaining about the market and blaming Jerome Powell for ruining my plans? One simple reminder. We can fail; we just can’t suck.
Go back to January with me. It was the worst production month in more than five years. I failed to reach many goals, but I didn’t suck. I communicated more, loved my clients, followed up more closely, met deadlines, monitored my goals, and controlled my spending. Personally, I went to bed on time and woke up early. I adopted a meaningful morning routine, eliminated alcohol, and read good books. Heck, I even learned how to tile a backsplash. Best of all, I enjoyed my wife, my children, and dinner with good friends. Together, we planned a vacation and dreamt of hot summer nights. That didn’t suck.
I enter February with a whole heart, nervously. The cold weather, the darkness, and the market will persist. I cannot guarantee financial success. I may fail, and you may too. That’s ok. We just can’t suck.
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Speed of the leader is the speed of the team …This is what some old very wise guy had said to me… Thank you for being such a great role model even when you experience toughness as well. SJ