Willing to Be a Builder
May 6, 2010 7 Comments
You have lots of enthusiasm about your career. Maybe you want to launch your own business. You’re enthused by the success stories you’ve heard, and you see fame and riches on the horizon.
Good – that’s a start. But here’s the reality check. If you want to be a success, you have to be willing to be a builder.
Action by action, person by person, role by role, year by year, your reputation is built. There is no short cut here – consistent excellence, concern for others, and proven character are the ingredients. No get-rich-quick scheme buys you a good name.
Skills? You have them. Now you need to hone them and build them up. Which means doing, practicing, exploring, evolving. If you’re a writer, it may take you years to find your “voice” – don’t be discouraged by this. Just realize that you may end up with little competition over time, because few others will be willing to pay the price!
Your future will depend, in large part, on your network. Anyone can accumulate “followers” – what you want is high-value people who value you. And that takes investment over time – acts and words of kindness, personal interest, meetings, making connections. All of which takes consistent effort. You’re building, not acquiring, a network.
Here’s a hint – look for others who are long-distance runners. Short-term people jump in and out of fads. Builders visualize the end goal and get busy making it happen. Brick by brick. Day by day. While surrounded by a trend-accelerated world, these folks know what it takes to build.
Excellence. Love. Labor. Time. If you’re willing to be a builder, and wish to be a leader, you’ll settle for nothing less.
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