Exceeding the Possibilities

This mornings train ride was most interesting and enlightening. Particularly as I was reading Jack Welch‘s book on leadership.
City in the City
But moreso because of the phone conversation I heard behind me. Despite only hearing only one side of it, much of the details were a bad inditement of the attitude of this person an probably many more in his game.

His words:

“I don’t have to work so hard. They want me to get at least 3 sales each day. Easy. That’s 1 between 10-12pm, 1 between 12-2pm and 1 more between 2-4pm. I can do that, yeah too easy.”

Now I am most impressed that this character finds it all too easy. But I don’t applaud how stagnant he is making his job.

Wouldn’t you want to exceed your expectations? Maybe you’d even like to outdo what the boss expects of you?

The worst you can do is meet your primary goals. But maybe your ability to exceed will win you some power in the hierarchy of the business.



I started writing this earlier this morning, but each hour throughout the day whilst doing other things I added a few extra words, revised the structure, deleted a bit here, tweaked the sentence structure slightly … until it arrived at this point. Where I decided that any more would take it backwards five steps. The title was decided upon after connecting with someone upon Google+ about an hour ago.


Stop. Just stop. Stop now.

Take a moment to just remember.
Stop talking, turn off your phone, stop the car, close your eyes, calm down, chill out.
Don’t let anger get the better of your mind.
Don’t let the terrorists win, don’t let war win, don’t let anger win. Let go.
Remember that we are here today, and tomorrow, and for as long as retaliation isn’t allowed to win.
Breathe, in and out.
If you believe in an eye for an eye, then you are no better than those that threw the first punch.
Stop hitting back.
When your focus is placed solely on all that you dislike, you forget all that is good in the world.
Stop hating.

Stop. Just stop.

Then begin. Start over.

Take the rest of your life to listen, to learn, to become more than you’ve ever been before.
Find happiness in the world.
Enjoy the food, the wine, the family, the good times. Have fun.
Take time to plant life, in the garden, in the world, in your heart, in your mind.
Become someone.
If you look deep into yourself, you will find someone worth the effort and the time.
Start today.
When your focus is pushed into all that you love, you discover all that is good in the world.

Start now. Start over.
Just remember to write it all down.

For those that cannot read between the lines, I write to express myself. This is for those that died ten years ago in the World Trade Centre.