So, without further ado, the entrepreneurial wisdom of former British PM, Margaret Thatcher.
Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
Or, as someone once told me, “If this was easy, anyone could do it!” I don’t agonize as much about bad decisions that I made in good faith as I do about decisions I avoided, even though I knew they were the right thing to do. The times when I heard those ‘alarm bells’ go off in my head and chose to ignore them. Not making a choice is still a choice!
I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.
RANT TIME: How did we wind up with this ‘you deserve’ culture? It really grates on me when I hear an advertisement that talks about ‘getting what you deserve’. You get what you work for!
I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.
In other words, “Don’t be afraid of being fired”. Granted, there is a right way and a wrong way to debate (correct, Mr Carnegie?), but you won’t have much of a career if your career strategy is avoiding conflict. I am in the process of hiring additional resources. When asked what skills this person requires, I said “A positive attitude, problem solving skills and communication skills”. Frankly, we can teach them anything else!
If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
The quote I heard was from William H Cosby, EdD*, “I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everybody”. This quote always struck me because it doesn’t sound like ‘comedian Bill Cosby. It has stayed with me though.
* Trivia note: Bill Cosby and my wife both graduated from the University of Massachusetts with advanced degrees in Education in the same graduating class.
It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
It’s always amazed me how little some companies know about their competition! One would think that would be the most important thing to know. The more you know about them, the better you’ll be able to outflank them. In some markets, you are mandated to work with your competitiors! I recall a few jet engine programs where the DoD required Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and GE Aviation to work together on the same engine! “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
My children perfected this years ago. They were relentless!