Do The Things You Sometimes Don’t Want To Do

One of the best people to ever come into my life was an Italian dude named Steve Piazza.  I have written about him before.  He passed away 1 year ago.  He did an immense amount to help me.

The short version is that he was a guy who asked me to do things I didn’t want to do.  But I somehow knew it was good for me.  So I did ’em.  And it worked.   And I enjoyed more success because of his suggestions than I really ever dreamed of and that was incredibly rewarding.   The greatest part of it all……..he violated these all the time……..but he told me he did and he wanted me to be better than he was.   That’s true leadership.

So why am I telling you this?

Well I just want you to consider that some of the things you get asked to do that don’t seem like that much fun might just be in your best interest.

– Arrive 5 minutes early to everything.   It shows you care.
– Print your calendar off the night before and study it.  Visualize how your next day will go. Costs you nothing to prepare.
– Take a few minutes after everything you do to make a plan for the next steps.  Don’t go from one thing to the next without THINKING.
– Ask a team member of yours for feedback.  Ask them their thoughts on your weaknesses so you can get better.  Ask people to be candid with you so you have a higher self awareness.
– Call and email your sphere of influence much more often than you do.  Building relationships is important.
– Make a calendar of every 10 minutes of your day and fill it in the night before to challenge what you currently think of “busy”.
– Track every 10 minutes of your day the next day to see just how busy you really are.
– Take the time to make sure people you know, know how much you love them.

None of this is glamorous. None of it.   But these are all things that will make you better in your career.

I’m so glad Piazza told me all this.   And to be honest I’m not exactly sure why I believed him.  But I did.  And that singular belief in what he told me to do may have altered my entire life.  That’s how powerful these decisions are.

Have a great morning.

DHall

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