Not Just for Go-Getters

fridgeI don’t want this to sound like a scammy pitch from a motivational speaker. I’m not trying to get your money and “empower” is buzz word that makes me want to jump into farm equipment. And not in a fun way. The blades and missing limbs way. Okay. Here it goes.

Success is not just for go-getters.

Sometimes it feels like the only way to get ahead is to spend every waking moment networking and planning your next move. Sure, it probably helps. Remembering people’s names and how long you should shake their hand (never let go first?) is one way to go about things. Probably a good way to go about things. But not everyone is good at that!

Does that mean your ideas and talent are doomed to go no further than the kitchen fridge, held up by a fading Pizza Hut magnet? Of course not. If something is important to you, you’ll work for it. Just not to the extent that workaholics like Martha Stewart do.

My favorite musician is Miles Kurosky, lead singer of the now defunct band Beulah. I read an interview him a few years back, that I can’t for the life of me find and cite properly, where he divulged how lazy he was. How his job for the day of the interview was to get to the post office to mail out some merchandise. And that probably wasn’t going to happen.

Wow, I thought. This brilliant musician has some of the same hangups that I do! Knowing that made me feel a little better about myself. Sure, it doesn’t excuse sloth. If crumbs have found a home in your cardigan and you’re too busy to wipe them off, you might have a problem. But creativity doesn’t come out of one personality type. Success isn’t born out of one way of going about things.

Work within your means to do the things you like. If it’s important to you, you’ll have the desire to work on creation. If it isn’t, you’ll flip on Storm Chasers until something important does come to you. If you’re a go-getter, great. If you’re not, super. There are many roads to success. Some take longer. Some are more enjoyable. And none are wrong.

Unless you’re a jerk who is screwing people over. Don’t do that.

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