Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 2/27/12

February 27, 2012—Issue #127

This week’s focus point: If most of your problems, setbacks, and defeats are caused by others, then how do you ever prevent them in the future? We need to “own” our failures, because that’s how we grow and conquer our fears. Blaming them specifically on others (“politics” holds me back at work) or creating imaginary resistance (“I have writer’s block”) simply deepens the hole you find yourself cowering in. Outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders, and performers take possession of their fears and obstacles, real or imagined, and overcome them. Face your fear. It won’t kill you, but allowing it to paralyze you will stop all movement. I’ve heard members of Mensa whine that they’re discriminated against because they’re “so smart.” If they’re so smart then they should figure out how to overcome that! (Disclaimer: I’m a member, and the only indication of intelligence that impresses me is not test scores, but success.)

Monday Morning Perspective: A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves. — Bertrand de Jouvenel

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I remember a meeting with a boutique consulting firm that had fallen on hard times. The debate was whether or not to sell their magnificent conference table. “Where would clients sit?” asked one partner. “We have no clients,” stated the advocate of selling. You can’t cut your way to renewal or success. Top line growth is the key to bottom line achievement, for you and for your clients. Today is the time to invest in the future. Once you cut muscle, you’re powerless.
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2 Responses to Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 2/27/12

  1. John Martin says:

    And not to mention just how empowering it is to know that you can affect your own outcomes. I’ve come to learn that accountability is a significant step towards personal freedom.

    I’m also hoping the book Thrive will help keep that fire lit within me.

    I just love the Monday Morning Memo.
    Thanks Alan

  2. Alan Weiss says:

    Thanks. Keep in mind my RESOLVE workshop in LA.

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