2012 to do list

Take more risks so I can fail more… Fail more so I can learn more… Learn more so I know how to do things better

Burn all the maps… Start a journey and get lost… Find my way… Draw new, better maps to burn

Start something new… Push something through the dip… Finish something

Start doing more things… Have less free time…  Force myself to do things faster… Force myself to do things better… Become more productive

Make new friends… See new friends become old friends… Keep in touch with old friends

Walk… Run… Sprint

Learn something new… Master something… Teach something new

Stop for a second… Smile… Carry on with what I was doing

No half-truths, no lies. Let the experiment begin.

Time and giving up things

We all want more time to do certain things. Some might want more time to read, others to work, to be with friends, to play with their kids, to watch TV and so on.

There is no such thing as more time. We all got 60 seconds a minute, 60 minutes an hour, 24 hours a day. In this time we are faced with a series of choices and decisions that make up our day. Days turn into months, months into years, years into lives.

Each decision is what creates your life. We have a limited amount of time and we can only do so much in that time. For every thing we choose we give up a million other possibilities that might have turned our day into something else.

Time is the same for everyone. What we do in that time is what makes the difference. So choose wisely and enjoy.

Following maps

The purpose of maps is to get you from one place to another by using the fastest, shortest or safest route. At first we only used them to travel from a place to another, but as we became addicted to them we started creating maps for our education, for our jobs (we call them careers or job paths), our relationships and friendships, we have even created maps to guide our entire lives.

While most people use maps because they see them as the easy and comfortable way to obtain what they want without taking any risks or assume responsibility, some choose not to use them, overcome their fears and start making their own decisions and their own maps.

While both ways have advantages and disadvantages, just remember that no one who was following a map ever discovered a new place.

Everything is a sale

Everything is a sale. When you go to the supermaket to buy what you need, when you go at work and sell your time and knowledge for money or benefits, the time spent with your friends, your relationships, love and even when you do a random good deed you do it for the rewarding feeling you get.

There is no such thing as doing something whitout getting or at least expecting something on return. No one does random disinterested deeds.

If everything is a sale then all your actions are part of that sale. The way you dress, how you speak, your attitude, every single thing you do is your marketing strategy for a sale.

Whatever you do just make sure you don’t sell yourself cheap.

Attitude is all that matters

At one of my first interviews I have been told “we hire people based on their skills and we fire them because of their attitude”. This stuck with me for years before I really could have a clear opinion on the matter.

The truth is that many companies do this and it’s understandable if you only consider some short term advantages. It’s more comfortable and cheaper to hire someone who already has the skills needed to perform the tasks that the position requires at that moment. While I don’t deny the importance skills have, a person possessing the right skills but with the wrong attitude will not have the desired results. It might even turn out to perform worst than a less skilled person but with the right attitude.

Most positions require constant improvement, learning new things, acquiring different skills and a lot of teamwork. I believe there’s no need for me to underline how important attitude is when we view this from a long term perspective.

No matter how technical good a person is, attitude will make the difference either on the short or long term. So it’s better to hire people based on their attitude and work from there.