I am reading a new book “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” by Ben Horowitz. It is an entertaining book from a wildly successful CEO in the tech business.
I just finished the chapter entitled “Nobody Cares.” He recounts a famous interview with NFL Coach Bill Parcells after high first season with the NY Giants. Parcells was lamenting to his friend Al Davis (owner of the Raiders) over the number of injuries his team had sustained.
Parcells: “Al, I am just not sure how we can win without so many of our best players. What should I do?”
Davis: “Bill, nobody cares, just coach your team.”
Horowitz adds “when things go wrong in your company, nobody cares. The media don’t care, your investors don’t care, your board doesn’t care…All the mental energy you use to elaborate your misery would be far better used trying to find the one seemingly impossible way out of your current mess. Spend zero time on what you could have done and devote all your time on what you might do. Because in the end, no one cares; just run your company.”
That probably applies to the current problem you are worried about. It’s time to stop agonizing and get to work on the solution.
Thanks for listening.