For one thing, you'll be dead a lot."
We all get locked into believing certain decisions are under the do-or-die umbrella. I'm not suggesting there aren't times when choosing the right path is more important than others or that you should just charge ahead like a storm-trooper all the time. Just stop dragging yourself down by spending too much time rationalizing on your way up!
Here's a prime example: If I hadn't been turned down for a job I applied for in my early Polaroid days, I never would have been caught in a layoff and joined their consumer relations group, which led to a job in Chicago, A few years later it took me to a job in the international group and a lot of great overseas travel, which after two more positions resulted in leaving Polaroid for the President of Hasselblad USA.
All I remember is tearing up when I got that first turn down, even after the hiring manager had told me she was announcing my selection the next day. I was crushed and carried on a lot more than everybody who went home this week on American Idol!
So, here's the point and here's what I've learned. Everything always works out for the better! Adversity and the challenges of business today take us places we would never go if we were always sailing on consistently smooth seas. Which leads me to one of my favorite quotes once more:
Wishing everybody an outstanding Sunday. Take advantage of the time you have with family and friends. Go easy on the junk food during Super Bowl and most important of all go for that eleven-second hug with somebody special. Count out loud if you have to, but make it at least eleven seconds.
...and a big thanks to Kevin A. Gilligan. This is one of my favorite images in his galleries, which although I've shared before raises another point. Smooth seas don't make great surfers either! Check out his website by clicking on the image.