“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal, a commitment to excellence, that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
– Mario Andretti
Our most important task is to hold ourselves up to a higher standard. No matter how much easier something might be if we just cut some corners.
Even if the game seems rigged we should always keep our integrity.
It’s easier said than done. It’s tempting to take the easy way out.
We like to think that people go into their chosen profession or start up a business with a mission to improve the world.
What happens is that they notice how much harder things are. There may be a sense that it’s every person for themselves. That there are ways to cheat the system. A kind of “I got mine”-mentality takes hold.
This doesn’t only apply to individuals or corporations. It applies to governments and humanity as a whole.
In the 60’s psychologist Stanley Milgram performed an experiment on how people react to authority while performing an act that goes against their own conscience.
These are not bad people. Having seen this we can only speculate how we would have reacted in the same situation.
What we can do is learn. Learn the lesson so that we can make better choices in the future.
Always act on what your conscience tells you, no matter what people in perceived positions of authority say. Choose your leaders wisely.
“I only did what I was told” and “I didn’t make the rules” aren’t good enough answers if you hurt other people along the way.
If we want to see a modern version of it all we have to do is look back at the financial collapse of 2008. People looking for short cuts, they can’t see the people they’re hurting and somebody says that it’s OK so they continue.
We are better than that. We just need to be reminded of it.
When we do what we believe in we might still hit up against a wall, and it seems hard to break through.
We need to give it time and trust that the right people will give us the chance to do what we do best.
And as long as we do that they will vouch for us, they will believe in us and stand by us.
Somebody was recently very kind to me and gave me a leg up. I haven’t found out who it was but it gave me a twentyfold increase in exposure and since then i’ve had a hard time keeping up with the incoming messages. It’s a good problem to have, and I hope people understand that it takes a while to get back to them.
Whoever did that please know that i’m very grateful.
Thank you! =´)
Here’s some great advice from Sir Alex Ferguson (former manager of Manchester United) about leadership and longevity. A great source of inspiration.
Charlie Rose – Interview with Sir Alex Ferguson