Right FIT Newsletter #182: Personal Time, Do Ya Feel Lucky, Big Lake

Sales and marketing Newsletter

Quick notes to help you get more sales and marketing done in less time. . . next week.

In this issue:

– Techniques for FIT
– Being Human
– Random Stuff

Techniques for FIT

  • Stepping into the future, changes the future. Revisit your original plan at multiple steps along the way.
  • Taking personal time should be as simple as scheduling it in your calendar, but it also requires saying “No, that week won’t work for me, what does the following week look like?” Stick to your schedule.
  • Realizing personal time feels is equated to laziness, if you have to call your personal time a workshop, I’ll back you up.
  • Each time you accomplish a task, reward yourself. It could be anything, doesn’t have to be big. After this newsletter is done, I’m strolling the village for an iced coffee. I deserve it.

Being Human – But hey, I do work hard

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” -Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson didn’t write the quote above but I’ve kept it because it ties two disparate thoughts together (and his name jazzes it up a bit). Working hard and being lucky. If we put luck at one end of a “reasons for success” continuum and hard work on the other, in my neck of the woods (USA) we lean heavily toward hard work being the reason for success or failure. If you’ve ever listened to Guy Raz on “How I Built This,” he asks every one of the super-successful entrepreneurs he interviews whether they attribute their success to hard work or luck. It’s interesting to hear them struggle because if we know what the definition of hard work is, the question makes us put luck as the opposite, or laziness. It’s an interesting question but not a useful one. It’s like asking “did you try or was this given to you?” or “was success in your control or out of control?”

Next week, try this idea. Instead of putting hard work and luck on the same continuum, contrast them on a grid. On the X put hard work at one end, and idleness on the other. On the Y, put luck/good fortune on one end and misfortune on the other. Idleness and misfortune are suboptimal for success, but hard work and luck are not. As for the other two quadrants, hard work and misfortune is the stuff of great novels. Idleness and luck, on the other hand, doesn’t seem like a great plan (but you’re probably a lot of fun at parties!)

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Random Stuff

Get in the lake 

I have spent the last week in Door County, WI. Kind of planning my September workshop event but mostly drinking beers. If you make it up this way here’s my short list of things to do:

  • Get a boat and head to Chambers Island. It’s a real place (unfortunately, I can’t find its namesake in my genealogy)
  • Make dinner reservations at the Whistling Swan in Fish Creek. So good.
  • Go for a long bike ride. These wide open country roads are a joy and they come with amazing views.

That’s it. Happy Independence Day for most of you on my list.

Good stuff.


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