New Orleans is where I first read the four words in today’s title, and 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 “Poboy” 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 if 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 piece of pie in the sky.
Here is where the article got interesting. It reminded those in the funked-out group (those workers who were “dreaming” about greener pastures) that good things don’t often happen to those asleep at the wheel.
An interesting thought to say the least.
If you are content with buying time, waiting for something and someone to turn your life into a prettier picture, you are probably wearing a less-than-attractive face. And the people who are in position to help you make your life a happier place are not looking for folks who resemble the walking dead. In other words, as soon as you give up on yourself, you will be fighting a losing battle. You’re killing yourself. Your spitting into the wind. Your pulling on Superman’s cape. And, in all probability, you will soon be messing around with Leroy Brown. (An old Jim Croce Tune)
Bored people simply do not exhibit that “glad to meet-cha, come and get me” aura. Bored people don’t get promoted. Bored people don’t attract opportunities. Get it? And another thing while I am on the subject. Bored people are boring people. And I spend 80% of my professionally billed hours urging people to run away from boring people. Now, do you get it?
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, how does one void themselves from such tendencies? You become the exception. It is as simple as that.
Make a decision today to refuse to get 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 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 to have something wonderful happen. And what is that you ask? Your boring days will become yesterday’s news.
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