Skate To Where The Puck Is Going To Be, Not Where It Is

There was a concept I learned when I started playing hockey around the age of 4. When chasing a puck across the ice, skate to where the puck is going to be, not where the puck is. The concept was immortalized when the Great Wayne Gretzky said something similar. 

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This is as true in business as it is in hockey. Nobody cares about yesterday’s idea. They care about tomorrow’s innovation. 

In theory, it’s a simple concept. In reality, not so much. 

With that, I give you these e-lance listing.

#MissedThePuck

Let me make this as clear as possible

1. When you work hard at something you become good at it.

2. When you become good at doing something, you will enjoy it more.

3. When you enjoy doing something, there is a very good chance you will become passionate or more passionate about it

4. When you are good at something, passionate and work even harder to excel and be the best at it, good things happen.

Don’t follow your passions, follow your effort. It will lead you to your passions and to success, however you define it.

The Best “Quick Motivation” Business Book You’ll Ever Read

Mark Cuban (from Shark Tank and owner of the Dallas Mavericks) has an awesome blog called Blog Maverick. He has posted a ton of stuff I have taken for my own and implemented in my every day workflow and thought process. 

His book, "How to Win at The Sport of Business" is a compilation of the best of his blog posts, and it’s worth a few hours of you life to read.  It’s a quick read, but there is so much good advice you will probably read it twice. 

A few of my favorite quotes from the book:

“In every job, I would justify it in my mind, whether I loved it or hated it, that I was getting paid to learn and every experience would be of value when I figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up.”

- GREAT advice.  Find something to learn at every job. Better yourself to better your life. 

“Most people won’t put in the time to get a knowledge advantage. Sure, there were folks that worked hard at picking up every bit of information that they could, but we were few and far between. To this day, I feel like if I put in enough time consuming all the information available, particularly with the Internet making it so readily accessible, I can get an advantage in any technology business.”

- I live by this. 

“It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and from those around you because …

All that matters in business is that you get it right once.”

The book is full of awesome information. Pick it up on Amazon (or the kindle edition for 3 bucks), or in the iTunes store

These are slightly better than my Virtual Boy, but I think I feel equally as awkward wearing them. 

These are slightly better than my Virtual Boy, but I think I feel equally as awkward wearing them. 

“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.”

— Harry S. Truman

“The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.”

— Henry David Thoreau (Courtesy of Ted Ferrin)