Suck It Up, Buttercup!
This blog is in memory of our dear friend Doris Ann Allison, she was one of the most caring and compassionate people in our world, but also tough as nails. This was her saying, she touched so many, and leaves a gaping void. She will always be in our hearts.
One of the great gifts in life is to love your work. Work comes in many shapes and sizes, but when your chosen work is also something that you love to do it has extra special meaning. As I was walking my dog Sally one recent morning, the first snowy day of the season, I observed some contractors working to finish residing a house. I watched as they braved the cold and blowing snow to wrap up their project. It occurred to me that no matter how much they ordinarily loved what they did, today was a tough day.
We all have days that are more challenging than others. Usually by no fault of anyone’s, many times circumstances are out of our control. There is a saying to “make hay while the sun shines”; but what about when it rains (or snows in this case)? In business we need to make hay in all types of weather. At these times we need to dig a little deeper, push a little harder, and stay focused on the outcome. It is easy to call it a day and return when the weather is more favorable, but in Jim Collin’s concept “The 20 Mile March”, the high performers in life and business make steady, consistent progress on their objectives regardless of the challenges (or lack thereof).
We are fortunate when we love to get up and go to work just as much as a day off, but that doesn’t mean that every day is sunshine and roses. Some of our most satisfying days are when the elements are against us.