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The other day I was in the kitchen making lunch, when the building shook. I immediately asked my colleagues in the back office if they were OK – as the accompanying loud “thud” I heard sounded like it came from their offices.
They were both OK but looking out the windows.
I joined them in time to see a truck slowly moving forward, away from the lower ledge of our building that it had just backed into – pieces of our building’s white ledge crumbling down on his truck, which now had a huge gash on its top.
Wow. He had just hit our building hard enough to make it shake, rip up his roof, and make plaster crumble down on his truck. Surely he would park and enter the building, to call the landlord — taking responsibility for his accident, right?
“You simply cannot craft a successful, rewarding and happy career or life if you don’t know yourself deeply, intimately and fearlessly.”
This outstanding line comes from an article I just read on the always inspiring Forbes.com website. The title of the article is “How Superficiality Will Kill Your Career” and it’s a powerhouse of a read. I’ve talked a lot in this blog about how to be happy at work. There are also countless books published on this topic every year that try to teach this concept.
The very fact that there are so many articles and books on the subject of happiness in the workplace illustrates the extent of our mutual, nationwide discontent at work — but are the solutions we have been coming up with too superficial to really make any profound or lasting changes?
Are you a chronic procrastinator?
I can hardly think of another “bad” habit that will take such a toll on your productivity and forward motion in your career over the years.
Whether you are procrastinating finishing a project or report, procrastinating over preparing a presentation, procrastinating on asking for a raise or a promotion, procrastinating on looking for a new job when the one you’re in clearly isn’t right, or procrastinating on talking to that direct hire who just isn’t fulfilling your expectations — well, you get the picture — none of these are good scenarios that inspire greatness or thoughts of leadership and success.
In a very real sense, procrastination drags your life to a near halt. If you have it in one area of life, it’s likely you also have it in many others.