What Great Innovators and Leaders Think: Why Not Me?
I have’t met him (yet), but I have to think one of the questions Richard Branson asks himself all the time is “why not me?” Why can’t I be the one to start an airline? Why not me to start a new mobile phone company? Why not me to fly around the world in a balloon? Why not me?
As I’ve been doing some serious life reflection lately, I keep coming back to this question: why not me? Why can’t I be the one to _______? Why not me to make a living as a writer? Why not me to launch this new idea that has no funding (yet)? Why not me to lose 40 pounds (I’m down 16 thus far this year!)? Why not me to read 100 books this year (just finished number 9)?
This week’s focus: Work on a project, goal, creative thing every day for at least 30 minutes. Every single day. Do it early in the morning if possible. This has been the key to my getting back in shape. I’ve committed at least 30 minutes every day to exercise. Want to know what’s crazy? It’s working! Carve out 30 minutes and put in the work. No distractions. No excuses. It’s just freaking 30 minutes!
Leadership Idea I’m Pondering: I’m watching my yearly viewing of Band of Brothers while doing my 30 minutes of exercise each day. There’s an episode where the company commander for Easy Company just flakes out. He’s hard to find on the front lines. He shows up for some meetings and leaves early for others. The men in the company all fear his poor leadership is going to get them killed (some did). The narrator of the episode says this: He wasn’t a bad leader because he made bad decisions. He was a bad leader because he made no decisions. Not making decisions can be detrimental to your success.
Apps I’m loving:
BeFocused and 30/30. These are both apps to help you focus on specific tasks for specific amount of time. It’s like coming a countdown clock with a to-do list. The brain can only focus on tasks for so long. I love this because it forces me to work and I realize more often when I space out or get distracted. I put 25 minutes on the clock to do some emails that I’d been pushing off and when I thought about looking on Twitter, I realized I had 7 minutes left to get out 2 more emails. I immediately went back to the emails.
Have a great week! Let me know what you’re working on!