One Question

If you would be the only person on earth – would you still do what you currently do?

What is Good?

What is good?

Maybe, good is what is good for you….

… and your family.

… and your partner.

… and your friends.

… and your community.

… and for as many people as possible.

Maybe, good is what is good for as many people as possible.

That seems good.

Maybe, good is also what is good for as many people as possible now.

… and tomorrow.

… and a month from now.

… and a year from now.

… and for as long as possible.

Maybe, what is good is what is good for as many people as possible for as long as possible.

Maybe, that’s the highest good.

Leadership at the Point of the Bayonet

1. Strive to be a leader of character, competence, and courage.

2. Lead from the front. Say, “Follow me!” and then lead the way.

3. Stay in top physical shape—physical stamina is the root of mental toughness.

4. Develop your team. If you know your people, are fair in setting realistic goals and expectations, and lead by example, you will develop teamwork.

5. Delegate responsibility to your subordinates and let them do their jobs. You can’t do a good job if you don’t have a chance to use your imagination or your creativity.

6. Anticipate problems and prepare to overcome obstacles. Don’t wait until you get to the top of the ridge and then make up your mind.

7. Remain humble. Don’t worry about who receives the credit. Never let power or authority go to your head.

8. Take a moment of self-reflection. Look at yourself in the mirror every night and ask yourself if you did your best.

9. True satisfaction comes from getting the job done. The key to a successful leader is to earn respect—not because of rank or position, but because you are a leader of character.

10. Hang Tough!—Never, ever, give up.

Major Dick Winters, Beyond Band Of Brothers

Winter’s final remarks in his book “Beyond Band of Brothers”.

Timeless principles for combat, leadership and life.

Experience Precedes Confidence

Why are you confident in certain difficult situations while being doubtful in others?

One reason is that you know what to do.

But, even if you know how to do something you often feel doubtful, afraid or insecure. Clearly, knowing what to do is not enough.

What you need is experience.

You need to know that you have successfully navigated difficult situations in the past.

This is why theory can’t replace execution. It’s why doing is generally more powerful than thinking.

Gain enough experience and you won’t have to act like you are confident – you will be confident.

The Right Book

In the past I’ve written about “The Right Book“.

I defined it as a book “that make[s] you better, smarter and healthier so you can live a better life.”

Recently, I came across this quote by Austin Kleon:

“If a book makes me want to keep reading, it’s the right book.
If a book makes me want to start writing, it’s the right book.”

Austin Kleon, The Right Book

Our definitions have something in common:

The right books help you take action.

They make you turn the next page, think about an idea, reflect on your actions or change your behavior.

Do you read the right book?

Maintenance Monday

Every time a non-urgent task comes up I open my calendar and schedule it for Monday.

Over the course of a week, my to-do list for Monday grows.

On Monday, I take a look at every task that I have scheduled and make a prioritized and time-efficient to-do list. Then I focus exclusively on taking care of these tasks one by one until I’ve completed all items on my list.

I do this for three reasons:

  1. I stay focused during the week.
    I don’t get slowed down or distracted by menial tasks and avoid time-consuming follow-up requests or additional tasks that originate from the first task.
  2. I keep my mind clear.
    I don’t have to remember ten tasks that I should or could do every day. I don’t forget tasks either, because everything is scheduled for Monday.
  3. Tasks don’t pile up.
    Because I execute on my to-do list every Monday I generally don’t have a massive to-do list.

When you live a meaningful life a Maintenance (Mon)day allows you to stay focused on what truly matters.