You have to show up.
It’s not good enough to be around the game or talk about the game. You have to be in the game. Sweating it out. Getting injured. Gasping for air.
Everything else is what losers do.
Losers have ideas but never start working on them. Losers become cynical, skeptical, and negative when you challenge them. Losers make excuses and find problems with any idea.
It’s not about brains. It’s about guts. Business guts
Just because you have a college degree doesn’t mean that you’re in the game. It doesn’t mean you’re bleeding blood. Just because you have a c-level title doesn’t mean that you’re playing as hard as you should be.
Talent doesn’t trump effort.
You don’t get to think longer or smarter. No. Making a difference means that you work harder. You can’t escape that.
We’ve become a business culture of dead-beat losers.
We show up and have fun, but when things get tough, we dodge the hard questions. We pretend like our activities don’t have any consequences. We’re quick to make the case that “it’s not us”. We’re somehow not responsible for the results of our behavior. We’re quick to point the finger outward instead of looking inward.
And it feeds into a culture of in pain and chaos that couples any chance we have of making a difference.
It disrupts and destroys our ability to achieve greatness.
You can run and duck and dodge and blame but that doesn’t change the fact that you’re a dead-beat. A loser. Only you can change that. And it’s really not that hard. You can start today. Start by getting back in the game. By bleeding blood.
The answer is not an apology or an explanation. The answer is to get back in the game.
That is what champions do. They rise to meet the challenge in front of them. They push the limits of possibility. They strive mightily against the enemy.
They show up. Perhaps most importantly, they care.
And you can’t care and be a loser.
Caring is for champions.