All good things must come to an end. And sometimes things that aren’t going well have to come to an end too. Running a business is a lot of hard work. Sometimes you can find success and sometimes you aren’t so lucky. But whatever happens, you may one day want to exit your business. Some people choose to write an exit plan so that they know exactly when and how they want to move on. Others don’t plan so far ahead and just wait to see what happens so they can make a decision in the future. If you’ve decided it’s time to move on, you need to consider what’s next.
Kids and adults alike will love the new animated movie Paws Of Fury: The Legend Of Hank. If you remember the classic 1974 movie Blazing Saddles, you’ll find similarities between the two movies.
Paws Of Fury: The Legend Of Hank is loosely based on that classic Mel Brooks film. It’s a cuddlier, cuter version that even pays tribute to the film with a Blazing Samarai text overlay during the movie.
What is Paws Of Fury: The Legend Of Hank? A town (Kakamucho) full of cats finds itself in need of a hero. Their previous samurai had skedaddled at the first sign of trouble.
The evil ruler Ika Chu (Ricky Gervais) had sent one of his generals, Ohga (George Takei), to wipe out the town. Why? Because the town was an eye-sore and Ika Chu wanted a beautiful view for the visiting Shogun (Mel Brooks).
When employees step out of their comfort zone and try something new, magical things happen. Google allows its employees to spend 20% of their time working on pet projects. These pet projects are things the employee sees that could benefit Google.
Most organizations are not like Google. They are unwilling to give their employees time to try new things, even when the organization would benefit.
Worse, organizations often punish their employees for trying something new and failing. And the employees don’t understand why they can’t attempt something new.
This makes me think about the monkey experiment Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad wrote about in one of their books. The authors tell the story of four monkeys placed into a room. In the room is a pole with bananas at the top. A monkey begins to climb the pole so he can enjoy the banana. Reaching out for the tasty meal, the monkey is doused with cold water. The monkey screeches and retreats. The remaining monkeys each attempt a banana retrieval. Each receives the cold shower. They all give up.
If you want to be a respected leader, it helps if you are regarded as an expert in your field; someone who really knows what they are doing. When you are an expert, you gain respect, and when you are respected it is much easier to get people to follow you.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at what you can do to become an expert in your field and be the leader you know you can be:
- Practice, practice, practice
According to Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in pretty much anything you can think of. Whether this figure is accurate or not, it is true that the more you do something, the better you get at it. So, if you want to be an expert in your field, you need to put the work in and practice, practice, practice.
Have you ever been around a Debbie Downer? You know the type… They’re always in a funk. Their day never goes right. Someone is always trying to bring them down.
It’s a vicious cycle. It’s a cycle that pushes people away.
Most people don’t want to be near a Debbie Downer. Their negative attitude is a huge turn-off.
Don’t get me wrong, there are reasons to be down. We don’t have to stay there. We have control of something that can turn our lives around.
Your Attitude Is Important
When you learn to control your attitude, you can make more of yourself. It is amazing all of the things your attitude will impact.
Your attitude will impact:
- Your behavior
- How you view yourself
- How you view the world
- What you think about success
- The way you work