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Prepare to Win, Perform to Win

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“We’re talking about practice. Not a game!… We’re talking about practice.” Hard core professional basketball fans still love quoting Allen Iverson’s practice rant from 2002. Iverson was making a point about the importance of performing even at the risk of minimizing preparation. Despite being an exceptionally unique and productive performer, history argues that he may have benefited from better practice habits. Unsurprisingly, in other competitive arenas, like business or entertainment, that truth regularly faces performers. Yes, we are talking about practice!

Preparation
Preparation for superior performance is not a singular act. Musicians practice regularly regardless of immediate performance obligations. Likewise, highly accomplished business professionals routinely identify opportunities for additional training in their areas of expertise. In fact, over-achieving professionals, will take time to train others in order to sharpen their own mastery. The preparation involved in their presentations promotes peak performance. The process clarifies their best thinking so that they can effectively provide maximum value to their audience and marketplace.

School children learn that practice makes perfect. Athletic coaches are fond of saying, “Perfect practice make perfect.” The truth about preparation regardless of the field, is that it is a necessary part of the process toward excellence. The more repetition endured in preparation, the better prepared the competitor will be to maximize their performance when the stakes are highest. Undoubtedly, talent provides several advantages. Yet, skill can be developed and improved. Preparing to perform is a skill that in turn enhances skill. This two-step tactic delivers superior results.

Performance
So, what happens when it is time to perform? And, how important is experience? Simply put, more experience produces better performance. When stakes are highest, no professional performer really wants to be searching for a solution. More practice, more preparation, and more learning activities eventually result in better equipped opportunities for superior performance. “If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.”

Skills and knowledge necessary for peak performance have typically already been explored. Perhaps a coach is available to share their experience in managing potential situations. Perhaps the repetition of intentional and intense practice included multiple scenarios expected to occur in competition. Successful sales professionals consistently rehearse and refine their pitch so that they can effortlessly overcome objections and conquer competitors. “Fortune favors the prepared mind.”, according Louis Pasteur. Take the time to prepare in your area of expertise so that your knowledge and discipline are engaged to propel you to targeted success.

The benefit of practice is that the prepared mind secures the advantage. In any competitive endeavor, the competition most likely expects to win, also. The nature of competition demands outperforming an opponent. Practice provides the edge. Structured and disciplined practice provides a bigger edge. Regardless, of the field, winning through competition produces rewards. Generate more sales, score more points, raise more money, discover a cure faster, save more souls. Winning is not an event; it is a process. Target the results. Prepare to win. Perform to win. Embrace the rewards.

 
By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter And Beyond

April 13, 2017 Posted by | Better Communication, Better Person | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Get An Old Man

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“You have to get an old man” advised the half-crazy upperclassman tutor to a group of freshman trying to survive their first term at an elite university. The freshmen were baffled how an old man could help navigate their coursework. Then, the tutor elaborated that the old man was for wisdom, not education. This was real-world knowledge. In any complex organization, success requires more than raw, intellectual firepower. Negotiating cultural landmines and systemic distractions requires understanding and revelation that only comes from wisdom. Figuring out any large institution demands more insight than any one individual can acquire in a few months. It takes scar tissue to navigate the intricacies of complex systems. Why not benefit from someone else’s wounds?

Wisdom
“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.”, according to Vernon Law. Wisdom comes from learning the lesson and surviving to tell the story! Lessons are not simply endured, they must be learned. Old men have already learned the lesson. Imagine the advantage of having the lesson before the test. Youth involves absorbing experiences for the first time. The advantage of maturity is knowing that someone’s first time, is most likely not the first time something happened. Youthful exuberance does not provide that perspective. Every old man was once young. Identify one that has walked the trail that youngsters are preparing to walk. Realize that the old man does not just know the challenges, they know how to avoid them.

Results
Another benefit of old men is that they have seen great ideas come and go. They have seen talented people long on vision and short on execution. They understand that results matter! The upperclassman had personally witnessed brilliant students that struggled because they had always excelled alone. They had never needed help, so never learned how to ask. Corporations, academia, bureaucracies are full of these types. The wise old man knows what newbies need before they do. He is not competing for a grade, or a promotion. He wants to be part of their success. Wisdom will be shared with someone and it will be valuable. Get in line and receive it.

