Don’t ever give this up. Your Humble Will. It’s your commitment to persevere.
Business models will change and do change. Systems change, marketplaces change, technology changes.
But your Humble Will to persevere cannot. Your organization relies on it; your team must know it. And you must found this commitment to persevere deeply within your soul and daily execution.
Please note I add “humble will.” It’s a listening commitment, a listening perseverance. You can’t just bulldoze ahead….. You have to be in touch with your marketplace, sector, clients, board, partners, team in order to know the best way to go, each moment, each day. And that takes humble listening.
I find that so much of what is true ‘happiness’ in one’s job is how we conduct ourselves and our thinking.
For example, even if your job isn’t your exact ideal, there are elements that can bring full happiness. Being of service is not relegated to any one sector. Being professional, kind, courteous, and with a high “client service” attitude to external parties as well as to the internal team, can bring high “happiness” value.
Ideally, it should be coupled with sincere appreciation in return. Regardless, it makes us feel happy to deliver sincere value. We hold a “high happiness quotient” in our own esteem for ourselves and how we are serving.
On the larger scale of trying to find something you love to do–I do think each person has a wonderful contribution in life and is here for a reason. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to search for it. Part of the searching makes us who we are; hones our goals; and positively affects others along the way… Life is not just an end game of finding the one job which makes you happy. You are evolving, and your happiness, and therefore growth, is also evolving.
“Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark. Aim for the company of the immortals.” –David Ogilvy
This is a beautiful clear message, especially in honor of our quirky, beloved Giants, about a clear focus. A focus that aims for the best, drives for excellence, and holds the highest standards in mind. Mr. Ogilvy did that with his advertising firm, and so we can choose to aim out of the ballpark in our chosen endeavor, too.
David Ogilvy (1911-1999) was a noted businessman, working in advertising. He is often called “The Father of Advertising,” and was a key thinker in shaping modern advertising.
We’re all here to help each other, and part of that is supporting balance. And one of the ways we can do this is to encourage your team to share their goals outside of work. In so doing, this will help your organization’s mission, too.
It’s important to have outside lives and interests. You have to begin by recognizing those first for yourself. Your team will see you modeling this balance and how it makes you a whole, fully giving person.
Why do we try to encourage our team to have outside interests, and to share their goals? We know UniversalGiving can’t be everything for everyone (even me :)). Balance helps keep people energized and refreshed. They maintain strong critical thinking skills and positive energy. Your team also feels they can be transparent about what their goals are. Continue reading →
“Never allow the circumstances of your life to become an excuse. People will allow you to do it. But I believe we have a personal obligation to make the most of the abilities we have.”
– Jim Abbott
Jim Abbott is a former Major League baseball pitcher, who played despite having been born without a right hand. He played for teams including the California Angels, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox. In 1993, Abbott threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians, and in 1988 pitched the final game to win the United States an unofficial gold medal in the Summer Olympics. Throughout his career, teams tried to exploit the fact that Abbott played with one hand, but their tactics were never effective. Today, Abbott works as a motivational speaker, living in California with his wife, two children and their dog. His parents still live in Michigan, where he grew up. Abbott and his family take the summer off each year to stay at the lake and visit with family and friends.
“You have to make things happen. There are bumps in the road: my agent, my weight, an industry looking for cool girls more than a commercial look. These are hurdles, and you have to find your way. You have to find out: How do I fit in here?”
— Heidi Klum, quoted in Elle Magazine
Heidi Klum, born in 1973 in Germany, is a supermodel, actress, businesswoman, and television producer. She produces and hosts the award-winning reality television show Project Runway and has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire. She became widely known after appearing as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Heidi is a mother to four children, ranging from ages 2-8.
“Everything you need is already inside. Just do it.” – Bill Bowerman
I love Bill Bowerman’s quote, as he speaks to the potential and belief in each one of us… We should always strive to be our best and to believe in ourselves, even if we don’t always achieve our immediate goal. The importance is in the process and our motives.
We should treat ourselves and others with the utmost care, meaning, “we believe!” The alternative is costly to our health, to what we can achieve, and to what the world will miss…
What I love is that Bill Bowerman translated this belief across many areas — personal values, sports training and business. Believing isn’t relegated to any sector!
Bill Bowerman was a track and field coach for the University of Oregon. In his 24 year career he trained 31 Olympic athletes, twelve American record holders, 51 All-Americans and 24 NCAA champions. One year he won 4 NCAA titles. In 1964 he became the co-founder of Nike. He and his wife Barbara were married for more than 60 years.