I was looking through my supplies in preparation of launching my pirate ship, and I came across a whole bunch of excuses that I wasn’t using any longer. I’m not sure where I got some of them, because they sure don’t look familiar to me. Being one to share, I wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to take these excuses and use them yourself, in case you needed some during this economic whatever you want to call it.
Meanwhile, I’m going to just keep pushing forward, creating, linking things together, and seeking business value for the people I work with. Who knows? Maybe you’re in the pirate ship kick with me. But for those of you who are staying behind, I wanted you to have these:
- TV is a relaxation tool. It’s not a shunt of your attention.
- The Internet is more engaging than TV. It must be more nutritious.
- Are your reading choices educating and equipping you? Or entertaining you?
- How much more educated are you about politics?
- How much preparation are you doing versus the actual doing?
- Who’s holding you back? If you answered anything but “me,” go back and ask again.
- How much money do you need to learn? Education can be free.
- Permission? You waiting for it? Good luck with that.
- The bar’s a great place to meet old buddies, or talk with people out of work. Where do you meet tomorrow’s winners?
- You mow the lawn and paint the deck and whatever. I’ve got other goals with how I burn through my last remaining years.
- You should blog more about people you don’t like, things that annoy you, political campaigns, etc.
- It only takes five minutes. Do you have five minutes? How many five minutes blocks can you give away a day?
- Wait a few more months until you have a bit more _____.
- Wait for someone else to quit, to move, to stop doing whatever it is that’s in your way.
- Improve those processes, if you can. Pay grueling attention to the detail in those forms. I’ll be over here trying to succeed at the goal.
- You know that your local library is a powerhouse of learning, right? Oh, you don’t go there much. I forgot. (I know my 14 digit card number by heart).
- Stay up on every new tool in your space. New tools will do the job better. Don’t use the ones that already work well.
- Sleep more than 8 hours a day. It’s okay.
- Do the same stuff the company’s done for years. Do the same things your coworkers are doing. Just keep your head down, because doing the time gets rewarded.
- Don’t go to meetups and other face to face events. There’s no one there who might have a project of job lead for you.
- Say yes to everything. If someone’s doing something interesting, get on the team. You might as well try it all.
- Make sure you’re charging low enough. You wouldn’t want anyone to think you’re not a value.
- No matter what, don’t ally with anyone. That’s a bad plan. People helping people? Terrible!
- Take no breaks. Work endlessly without going for a walk to clear your head and refocus your vision. (This is my own to think about.)
- Don’t come up with new projects and products. People probably aren’t buying.
There you are. They’re all yours for the taking. If you can’t use them, feel free to give them to others who need some excuses. They can come in really handy, you know.
Oh, and do YOU have any excuses that you want to get rid of? Add them to the comments, please, and we can try and find a home for them.
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