In speaking with a friend of mine the other day the conversation had found its way to a discussion on “Greatness.” I am of the mindset that we all have the capacity to be great, maybe not in any area we want to be. However, through time and energy, we can all achieve many wondrous things. The sad truth is that many people will never learn of their potential because of any number of excuses. “It’s too hard,” or “I don’t have enough time,” are some of the more common ones. These are nothing more than excuses, and unless you hold yourself accountable, they will always hold you back. The biggest threat to your success, after all, is yourself.
I will admit that we are constrained by finite resources. We cannot create more time in a day, more energy, or even more money. I’ve always said that you’ll never have all three, so you take the two that you do have and build something with it. However, if your excuse is “I don’t have time” then I am calling you out for your shenanigans. We all have 24 hours in a day. We CHOOSE what to do with that time. Even if you remove hours for work, and eating, family time, and the occasional bathroom break, I promise you there is at least 10 minutes you can take to better yourself. Read a white-paper on something you are interested in, start a book, write a blog, anything to get your creativity going.
The other day, I started my third business venture. It is still too early to post on my projects page, and I am working with some manufacturers currently. However, the products are going to be fitness accessories. I have a “small” interest in fitness, and it seems like a good idea. I had some time to think about a couple of things and with the help of my buddy, Dave B, I started looking for ideas. He is also building his business, so we bounce ideas off of each other fairly frequently. I have referenced having a team, before. Dave B is one of the members of my team that continually pushes me to succeed. He’s pursuing his empire and I am chasing after my own, and sure we may compete in the same market-spaces, but I thrive on that.
If you want to know more about what it takes for businesses to be great, check out the book Good to Great. And if you want to find out what makes people great, look at some of the people from your life. Who do you look up to? Try to identify what it is about them that makes you admire their character. Discuss greatness with them, ask for their ideas.
Greatness is in all of us. Seek it out, and then do something with it.
ideas without actions are just dreams, after all. I don’t have time for dreaming.