Every Monday I get the opportunity to take a second and challenge each of one of us that reads this blog to start their week with a bang! To follow simple disciplines that will change the course of your day, week, month, and life. Go get it! We are locked and loaded and ready to start the book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, by the late Stephen R Covey. I took his class in college and still remember principles that I learned, and continue to use them to this day. Leggooo! Today, Stephen begins to talk about how if we want to change our situation, we first have to change ourselves. And that to change ourselves effectively, we have to change our perceptions.
The world we live in is a crazy place. If you simply look around you, much of what we are taught by the media is centered around quick fixes and putting a band-aid over our problems, instead of really getting down to solve them. Most of the world no longer teaches of integrity, humility, fidelity, temperance, courage, justice, patience, and modesty. Instead, society teaches us to lie, cheat, steel, backbite, and do whatever else is necessary to get ahead. And the worst part about it is that many conform to that way of thinking.
What happened to the days when hard work and honesty paved the way? I look at the industry that I have worked in for the last 14 years. Back when I first started selling we had to beg to get the job. Now, salesmen ask for money to be paid to them before they even get to work. Back then, no one quit and went home. They made commitments and they were hell-bent on keeping them. Today, you have to remind guys over and over and over again of the commitment they made earlier. Don’t get me wrong, the strong men at DishOne are stronger dudes than I ever was when I was there age. They have to be. There are so many outside distractions in this world that to be great, you have got to work your ass off. My point is this. The world is loud, and it always has an opinion. And it will chew you up and spit you out if you don’t understand the importance of thinking differently, doing differently, and expecting more.
What does an effective person in this world do to not just survive? Instead of conform, they create!
Drinking the Stephen R juice, Cram