Grow or Die
Experience is Overrated
I once heard someone say “Nobody has twenty years of experience… Instead they might have one year of experience twenty times.” What this illustrates for me is a constant Grow or Die imperative. Grow or Die – find the spark inside that makes you start new things… and learn new things… over and over again!
In today’s dynamic business environment, things change so fast that what we knew five years ago may no longer be relevant. We value learning over knowledge. We use data and experimentation to innovate and constantly improve! Grow or Die is one of my core values!
The Seventh Imperative
The first imperative is to be aware — aware of the market, of opportunities, of who you are.
The second imperative is to be educated, so you can understand what’s around you.
The third imperative is to be connected, so you can be trusted as you engage
The fourth imperative is to be consistent, so the system knows what to expect.
The fifth imperative is to build an asset, so you have something to sell.
The sixth imperative is to be productive, so you can be well-priced.
But you can do all these things and still fail. A job is not enough. A factory is not enough. A trade is not enough. It used to be, but no longer.
The world is changing too fast. Without the spark of initiative, you have no choice but to simply react to the world. Without the ability to instigate and experiment, you are stuck, adrift, waiting to be shoved.
… The seventh imperative is frightening and thus easy to overlook or ignore. The seventh imperative is to have the guts and the heart and the passion to ship.
In the Habit of Starting
Growth means you get in the habit of starting. Starting something now is better than starting something later.
Growth means you sometimes make mistakes … and then you admit and correct them.
Growth means you are willing to “ship”. Willing to test out new ideas in the real world rather than keep them sequestered in the confines of your own mind. Like seeds, our ideas don’t grow when they’re left in a stable environment. Ideas, like seeds, thrive in the messy harshness of grit, perspiration and the heat of daylight. Only when an idea breaks open and begins to sprout can we see what it is really made of.
Leverage your EOS Toolbox for growth!
- Put your ideas on the Issues List for your next Level 10 Meeting. Be open and honest. Get your ideas out into the light of day and see what they grow into.
- Grow your team as you effectively Delegate and Elevate.
- Grow your vision in your next Clarity Break. See what needs to be done and how to do it, then take the initiative to make it happen when you are back “in the business.”
Grow or Die – find the spark inside that makes you start new things and learn new things over and over again!
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