Watch It

Watch It

Getting a fix on your location can be hard when we don’t want to face the ugly truth about where we really are. Maybe you don’t want to know where you are in life because it would say something bad about someone else in your life—the truth about where that person is in life. But, navigation requires knowing your location.

Mirrors are good, as every musician, dancer, and actor knows. They give us a fix on the status we need in order to navigate. But, don’t just look at it every once in a while, keep watch on it.  · · · →

Strong Compatibility

Strong Compatibility

It’s not our weaknesses which determine our ability to work with others; it’s our strengths. Strengths cover our weaknesses, but that is not to say that covering a weakness makes a team strong. Somewhere, a team must carry all different, necessary strengths somewhere among its team members. Whether those strengths compensate for a weakness somewhere on the team is irrelevant; it is the recipe of strengths that leads a team to its victory.

How much time is wasted on evaluating people’s weaknesses or need to improve? As you improve and grow, remember: We get more of whatever we focus on.  · · · →

Succeed Together

Succeed Together

We go forward together. That’s part of the concept of “we”—it’s a “together” sort of thing. We fail when we’re not together. We are defeated by untalented, useless, even evil people because they work together when we don’t.

No one is an island. Many twist this wisdom to mean we should let others boss us around or we should share what shouldn’t be shared. But, the insight that humans aren’t islands has a deeper undertone that victors can’t ignore: cooperation. Synergy, teamwork, strengths covering weaknesses—call it what you like. You’ll only succeed if you’re not the only one.  · · · →

Surprise Friendship

Friendships show up by surprise. Usually, the surprise is slow and long-term, but not always. Someone arrives at a new spot, and the people in that spot are to be that person’s friends. Whether they are good friends, mild acquaintances, or sometimes enemies is a choice left up to everyone there. But, it’s not planned. It’s something that just happens.

Don’t resist and don’t distance. We don’t have forever and we never know what may come. Wherever you show up, the people around you are your friends for that moment. And, no one knows how long that moment will last.  · · · →