Am reading Joe Calloway’s book, Becoming a Category of One, and have spent half my time saying, “That’s right. That’s right. That’s right.” either in my mind or out loud. He makes a crucial point within the first few pages.
Calloway notes that some people want to be part of the parade, some people want to lead the parade and some people want to stand on the sidewalk and watch the parade go by.
There’s nothing wrong with any of those positions, but if you talk a lot about wanting to lead the parade but you continue to stand on the sidewalk you’re just fooling yourself.
Calloway points out that winning organizations—winning people—make a choice to go. Then they start taking the necessary steps to actually go.
And, then they go.
They go and start doing the things they need to do to get where they have said they want to go.
Some folks want the good feelings they get when they talk about going. They collect motivational sayings and posters and read inspirational books. Nothing wrong with that. I like reading those things and thinking about them; the activity gives me a good feeling.
But the going is the hard work and they don’t really want to do that. There’s nothing wrong with talking and not going, just be honest with yourself that that is what you’re doing.
The more I read Calloway’s point about going I thought about a line from one of Esquire magazine’s What I’ve Learned column. In an interview with Robert De Niro the actor said, “If you don’t go, you don’t know.”
I took that saying to heart a long time ago. I’ve gone some places that, later, I saw as mistakes. Some I could recover from and others I couldn’t. I’ve gone some wonderful places and have been greatly rewarded by the experience. I’ve gone some places that, when I got there, I thought, “Why the Hell did you come here?” and I’ve gone places and thought, “Why the Hell didn’t you come here sooner?”
If you don’t go, you don’t know. But, you’ve got to make the decision—and act on it—to go.
Now, go have a great weekend! See you Monday.