It’s Time to Let Go of Wilson

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One of my favorite Tom Hanks movies is “Cast Away.”

It’s essentially “one-man” survival movie about tragedy, hope, and the dream to one day get rescued from this deserted island. Can you imagine the utter despair and disappointment of having an airplane or boat pass right by you without even noticing your desperate cries for help?

Hanks’ character spends 1,500 days on the island. That’s over 4 years! I wonder how many times he wanted to give up?

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One Word = Persist

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Great short read by Jon Gordon.

The basic concept is so simple, it might seem overly-obvious – but the implications are important.

When you commit and focus to doing one thing, it becomes easier to focus on simply doing that one thing.

It’s similar to having a one page business plan as opposed to having a 50 page manifesto that basically says the same thing.

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Even the Cymbal Player Gets Sheet Music

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When I was in the high school concert band, I really wanted to play the drums. But we had an awesome drummer already, his name was Rob Bell. Besides, I was a freshman so there was no way I was getting near that drum kit.

You had to pay your dues to work up to it.

So I started where most percussionists do. With the cymbals. Or wood block, triangle, and wind chimes. I’ve done it all. Never got to be the star of the show, but I was on the stage.  And I played my part as enthusiastically as I could.

Here’s what’s interesting to me: even though I was only playing a small part I still needed to see the sheet music.  All of it.

Even though my part didn’t come until measure 72, I needed to follow along from the beginning to make sure I was at the right place.  And even if my shining moment is only 6 quarter note cymbal crashes, if I mess up it everyone will notice.

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