Average is never enough

One of the most interesting memories of my early career, say 1983, came by chance when recruited by a highly prominent firm at the time and the CEO gave a quick impromptu speech to the top recruits.

His comments were direct, made a stern point and without question a sign of the time, ‘he does not expect anyone to work more than eighty hours a week’.

At this moment many reading in 2018 are aghast at such demands and before assault on his commentary is met with rattling drums and sabres, he lead a tremendously successful career and left his stamp in real estate in the world’s finest cities.

The point was and for that matter is,

nothing of merit comes free and if one is not ready to put in the hours required to excel, one simply does not possess the proverbial elixir in ‘what it takes’.

Near thirty-five years later, let us be honest, there is far too much coddling in a ‘ribbons for last’ society and the vast majority are conditioned to be accepting of average.

Average is not, not in 1983, not in 2018, sufficient.

Accept this, each day will be a challenge and goal achievement will invariably require a greater effort than what was considered when first approached. Yet in so doing, the reward of goal achievement is sweeter.

2018, as it was in 1983, be the one that over delivers.

JKD

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