The Mountain

If you are currently living in Japan, you know that there has been a lot of snow this past week. It has been great for the ski areas across Japan. I was fortunate enough to hit this slopes this past weekend and it was amazing powder. Skiing in knee deep powder snow in most places is rare and I very much enjoyed the opportunity. As with most outings, the day of fun reinforced many life and professional facts I have learned over my career. If you have ever seen someone on TV ski in knee deep powder snow, it is graceful and elegant (normally it is shown in slow motion so that all can truly appreciate the beauty and grace). The fact of the matter is that it is extremely hard, both physically and technically! You have to be very aggressive, in top shape, focused and powerful in your moves or you are sure to fall.

Each time I was at the top of the mountain, I kept saying out loud to myself, “Don’t be Lazy,” Don’t be Lazy,” Don’t be Lazy!” On the runs that I remained aggressive and focus, I felt like a pro and had a great feeling of pride. Looking back up the mountain that I had just “conquered” put a big smile on my face.

On the runs that I “phoned it in” or was simply “going through the motions (i.e. being lazy)”, I fell. The mountain somehow knew I wasn’t doing what I needed to do, and made me pay… and made me pay dearly! Of course we all know this, but the lesson in this story is that if you want to have success in your professional career, have a great feeling of pride and self-accomplishment you have to be aggressive and focused in your daily activities. Make sure you accomplish your job requirements every day effectively. Focus on what has to be done and your technique is your ability to not only accomplish your tasks, but to get the best quality and results out of the work you put into them… every run (i.e. every day). If you do, you will have more success and you will finish each day with a great big smile on your face!

If you simply go through the motions and are lazy, you will fall (i.e. fail)! The mountain (i.e. your boss, colleagues or clients) will know and they will make you pay! Let’s all be aggressive, focused and powerful every day in our professional life and if you need to say out loud to yourself, “Don’t be Lazy,” Don’t be Lazy,” Don’t be Lazy,” do so and then take action! Make yourself proud!

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