These are three words that you can’t go a day around here without hearing. They are at the core of each of our employee’s work ethic, and they are things we try to instill in each and every client we talk to. Do you have these three attributes when it comes to your business?
Hunger – I read this story the other day told by someone who used to train with Bruce Lee.
“Bruce had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We’d run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-two minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile [Note: when running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six-and-a-half minutes per mile.] So this morning he said to me, “We’re going to go five.” I said, “Bruce, I can’t go five. I’m a lot older than you are, and I can’t do five.” He said, “When we get to three, we’ll shift gears and it’s only two more and you’ll do it.” I said, “Okay, I’ll go for it.” So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile and I’m okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out. I’m tired, my heart’s pounding. I can’t go any more and so I say to him, “Bruce, if I run any more,” — and we’re still running — “if i run any more I’m liable to have a heart attack and die.” He said, “Then die.” It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterward I went to the shower and then I wanted to talk to him about it. I said, you know, “Why did you say that?” He said, “Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread limits into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”
Whether this pertains to physical training, or your business endeavors, you must have a vision. What is your vision for yourself? For your company? Are you always looking to achieve? Or have you become satisfied with where you are, stagnant.
Humility – If you’re going to start doing anything, you must realize you have some things to learn from those who have already done it. Be willing to take advice. Seek out anyone who has done this before, and accept advice from those around you. Don’t get so proud as to assume you’re the only one who really understands what’s going on. There is nothing new under the sun. Someone, somewhere, has done this before.
Zeal – Different from Hunger, this implies you have a passion for what you are doing. Be energetic about it. Let your excitement be so evident and vivid that it becomes contagious. If you’re about to start a business, or anything at all for that matter, and you’re not passionate about it…that is your first (and hopefully final) red flag. Don’t get involved with something you’re not passionate about! And if you don’t know what you are passionate about, figure that out A.S.A.P.