New Orleans is where I first read the four words in today’s title. They immediately caught my attention. I was waiting for a flight to Atlanta while reading the Sunday edition of The Times – Picayune, wondering what the heck a “Po’ boy” was on the breakfast menu.
“Refuse to be bored” read the headline.
Just the day before, I had shown a slide during a franchise presentation which read “Mistakes are never boring.” I think this is why I made the connection with this particular headline. I wanted to know more.
The gist of the article keyed off the fact that ¾ of today’s workers are dreaming about beginning a new job. Nearly half say they plan to “boogaloo” down the road as soon as the economy picks up, and that nearly a third have already started looking for that new piece of pie in the sky.
Here is where the article got interesting. It reminded those in the group of funked-out (those workers who were “dreaming” about greener pastures) that good things don’t often happen to those asleep at the wheel.
Think about it.
If you are content with buying time, waiting for something or someone to turn your life into a prettier picture, you are probably portraying a less than attractive visual. The people who are in position to help you and make your life a happier place are not looking for folks who resemble the walking dead.
In other words, you are fighting a losing battle. You’re killing yourself. You’re spitting into the wind. You are swimming up river and against the tide.
Bored people do not exhibit that “glad to meet-cha” aura. Bored people don’t get promoted. Bored people don’t attract opportunities. Get it? Another thing while I am on the subject, bored people are boring people. I spend 80% of my professionally-billed hours urging people to run away from boring people. Pronto.
To paraphrase one of today’s hip sayings, ” Boring is so not you.”
If there is any truth to the saying “Luck favors the prepared mind,” then there is a whole lot of truth to the saying “Luck favors the happening dude/dudette.”
So when it comes to boredom and/or boring behavior, how does one become the exception? Easy!
Make up your mind today to refuse to become bored, and refuse to become boring. Then, in addition to your To-do List, create a To-Try List with a set of “experiments.” This list identifies the “worsts.” List the worst thing about working with you. List the worst thing about working for your company. List the worst thing about using your service or product.
Once you list the problems the solutions will start to appear. They will begin to surface out of the blue from everything you do and everywhere you go. The net result of all this apparent foolishness is that you will be positioning yourself as a person worth being around.
Your boring days will be yesterday’s news. You will now be “happening.”