"A" For Effort...


An "A" for effort does not ensure and "A" for outcome.

Have you noticed the trend in society these days which leans toward mediocrity?

My wife and I were recently watching a series documenting a group with mixed climbing ability and experience attempting to successfully summit Mount Everest.  We watched with keen interest as one of the "climbers" went through a startling change in attitude.  This person went from being extremely (over) confident in their own abilities -> to doubting their abilities -> to realizing their inability to complete the task -> and finally to ridiculing everyone else for their strength. 

The mental shift this person had was literally 180 degrees.  It was shocking to observe.  Here was the setting...

After reaching ABC (Advanced Base Camp at 21,000 feet), the expedition leader called for the group to do an acclimatization climb up to Camp 1 (situated at 23,000) on the North Col.  In order to test...

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5 Easy Steps to get Quality Critique

Are you looking in the mirror … but not really seeing yourself? 

Do you need to see how you're doing?  Are you feeling "stuck" and don't know why?  In many cases, it can be very helpful to get an outside point of view on your situation. 

It's easy for us as human beings to miss certain things which an unbiased set of eyes can see plainly.  This is where coaching, or constructive criticism, can make a big difference in your life and business.  (BUT.....make sure you understand the difference between critique and criticism!)

Here are 5 steps towards getting and implementing constructive criticism:

1. Seek out a person you know you can trust.  This is crucial.  If you don’t KNOW you can trust the person giving you the critique it will be difficult to accept it as valid.

2. Seek out a person whom you know has your best interest in mind.  This principle goes hand in hand with step #1.  (However, just because you know...

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Criticism vs. Critique

(Sorry … not sorry for that picture.  :-)

In today's information based society there is an alarming trend that seems to be growing. 

It seems to me that more and more people are feeling justified in voicing their opinions about anything and everything, without any apparent regard for the effects or damage they may be causing. 

The anonymity provided by the internet allows people to spout all kinds of nonsense without any regard for accountability.  In my opinion, in most situations, this is NOT a good thing.

One of my pet peeves is people wanting to tell you their thoughts on what you are doing when they have no idea what they're talking about.  I mean really … do people really need to hear themselves talk that badly?  Do they really need to have their opinion heard?  Are we that self-absorbed … Or have we become that needy and insecure?  I’ll get back to this in a minute...


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Food For Thought

I would like to get you to give you something to think about.... 

I hope this inspires you as it has me.

It is an excerpt from "The Man In The Arena" Speech By Theodore Roosevelt at the Sorbonne Paris, France April 23, 1910.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man
stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit
belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and
sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and
again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does
actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the
triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while
daring greatly, so that his place shall never be...

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