The most fascinating part of engaging an old man is what he gets out of the deal. Some youngsters avoid bothering an old man because they have nothing to offer back. Their intelligence blocks their understanding. They assume they cannot reciprocate, then applaud their brilliance. Old men vary; often relevance is all they seek. Other times it is repaying an internal debt from when they finally accepted wise counsel. Occasionally, they see the greatness in a potential protégé that the youngster is afraid to embrace. Regardless, seek wisdom. Wisdom does not follow age. But, wisdom ages well. The old man does not have to be old. It does not have to be a man. Mentors only require understanding that can guide toward a desired result. Get an old man. Then later, remember to find a young person!

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter And Beyond

March 22, 2017 Posted by | Better Community, Better Person | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Learning?? What’s my Grade!!

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What do I have to do to get an “A”? This refrain echoes throughout classrooms everywhere. “What do I need to know to get my certification?” is another version of the same song for the professional learner. Unfortunately, learning is not embraced, nor respected in neither case. Students want to benefit from presented information as painlessly as possible. The act of learning is just a necessary evil. Too often, learners in classrooms at any level are so eager to swallow and regurgitate information that they never digest the lesson. They fail to grow. They do not progress.

The Journey
The process of learning multiplies value through connections to more information and skills. Too often students simply give correct answers to get to the next lesson. Then, they can ace that part, too. Learning’s real value involves applying acquired knowledge in new, innovative, and more beneficial ways. A student masters algebra, in order to conquer calculus, then get their diploma. Except, the diploma is not the end. Learning to process information with multiple variables is the point. Then, understanding more complex processes to explain them to others creates the most value. Do not be shortsighted. The student who learns, applies, explains and contributes knowledge to a group becomes the boss and eventually benefits more. Every student moaning, “Why do I have to learn this; I’ll never use it in the real world” deserves the harsh response, “You are right. You never will use this information or any other new information with that attitude!”

The Destination
While the journey is important, the destination facilitates growth. The journey features a finite set of instructions. But, the destination continues to evolve and expand. More learning results in more questions, which results in more innovation, which results in better answers. Acing the test and advancing short circuits all the compounded, long-term benefits. The worker brags about getting a great review. Meanwhile, the leader focuses on solving problems that significantly improve the enterprise and team member’s personal well-being. Rank and file mindsets complain that leaders have enough money and they do not need more. Therefore, she does not need the worker’s best contribution. The leader simultaneously thinks that this minor contributor is hurting the team’s efforts. Then, she searches for a replacement so that all can achieve more. Next the leader resumes planning to groom her successor, then charts a path to the next adventure. Mindsets of poverty fester and deny growth. Mindsets of prosperity continue to reset destinations and promote opportunities. Acquire and develop more resources to keep pursuing additional horizons.

Ultimately, “What do I have to do to get an A?” is the wrong question. “What do I have to do to pursue my destiny” is much more satisfying. Learning is more than acquiring facts. It is acquiring new ideas and constructing them creatively. Students who only want to learn familiar material in the same way are starving themselves. Permit multiple teachers to feed your curiosity. Learn, then spread, ideas across the landscape. Let losers argue and manipulate their grade in one class. Take new knowledge and apply it with innovation toward the next learning experience. Incorporate feedback and insight to create more value. Enormous value results from pursuing destinations that continue moving just beyond reach. So, “What do I have to do to get an A?” Who cares! “What do I have to do to maximize my value?” Keep learning! Then, share the lessons with others to help everyone involved benefit more.

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter and Beyond

January 6, 2017 Posted by | Better Communication, Better Person | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Badly Do You Want It?

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What do you want to be when you grow up? The question is a painful cliché. The only thing worse than the question, is the person who dismisses the response! If a kid wants to be an astronaut who really has the right to tell them “no”. Consider that one current generation observed the first lunar landing. The very next generation most likely will travel on lunar shuttles. One generation! Tomorrow’s reality far exceeds last year’s impossible fantasy. Thanks to Amazon, artificial intelligence is delivered by a drone in time for this year’s Christmas. And yet, parents try to stop kids from reaching for the cupcake on top of the cabinet?

