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A mantra for discomfort.

When I’m lifting weights, learning something new, or stretching my capabilities with work I’ve shifted my thinking from saying “Ouch” or at times “I can’t” to telling myself “Growth”. It’s my mantra. Growth in muscles happens in the last few reps (ask Dorian Yates and Mike Mentzer) and it happens in the moments you feel like you’re unable to accomplish something. Seek it, but expect the discomfort. Embrace the discomfort. And like a mantra, the discomfort should be repeated.

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Action

I’m a firm believer in “Direction first, then velocity.”

But you can’t turn a car if it’s not moving.

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Leader of Details

Narrow the focus. Get all the details right. The job of a leader is to help everyone know what details matter.

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Minutiae

It’s destructive. A distraction.

It’s seductive. It must be. Why do we spend so much time with it? In life. In business. In relationships.

Stay focused on the macro. We don’t see the macro each day. Because we don’t set our sights on the horizon. We must see the unseen. And live in it. But that’s hard.

Leaders see it. They must. And they remind everyone else to lift their eyes. To have hope in the horizon. And to work hard in that unknown world. Doing work that seems meaningless. The hard work is what moves the world.

See the bigger picture. Don’t require others to reveal it to you.

Ignoring minutiae does not mean details don’t matter. Understanding the macro gives you the details that matter.

 

 

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Pain of Regret vs.

It’s not pain of regret vs. pain of rejection or pain of failure. The other pain is just the discomfort of growth and learning. The discomfort of rejection could also be temporary. Trust yourself. As a data guy I think you should use what makes sense and what the data reveals. As an entrepreneur I also believe you need to trust your instincts and try things that may not make sense on the surface. A “no” today may be a “yes” in six months. Environments and market conditions change. People’s opportunities change. Keep trying.

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How do you react to mistakes?

It says a lot about you.

Is your first instinct to blame a process? Or technology? Another person?

Do you blame yourself and shrink?

Do you admit that part/all of the blame is yours? And then provide a solution to prevent in the future?

Take blame. Move forward. Forward-looking and solution finding. That’s who I want to work with.