Make Sure It’s Not a Total Waste

Is this meeting really necessary?

Have you ever noticed how often things don’t go as you planned?

I was invited to give a short 15 minute presentation of my book to a Business Advisory Group at my university. I was honored they would ask me to speak and gladly accepted the invitation. I was actually looking forward to this because there were a good number of decision makers in the room.

The meeting was 2.5 hours long, and I was on the agenda for the last 15 minutes. That’s right. For a 2.5 hour meeting, I was the guy to go the last 15 minutes, right before lunch. They say never be the “guy standing before an audience and lunch.”

I was that guy.

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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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Don’t Worry – Do Something

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I also like this quote:

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglia

What has worry ever done to help you?

Why do you let it take up space in your head?

Stop worrying and do something.

Work. Write. Exercise. Help someone. Finish a project. Call a friend. Create a new marketing campaign.

Don’t just sit there and wallow in your worry and self-pity.  Many others have gone before you with the same worries.  Some have been consumed and some of have gone on to do something about their fears.

It’s time to go and do something productive.