Process
Authority assumes the role of protector. That responsibility includes keeping those under care from harm. The process is to pursue new opportunities, only using current skills to manage the unexpected. With age, authority figures claim that they understand risk. Well, experience does help responsible people understand what can go wrong. But along the path to safety, authority figures forget what can go right. Progress is a byproduct of risk. Otherwise, Europeans would have never sailed west as a result of fear they would fall off the edge. Risk is to be managed, not eliminated. Eliminating risk stagnates knowledge to the present state. Managing risks allows conquering new worlds. The process requires trying, failing and improving. Without young men taking a chance to kiss the girl, the species would perish. No one wants to be slapped, but if she kisses you back it just might be worthwhile.

Goal
The goal has to be more valuable than the risk to proceed. Actually, that is just a start. Courage is necessary to pursue the goal. Someone has to want the goal bad enough to endure pain. Risk is simply acknowledging the possibility of pain. Risk poses no problem until something goes wrong. Pain typically only tests one’s resolve. In reality the test may limit the desire, but too often quitting happens before remotely approaching the limit of their resolve. Successful goals are measurable and time-based. Consequently, achievement has thresholds. And, the ability to surpass the thresholds ultimately reveal how badly anyone really wants it.

The solution is to be bold! It is easy to say that if the benefit outweighs the risk, then take the chance. The easy way does not lead to success. Really extend for the goal. Make the hard choice. If the benefit is remotely close to being equal to the risk, do it! Flex the risk muscle. By building that muscle with wins and losses from narrow margins, the big wins get easier, then bigger. Be the kid that grabs the cupcake off the top shelf. Even in falling the pain becomes less traumatic and accepting the risk gets easier. Furthermore, that kid naturally grows and attaining the top shelf gets easier! For the kid who never tries, success still gets easier, but they will never know. By not participating in the activity, they experience no achievement, nor improvement. So, how badly do you really want it? The answer comes down to, how often are you willing to try… and then try again?

December 16, 2016 Posted by | Better Community, Better Person | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do You Play or Do You Do?

Sushil of India celebrates his victory over Gogaev of Russia in their 66 kg men's free style gold medal match at the World Wrestling Championships in Moscow

A major highlight being in the sports media business is watching various athletes perform. A question came up recently, why do basketball athletes play and wrestling athletes wrestle? They don’t play wrestling; they wrestle! Wrestlers are a proud, fanatical group. Their sport is not merely an activity, it is a verb!

In managing Mo Patton Sports, the same question echoes: are we playing or are we doing? Like any business, it is important to know the product. Ours is sports reporting on local high schools. We know our audience. It is local high school athletes, fans, and the communities they represent. We require absolute clarity to our customers’ needs. We tell stories that ignite the passions and foster relationships with our audience so that we can connect our sponsors to them.

Players
While better athletes bring determination, discipline, and passion to their activity, it is still identified as play. A school of thought exists that high achievement can occur when your work is your play. Another school of thought says, nothing substitutes for hard work! Entrepreneurs and other professionals can enjoy their work immensely. They can be unreasonably passionate about their companies. But until they are grinding at it relentlessly, they cap their success. Study your craft, analyze your competition, practice your presentations, get expert coaching to prepare for victory, then prepare some more. Players get this. But, does this approach maximize performance?

Thinkers
Another way to contribute to an organization or endeavor is by discovering great ideas. Deploying talented people to come up with smart ideas is a long-established exercise for businesses to chart a path to success. However, the ideas are not the secret to profits. Execution is. The road starts with ideas. Then, intelligent planning needs to happen. But value only results from doing! The most brilliant thinkers cannot predict every contingency. But, the person who acts and delivers results is the one that makes the difference by actually creating value. Do something to get something!

Doers
Like the aforementioned wrestler, the performer and the performance are inextricably linked. Wrestling literally involves one performer competing against another performer where skill and competence is singularly exposed. Likewise, doers’ contributions are individually exposed. A seller either closed the deal, or did not. They may achieve another round of negotiations, but business is not consummated until a seller sells and a buyer buys. The performance keeps you employed. Likewise, the individual or group that produces the good or service has to be a doer. Imagine going to a law office and the lawyer tells you I think we should win this case, sends you a bill and heads to the golf course. Clearly, work must be performed!

