Living life is oftentimes as simple as that, keeping rocks out of the river.
It is avoiding the mistakes in life that derail you.
Some of the most common mistakes we make personally are things like:
- too little sleep
- bad diet
- lying, cheating, stealing
- not thinking in advance of the consequences
I used to have a guy that worked for me. He was incredible. Great motivator. Dedicated. Passionate. Hard worker. He did amazing things. He would kill himself working. He wouldn't take the time to eat right. He wouldn't get good rest. And as you would imagine, he would be out sick for a few days quite often.
I would tell him, I don't need you to kill yourself for me. Pace yourself. Live a balanced life. You might not get the incredible highs of manic work. But you also won't experience the lows of sickness, missed work. Not to mention the toll it would take on his family.
What I would always say is, "You want your employees to WANT to have your job." In his case, NO ONE wanted his job because everyone assumed that is how much you had to work to be successful.
It is the same thing personally as at work. How many companies have you gone into and something they did negatively turned you off from frequenting their business again. Perhaps the floors weren't clean. Maybe they didn't get your order right.
But today, we expect/demand a certain standard of excellence.
So for me, that was what I felt my job was. I had to keep the rocks out of the river. I had to make certain that the complaints that we got were fixed. Not just then, but systematically fixed so that it would not happen again.
Perhaps it was a sales territory that did not grow. Or maybe it was damages of products to a certain territory. Once we were getting a bunch of complaints from San Diego. Come to find out, a driver working for one of our trucking companies was not showing up on time. And the customer blamed us! But ultimately it was a reflection on us that we had to fix.
I felt we did not have to be the greatest, fastest, most innovative company. But we needed to have excellence to the clients every day.
By keeping the rocks out of the river, personally and professionally, you will live a more balanced satisfying life. What are the rocks in your river that are keeping you from doing YOUR best?