This week in my office I saw people working and ramping up their inner fire. It was beautiful to see. It’s a key question I bring up now in interviews. I want to know about inner fire. I don’t care that much about experience or tenure. I care about what is inside of people and if they are closer to a 1 or a 7 (more on that later).
Why do I bring up the concept of inner fire? Because I believe nothing great can be achieved in sports or in business if you aren’t working with a HIGH INNER FIRE on a daily basis.
The reason SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD ARE SO AVERAGE……….isn’t for the reasons you think. It’s because they can’t light that inner fire every single day. Most people will do it 3 days a week. Some can only do 2. Some don’t do any. And a very rare few do 4.
But almost NO ONE does 7. That’s why they’re unique. Unicorns of sort. People who figure out how to LIGHT THEIR INNER FIRE (operate with passion) 7 days a week………….are CEO’s, Major League Baseball Players, PGA Tour Players, COO’s, etc etc.
In fact, society tells us to NOT light that inner fire 7 days a week. You’re not “supposed to” be working all the time. You “need downtime to recharge”. Almost every successful person I have ever known (and most likely my definition of “successful” is different than yours) had a lit up fire 7 days a week. Hard to get to “epic” status at anything if you aren’t lit up 7 days a week. Cause others are. And life is a competition.
My one question is this: Why do we not question the basketball player going hard 7 days a week, staying up until 10pm shooting free throws and bicycling 5 miles to practice everyday but we tell the guy who stays in the office until 9 and is back in at 5 that he needs to have a more balanced life and there’s more to life than “work”? Who are we to douse that inner fire?
You don’t even have to work 14 hour days 7 days a week, you just have to be fired up when you do. A person who is LIT UP and works only 9 hours a day is more valuable than someone who just passes through a 12 hour work day with no fire or energy.
Think about that as you go into your week this week. Are you looking to “light it up”? Are you going to impact everyone around you with your inner fire? You don’t have to be loud or a big mouth to do it. People will feel it.
Is your drive in to work on Monday morning spent “getting fired up” for your day? Or are you just passing time and distracting yourself until you arrive?
Your inner fire does 2 things. It helps you, and it helps everyone around you.
It takes effort and focus to light it. You gotta make a decision that it’s important to you and your mission.