Doers contributing to an individual mission or organization, own their individual results at some point. While someone may receive the work product and then add additional value to it, for doers, their contribution can be tracked to the source. Once success singularly defines your contribution, you fully understand the commitment and responsibility that you have in personally performing. Athletes that get this, embrace the responsibility to perform as part of their identity. The same is true for professionals. Do not play with the idea that your contribution does not matter, or that it is only a small part of the overall performance. Own your singular excellence and carry that with you in every competitive encounter and the results will reflect your success. Don’t play, do!

By Glenn W Hunter
Managing Director of Mo Patton Sports, LLC

March 8, 2016 Posted by | Better Business, Better Person | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First, Pass the Quitters

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“Success is a statistical event”, according to Dr. Dennis Kimbro, business professor, author, and wealth expert. Athletic events, business ventures, academic competition all result in winners and losers. While winners achieve success in several ways, certain fundamentals are consistent. The actual contest does not determine the winner, but multiple processes and activities along the way do! Furthermore, executing these processes with focus, commitment, and timeliness create eventual champions. Recognizing that champions are the last contestants standing, let’s mark the path leading to the winner’s podium.

Quitters
First, you must pass the quitters! Just because a competitor arrived at the event does not mean that they came to win. A practical example is a business participating in a competitive bidding process for “the experience”. They never planned, nor expected to win. And, they don’t. Essentially, they quit before the process started. Serious competitors must get past these quitters without hesitation, nor distraction. Exhaustive preparation and training is the separating factor. Consequently, in athletic competition quitters often accept their futility during warm-ups. More serious, inspired contestants eliminate quitters in order to focus on the rigor and requirements of competing for the top prize.

Competitors
Even among serious competitors, winners must advance among this shrinking field. The steps begin with the planning. In the corporate arena, developing a strategy to lead a specific marketplace begins well before the product actually launches. The same is true in sports. Coach Vince Lombardi’s classic exhortation, “Gentlemen, this is a football!” set the tone early at the first practice for his championship teams to embrace basic fundamentals on their way to historic excellence. Getting beyond rival competitors requires attention to detail, superior strategy and relentless execution. Correctly stated, perfect practice makes perfect. And, perfect practice is a daily aspiration. To defeat legitimate competitors, all preparation, practice, and performance happens at an elite level at all times.

Champions
When champions are finally crowned, they appreciate that success requires a bit of luck. However, they fully realize that luck is where preparation meets opportunity! All the skill development, all the strategy, all the planning, all the performances culminate at the moment of battle. Whether it is a sales presentation, a golf championship, or the national spelling bee, the totality of every progressive step emerges to the forefront at the end. And remember, every competitor to this point has demonstrated the same process of skill development through peak performance. Now, execution makes the difference. The competition’s conclusion declares the champion. But, champions earn their rewards away from the accolades and adoring crowds. Champions result from the lonely toil when their competition is the highest standard and the opponent is an unquenchable desire for greatness. If you arrive at the championship level expecting to add the final touches on your performance, then you have already ran out of time.

Champions do not have a purpose. For true champions, winning is THE purpose! Each opportunity to get better is valued. Practices are competitive. And, the ultimate competition is a repeat of previously practiced mastery. Champions are the last person standing because they prepared and persevered and performed. They followed a superior plan to deliver a superior performance. Successful execution was simply a byproduct of all the work, progress, and repetition endured along the journey. But first, champions must quickly pass the quitters. So, identify your ultimate prize. Outwork everyone else. Let’s go now!

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter and Beyond

June 5, 2015 Posted by | Better Person | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lets Play Two – Ernie Banks’ Winning Spirit

The world recently observed the passing of Ernie Banks. His trademark statement, “Let’s play two”, declared unyielding optimism among proud Chicago Cubs fans. His optimism was only surpassed by his irrepressible talent. In short, he was great because he was good at his job and absolutely loved performing it. His poor performing teams did not distract from his optimism, leadership, nor productivity. Anyone seeking to improve performance, particularly when facing potentially unsurmountable opposition, can benefit from three key characteristics of Ernie Banks’ success and longevity as a cultural icon.

