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It is How You Finish

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moneyball-posterMoneyball. Have you seen it? The 2011 baseball movie with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill was quite an amazing true story. IMDB describes it as “Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.” While watching this on a plane to Rome, one key phrase that Pitt’s character Billy Beane said was “All they care about is if you win the last game.”

In taking the time to think about this, one thing became evident. This statement is true in every facet of life, no matter how much hard work you put in.

Promotions will happen early to those who performed well on the last big project, whether or not they are ready for the leadership role. Other executives will perform well their entire career, make one bad decision and pull it all out from under themselves.

Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. Billy Beane is a great example of preparation and determination for career success. He has developed his personal brand with thoughtful resourcing, innovative uses of technology and open-mindedness. Beane is leaving people with something significant. There is no reason why me or you should know Beane unless we were entrenched in the baseball world, but he is leaving his career with something significant.

It is okay to lose games in life as long as you learn from each of them. Take the sum of the losing games and build yourself up to one big winning game. Beane’s quote challenges you to leave them with something significant. Leave them with something significant in every possible thing you do. “Them” is anyone and everyone in life because you never know who you are talking to or who is listening. “Something significant” are the tangible and intangible things that leave a positive impact. If you died tomorrow, what is the last thing you have done and what would that person say about you? Are you happy or would you change it? Now is the time to start.

Start the New Year Off Right

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timeLast year I wrote a blog article on making the ultimate new year’s resolution. I started my year off with my own advice – do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today. I took that advice and shortened it saying “The time is now!” I wrote the saying everywhere. I kept it in my mind. I repeated it to my friends when they asked for my advice. I told it to multiple audiences in professional presentations I gave. I told it to strangers.

A new year’s resolution is a way of making yourself better. It is about being able to continue it, not only this year but, for years to come. I followed my own advice and many great things happened as a direct result, as follows:

  1. I attained a new dream job at Airfoil Tech Marcom and PR
  2. I was asked to sit on the Board of Directors for Michigan Parkinson Foundation
  3. I was accepted to teach professional development courses on social media at my alma mater, Madonna University
  4. I achieved my one year blog goals
  5. I was asked to sit on the Madonna University Alumni Advisory Board
  6. I’m going to be a Dad (the best one of all)

By telling myself a simple line – the time is now – in all situations, I was able to elevate myself to a level of success that I did not expect. The world will not wait for you. You will never be as young, good-looking or healthy as you are today. So, why wait? Through this next year, challenge yourself. Now is the time:

  • To make sure you are happy
  • To help someone
  • To help yourself
  • To push yourself for that promotion
  • To write that email
  • To make that phone call
  • To try something new
  • To ask that question

Give it a shot and tell me how it is going for you. I may feature you in a blog article. For me, now is the time to finish writing my book this year. I’ll update you throughout the year on the progress.

What was your resolution last year? How long did you follow through on it? What is your resolution this new year?