You wake up in the morning and you look at your clock and you get dressed and you go to work and you come home, eat dinner, watch TV and start the cycle all over again, every moment wishing for the weekend. What a miserable way to do this thing called LIVING. Why do you do it this way? In all likelihood, it’s because you see only one path. One route to your goals. One way to be a success. One way to bring value to your job. One way to grow your business. One way to be a friend. One way to learn, enjoy a special moment, make love, cope with pain, maximize joy…the whole crazy ass stew that is LIFE. One way?
No way! There are a million ways to run through your days, your years. All you need is a willingness to experiment. To eschew the safe and narrow. To put your butt on the line. To dream crazy dreams and turn them into reality. To forget the call for a safety net. To walk the high wire, come hell or high water.
It’s all a meteor shower. Is that dangerous or infinitely beautiful? Scary or exhilarating? The answer, that one damn answer, defines your life. Because if you see the fear, if you live it, if you are shackled by it, you get under the covers and hide. Not literally-because there is no place to hide-but instead by getting up, getting dressed, going to work, going through the motions, wishing for the weekend, waiting for Godot, eating Jell-O, blaming everyone for the fact that you go nowhere and are bored by the cocoon you have built for yourself. That’s what the routine is: just another way to hide under the covers. You take no chances. You have no risk. You are safe.
What a Pyrrhic Victory.
I am a businessman. This is a business blog. That doesn’t mean it has to follow the Harvard case study approach. That turns out managers who “live” by the book. And they are a curse to the shareholders in any business.
I just read Time Warner’s CEO Richard Parsons reject the idea that he should be compared to Rupert Murdoch’ because to paraphrase Parsons, the latter has been relentlessly driven to build a media empire and I just have a job to do?
A job to do? The fabulously compensated CEO of a major public company built by Henry Luce and other driven capitalists, and he sees it as just a job. As just one way? One route? If it’s just a job, let the guy who runs the mailroom do it.
Business success and life success are inexorably related. The dreamers, the rule breakers, the visionaries who see a million roads to run, who wouldn’t think of hiding anytime, any day, anyway, they become the Richard Branson’s turning music empires, into airline anomalies, all the while breaking speed limits flying hot air balloons around the world.
Hide? Routine? Safety? Guarantees? Are these words in your vocabulary? If so, turn up the electric blanket and go back to sleep.