Take Pride in Your Work
Greatness is a recipe. Longevity does not produce greatness. Skill sets do not produce greatness. Attitude does not produce greatness. But combining these ingredients, then mixing them with personal pride does result in greatness. Serve this mixture with dignity and the result is a legendary performer. Whether you are a shortstop, academician, or CEO, performing with dignity separates you from so-called peers. Furthermore, greatness is not static. Skills must be continually refined and improved. Take pride in greatness and contribute to it daily. A Hall of Fame performer is not based on one game, nor season. It takes an entire career. Icons need even longer.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Winning is a group activity. Even sole contributors need coaches, support staff, and mentors to contribute to success. Regarding leaders, if you don’t have followers, then you are simply someone taking a walk. With a mindset of “Let’s play two”, great leaders demonstrate approaching tasks with enthusiasm and optimism. Persistence pays. The leader’s role is to remind the team and their fans of that fact. Furthermore, in the spirit of contributing to a legacy, the leader may not deliver the desired result, but must undoubtedly sustain progress toward the ultimate achievement.

To the Victor Goes the Spoils
While individual contributions are important, team victories are better! Unfortunately, not every player or leader gets to enjoy the ultimate rewards in their field. So, what happens when winning a championship is not a realistic option? Opportunities still abound to perform with excellence and earn available rewards. While in Ernie Banks’ case the reward of a World Championship eluded him, he did earn a Presidential Medal of Freedom! The medal is presented to those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” His exceptional baseball statistics, “Let’s play two” attitude, and assumed ambassadorship for America’s Pastime, rewarded him with national recognition as a hero by contributing to the game he loved and the communities that he represented.

Ernie Banks played on bad teams. In 19 seasons he never played in the post-season. But, his legacy is of a player who played hard, displayed dignity, and produced at a legendary level. Similarly, other professionals have the choice to approach each work day and encounter with dignity and optimism. “Let’s play two” is a simple statement reflecting a champion who loves his work and contributes excellence. Excellence is an available choice for anyone. So, let’s salute Ernie Banks and his spirit of “Let’s play two”! That spirit may not yield a World Series champion, nor guarantee playing for a winning team. But, earning a Presidential Medal of Freedom is a reward that speaks greatly to character and success. He uplifted our world. And, through his example we can too!!

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter and Beyond

January 25, 2015 Posted by | Better Community, Better World | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Be Great Is Not A Strategy

Be Great is not a Strategy. Greatness is an attribute. Depending on your area of interest, certain innate characteristics may predispose an individual toward greatness. For example, a great basketball player may be predisposed to be tall. Also, greatness can be developed through hard work and diligent preparation. A great physician will endure years of intense study, in addition to countless hours of research. Nevertheless, in neither case does greatness represent a strategy.

The problem with greatness is that too often observers and admirers only see the result. Greatness draws attention. By definition, it is extraordinary. Whenever greatness is witnessed, admirers take pictures, tell stories, and give accolades. And, the individual demonstrating greatness is immediately exalted. These reasons explain why greatness is so seductive; yet still not strategic.

The problem with Be Great as a strategy is that it is not sustainable. It does not come with an on/off switch, nor can it be deployed on demand. A better strategy is consistency in working toward greatness. The consistency takes the greatness attribute and gives it a structure for long-term benefit. Great teams and leaders are built on strategies that emphasize repetition and excellence. Through better preparation, they perform their best when it matters most!

Superior attributes are thrilling to witness. However, the purpose of strategy is to have sustainable plans leading to eventual victory. Consistency in working toward greatness accomplishes the eventual victory. Great contributors work hard. But consistently great contributors earn the greater victories because their work progresses according to a plan so that their greatness is revealed when it matters most.

A process cannot be designed to insure greatness. No plan can cover all contingencies. Besides, greatness requires more than a process. For starters, the inputs may include preparation, skill, and faith that you are practicing the right things. The output may be a remarkable and memorable performance. But, the part that makes it great includes unexpectedness and timing.

Often, it is being in the right place at the right time. Always, greatness involves doing something exceptional with what you have, when the time comes. Be Great is not a strategy. Greatness is doing all the little things in preparation for a moment that may or may not come. But, when the moment comes, and the performer is prepared, then greatness appears. Start preparing for your moment right now and fully expect it to happen. Now, you can Be Great!

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter & Beyond

August 4, 2014 Posted by | Better Business, Better Person | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Great Networkers are Better Listeners

The mark of a good conversationalist is not that you can talk a lot. The mark is that you can get others to talk a lot. Thus, good schmoozer’s are good listeners, not good talkers. ~Guy Kawasaki

Networking is a critical skill to business success; except that it isn’t! It is critical. It influences business success. But, it is not a skill. Networking is an embedded character trait. If an individual performs in the business arena, then that trait reveals itself there. It is no more a skill than drinking when you are thirsty. Professionally, you must do it to survive.

