Friday, July 17, 2009

Biscuits, Mac and Cheese, and Being You

I had lunch yesterday at Time Out in Chapel Hill. Time Out is a 24-hour restaurant that is open 365 days a year and serves what most Southerners would eat at grandma's house. Their mac and cheese is out of this world and they have collards, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes, barbecue chicken, barbecue pork, square biscuits, and cornbread...24 hours a day.

I love it.

They don't serve breakfast foods unless you want to eat what I listed above for breakfast. They don't serve pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, sushi, hummus, baklava, or anything other than what I listed above. They know who they are and are successful with that.

In Tribes, the wonderful book about leadership by Seth Godin, he talks about being who you are and knowing that the folks who follow you care about the values you represent. You can only be who you are. If you try to be someone else folks will find out about it sooner or later. Or, worse, the stress you feel trying to be someone else will surface in some area of your life.

Take the time to define what your Perfect Day might be; and what your Perfect Workday might be. And then do everything you can to make that happen. The initial effects might not be pleasant but if you will keep pushing you will find that situations often align themselves so that you get what you desire.

Have a great weekend.

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