There are five behaviors that conspire against us…and lead us toward disappointment:
Big dreams: When our goal is to be a big hit rather than to deliver consistent impact or meaningful work. We want the ability to change the world. This person wouldn’t be satisfied to have 100 true fans, they want a stadium full of people in every town.
Poor work habits: When we flit from project to project, waiting for inspiration to arrive, stalling, not learning those important lessons, repeating the same early steps over and over…
Shortcut seeking: We often want to skip the the long route and chase the shorter, faster path. We want the get-rich-quick schemes, insider access and the quest to get it right now.
Lottery thinking: This is a variation of shortcut thinking, but it involves getting picked. We start to believe that there is one person, one organization, one magic Wizard of Oz who will magically make it all happen for us.
Lack of self-awareness: Some of us carry the self-delusion that all the critics are wrong and our work is world-class. These people are unable to perceive reality.
Just for kicks, imagine someone who embraces the opposite of all five of these behaviors. Someone focused on doing the work, their work, relentlessly getting better, shipping it, racking up small wins and earning one fan at a time. And doing it all with a trained eye on what it means to do it better.
It’s hard to imagine anyone getting a better shot at making a difference than those habits.
Special thanks to contributing author Seth Godin. Thanks for listening.