How Others Think, Random Thoughts and Riding a Bike
August 30, 2017
If you’ve spent any time reading things I’ve written previously, you know that I like to reference other people's thoughts and sometimes their actions. I enjoy reading about people – how they think, what makes them go and what they believe. I used to read a fair number of leadership books, but I realized unless you are specific and really focus on changing yourself and your behaviors, you are who you are. So more often now, I read about real people and their experiences and try to learn from them. These readings can be a book, magazine or even a newspaper article. You never know when or where that next interesting piece will come from.
Two things I read recently really made sense and inspired me. One was about being passionate in what you do, whether it be at work or in your personal life. This individual stated that if you get up every single day and love what you are about to embark on, the days don’t get long, you don’t get tired and you really don’t work for a living. We’ve all heard the statement that if you love what you do, it’s not really work. I believe those of us in healthcare have to love what we do, and I certainly speak from a much less committed platform than most. This gentleman went on to say that you’ve got to love the process. Every day. It’s about trying to be better tomorrow than we are today. This is true no matter what we are involved in. When you have love for the task or job, it is evident. Lastly, he said, if you are not going to love the process what’s the point? Also, don’t make excuses and don’t be easily deterred by rejection. His reference was “Don’t tell me how rocky the water is, just dock the boat!”
The other article I read was about getting involved. Our democratic society needs all of us, not just when our interests are involved, but over the span of our lifetimes. If you are tired of arguing with people over the internet or through written communication, maybe you should try talking in person. Be committed to do some organizing. Dive in. Some things will work out and some won’t, but it shouldn’t be for lack of trying. Being involved can energize and inspire you, and more often than not, your faith in the process will be confirmed. These thoughts came from a written piece by former President Obama, so I think he has some experience in these areas and knows what he is talking about.
Here is a quote I found interesting…”Don’t write an email you’re not prepared to see on the front page of the newspaper." Obviously, this is self-explanatory, but how many of us wish we had heard that advice before?
In closing, I was riding a bike the other day, and the saying ”It’s like riding a bike,” popped into my mind. And I wondered, why do we say “It’s like riding a bike”? Is it because we have mastered something and we can do it without thinking about it? Once we learn, why does riding a bike come so easily to us? Remember how hard it was to learn? (I remember teaching my older daughter and when she got going, I realized I forgot to teach her how to use the brakes!) Is it a good thing to be able to perform a task so well and so easily that you don’t have to think about it?
Thanks for "listening,"