Tag: patience

Burning Ships Not Bridges

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” ~Douglas Adams

By: Martin Grunburg

It’s great to be back in the saddle and while this is NOT the official kick-off of Season 4 (Habits 2 Goals Podcast), it is my effort to get you caught up and share at least one of the great lessons I recently experienced.

Admittedly, you’re gonna have to be a little patient (it takes a while to set the table here) but coincidentally patience is a component part of this lessons anyway! ; )

Today, I share a bit about my long-standing partnership (23+ yrs) and it’s official separation… all good, mostly. The fact is we’d been partners (3 of us) longer than most marriages exist and with our company’s recent win of a prime contract award (defense) AND, given that they are in the neighborhood of 70 years old an exist strategy presented itself.

How and why this may relate to you.

Entrepreneurs (people in general) love to cling to motto’s, slogans, trite and not so trite sayings, that guide and drive them and their decision making.

For instance, “Hire slow and fire fast.” Almost every entrepreneur will tell you that is a MUST. Another is “Never settle!” or another, “revenue is vanity and profit is sanity.”

All good stuff right? MOST of the time. Sometimes though, from my experience, I’ve witnessed a lot of challenge created from clinging to hard-set ideas and notions like these as though they are set in stone.

We’ve talked about it here many of times, dichotomous thinking can be very dangerous and ultimately creates a lot of friction, struggle and can even make one feel as though they are running in circles.

Let’s use the above as examples; hard to argue with “profit is sanity and revenue is vanity”. That’s one of my favorites! EXCEPT -take Jeff Bezos and Amazon. I believe (at least for a day anyway, he just became the richest man in the world and for the most part his philosophy for Amazon was contrarian to that focused primary on revenue with little emphasis on profits.

Or, how about, “Never settle!” Sounds pretty amazing right? Imagine a life of never settling. Well, the last time I heard that advice it was from a guy who’s now divorced and you can bet he “settled” in court.

What about “hire slow and fire fast”. Nobody’s ever complained that they fired someone too quickly, right? Again – most of the time this is credible and worthy advice. However, I can tell you I made one of my best hires in about 30 minutes over a beer.

So, what’s the point?

BE OPEN-MINDED and do NOT RUSH if you do not have to. Don’t cling to trite slogans for the sake of trying to simplify things for yourself and make your life easy… question your bias to lean into such decisions!

When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision. ~Lord Falkland

In today’s episode, I review my challenge/struggle to follow one great and romantic motto entrepreneurs love! “Burn the ships!
Yet, incredibly, unbeknown to me there was another powerful motto directly competing with that philosophy. You can hear about it on the podcast site or download it in iTunes.

Harvard 80 year Happiness Study! (I reference)

Slight correction I relate a great line from MASTERY a fantastic book by Robert Greene, the actual line is, “the greatest impediment to your creativity is your own impatience.”

Enjoy!

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As a Man Thinketh

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More Resources

(FREE! The Habit Factor’s Tracking Template)

The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor’s Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


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The Hour A Day Entrepreneur
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S3-41: FAF – Got Any Advice!?

God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using TIME & PRESSURE. He’s working on you too” ~Rick Warren

[NOTE: Henry and I set out to complete 35 episodes for Season III and this is episode #41. If you’ve enjoyed the season as much as we did putting it together, PLEASE leave a review on iTunes ; ). Also, there are more shows coming! Be sure you are subscribed! Great news is on the way! Thank you!]

**Technical audio note: Apologies, we had tech issues again on Henry’s end and he was forced to use a different device. At times, connection picks up various background noises. Apologies and appreciate your understanding! ; )**

Coming off the heels of the recent metamorphosis episode, MG shares what he considered might be his #1 tip/piece of advice as he responds to an email. The emailer is excited about The Habit Factor and asks MG, “Do you have any advice?”

At first Martin isn’t too happy about the question, given the amount of “tips” and information already published. However, contemplating the question further, he shares what might be his favorite tip.

Henry then shares his two great tips! Spoiler alert, “We all just need to relax more often and enjoy the ride.”

Henry’s other great idea is powerful, “Be sure to surround yourself with goodness.”

Taking control of our immediate environment and getting our daily dosage of great brain food ensure we “tune our minds to the right stations.”

[NOTE: Henry and I set out to complete 35 episodes for Season III and this is episode #41. If you’ve enjoyed the season as much as we did putting it together PLEASE leave a review on iTunes ; ). Also, there are more shows coming! Be sure you are subscribed! Great news is on the way! Thank you!]

Enjoy!

FREE resource to keep that mind tuned!!

As a Man Thinketh

 

Check it out and be sure to subscribe!

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Thank YOU for checking out this episode and we’re always grateful when you SHARE our stuff w/ your friends and help us by writing a review ; )

Resources / Books

BLUEMIND

The Hidden Messages in Water

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More Resources

(FREE! The Habit Factor’s Tracking Template)

The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor’s Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


>>>>CONNECT WITH HENRY EVANS<<<<

Get Clear Marketing

The Hour A Day Entrepreneur
Check out this episode of Habits 2 Goals! Be sure to review on iTunes, Stitcher or GooglePlay! Thank you!

S02-Mind Bullet Wed 19: Getting to “Maybe”

In this episode Martin recounts the classic parable about a Chinese Farmer.

As you listen to the story it becomes easy to see how we, like the neighbors in the story, are intent on labeling events either “good” or “bad”, “fortunate” or “unfortunate”.

The parable though teaches us to withhold immediate judgement and cautions us at the same time to allow events to play out further.

Martin recalls a similar story when an entrepreneur within a group he was coaching/mentoring was ecstatic about finally making the perfect hire after months of frustration and struggle including dozens of interviews.

Finally, the entrepreneur updated Martin with a text saying that he had made what he believed was the perfect hire!

A month later though as the group reconvened, the entrepreneur shared that the new hire had only lasted a couple days and then quit.

The question for us is, what events are transpiring in your life, at the moment, that appear unfavorable?

And, like the wise Chinese farmer can you ask yourself if perhaps the event rather deserves a “maybe” response. As in, maybe it’s unfortunate and maybe it’s fortunate.

The idea is to get our minds to this place of “maybe” particularly when things don’t go our way. Could it in fact be a “maybe”? Can you look for the seeds of opportunity in each perceived setback?

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Resources

Chinese Farmer as told by Alan Watts [Youtube]

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters