Passion is a powerful thing! When combined with motivation, it can move mountains and blaze the skies—it can, and has, literally changed the world. However, passion can be fragile when not supported by those who do not share your desire to continually learn and improve. The ones who consistently drag their feet, complain, back-stab, and undermine your efforts can be an anchor on your motivation to push forward. It takes hard work; it takes leading by example; it takes relentless perseverance; and it takes showing the way, even when it appears no one is looking (they’re watching, trust me). Don’t allow those who drag behind to extinguish your flame of passion!
STAY FIRED UP, and don’t let the recliner slugs suck you into the sofa!
I desperately wanted to be two things growing up, a rock guitar legend and… a rock guitar legend! I’ve been playing guitar since I was 10-years-old and I just knew that I was destined to be playing in packed arenas around the globe, with a legions of adoring fans chanting my name, throwing undergarments onto the stage, and playing air guitar while I shredded my latest virtuoso under the bright lights of a stage! One tiny problem with that ambition – I could never play that well! No matter how much I practiced, my fingers could never make the magic that Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads made so effortlessly. I could play the notes, but I couldn’t make the music! That’s a hard lesson for a young man to learn when he knew it was his destiny to be a Guitar God.
There are times when our ambition gets the best of our common sense and pragmatic reality. Just as not everyone can be Stevie Ray Vaughan, not everyone is management material – regardless of your career aspirations and dogged determination. That’s not to say you can’t be a leader, because you can and should – just don’t let the thought of setting in the C-Suite blind you of your true motives. There are enough paper pushing, self-centered, career building, self-promoting, incompetent managers – we don’t need more.
Do it for the RIGHT reasons, not because you believe you’re the chosen one. Promotion should be about putting yourself in a position to better serve others, not so they can serve you.
This Christmas, take time to appreciate all those who have put the COVID-19 burden and fight on their shoulders and continue to battle on so we can march to a post-pandemic future – a return to some sort of new normalcy. They truly are the heroes of 2020!
STAY FIRED UP, and reflect on the good and positive. ______________
This past year has taught us much… especially about new ways to occupy our time during quarantines and curfews. I’m not judging, but some have taken this to new and adventurous extremes. Live and let live… but keep an an extra set of keys around.
May 2021 prove to be less adventurous and a tad more normal!
We all have that one person, that one firehouse clown who keeps us all laughing, if not a little annoyed – at least I hope you do! In these days of COVID-19, social turmoil, political buffoonery, and angst over just abut everything, we need our clowns to show us that there is something to smile about – to laugh about. We could all use a lesson in meaningful brevity, humility, compassion, understanding, tolerance, reflection, and humor: May the firehouse clowns lead the way!