Fortunately, networking is simpler than most ultra-polished salespeople lead you to believe. It is not a low golf handicap, late night cocktail parties or schmoozability. It is simply contributing to a community of people where you have an interest in helping. Best of all, this trait can be demonstrated in a few easy steps.

1. Listen
Because networking involves finding ways to connect someone to a resource, the first step is listening for the need. That means listening to understand that someone’s need in order to meet it with resources or a solution that you can access. Keys to listening include paying attention to verbal and non-verbal cues. Also, asking open-ended questions that allows your contact to share their pain is a sure-fire way to find opportunities to help. Now the connecting begins.

2. Really Listen
And, the connecting gets ramped when you really listen. You have asked questions and interpreted responses, but the real power starts when you listen to the point that you share the problem. Being undistracted and not interrupting are often overlooked listening skills. Pausing, then paraphrasing what you have heard, also allows you to show off superior listening skills. These practices give you more credibility when you are prepared to direct the target to resources that can solve the problem that you now share.

3. Give
The next step in great networking is giving. Not selling, but giving. Networking’s objective is establishing credibility, not selling a product. Sharing a resource, an idea, or a referral is a great way to build credibility. As credibility grows, you become the solution. Your product or service is merely a representation of your ability to deliver. But proven delivery comes before selling, therefore you must seize opportunities to give. And, as your networking turns into successful demonstrations of giving, the more indispensable you become.

4. Receive
While effective networking encompasses communicating and making resources available, the bottom line is, in fact, the bottom line. Business benefits are OK. Networking is contributing to a community. But, others need to contribute, as well. Permit yourself to accept their contributions. To be an effective networker you must make your desires known; a bold ask is important. And, be grateful. Networking is not trading business favors: I give one, now I get one. It is more like a family potluck. As long as everyone genuinely brings something, there will be more than enough for everyone.

Elevator speeches, clever techniques to remember names, memorable business cards are the icing. It is not the cake. Caring enough to contribute is networking. It is the sincere, “let me get back to you”. As you practice helping others more, you will find real professionals are eager to return your kindness. That is when your value grows because your relationships are now invested in your success. Now accept that investment and go network!

By Glenn Hunter

August 9, 2013 Posted by | Better Business, Better Person | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Please Don’t Flunk Me

Exams are coming soon in a course that I teach. While reviewing, a student passionately cried, “If I try really hard, please don’t flunk me”. My immediate thought was that the student had homework, lecture notes, class discussions, available tutors, and a teacher who pleaded students to contact him for extra help. Using these resources easily constitutes “try really hard”, and the student will almost certainly pass. Despite these resources directly paving a clear path toward success, the student begged, “Please don’t flunk me.”

Is this the world where we really live? Individuals have resources to achieve their goals, but often want guaranteed success. They want rewards without risk. They even cloak their demands in humility, as not to seem too greedy. It’s not “gimme an A”; it’s “please don’t flunk me”. But, that is even worse! It is pompous and narcissistic. This individual wants to control the process and the result, with no investment nor effort. Furthermore, the underlying threat is that the authority figure failed if the individual does not enjoy success.

The problem with asking for a hand-out is that you just might get it. Then, when it is time for the next achievement, you default to begging again. You are capped by the generosity of others. Even, if you take the gift and stop striving because you have enough, you are now victim of a fatal flaw in logic. The world does not stop moving forward because you decided to stop. Again, “Please don’t flunk me” presumes deep-seated narcissism.

Instead of being the person that peers into the pool, falls and drowns, be the person lighting the lamp on the table that illuminates the room. Use the available resources to be more productive. Rephrase the message. Tell the teacher, “I am going to ace this class and you are going to help me!” Take ownership of your success. Hold the people who can help you accountable. Make a habit of doing the hard activities leading to success until they become easier, and then routine. Do the homework and the practice problems, regularly. Uncap your ceiling and build the habit of winning your prize. Then, win the next one. But if you do fail, rise again to claim your success!! All winners did it that way.

Use all available resources to ace your individual test and let me know what happened!

By Glenn Hunter

July 26, 2013 Posted by | Better Person, Better World | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment