“You need a commitment strategy, not an exit strategy.
You should be thinking about how to make your project
grow and succeed, not how you’re going to jump ship.
If your whole strategy is based on leaving,
chances are you won’t get far in the first place.”
— Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson, from ReWork
I’ve known some people that focus on the exit strategy more than the success strategy. One of those people was me.
As a sales manager in an auto dealership hiring and training sales people, I found a number of people who had more exit strategy than success strategy. Many were waiting for a better opportunity, much like James Garner in Support Your Local Sheriff, where he is always saying that he’s just on his way to Australia. Just passing through.
Sometimes we might think, what will I do if it doesn’t work, the we begin making a list, when completely ignoring the what if and focusing on the success would change the whole attitude and likely the aptitude as well. Some say, ‘well, you have to weigh the pros and cons, you know.’ No. . . .you don’t. That isn’t a requirement at all, and it can even be counterproductive.
What is required to succeed is a focus on success, not an avoidance of failure! What is required for health is a focus on health, not avoidance of disease! What is required for happiness is a focus on being happy, not an absence of challenge.
I can now clearly see that any ‘failed’ achievement in my past was not focusing on the successful outcome, which eventually became lack of commitment, then seeking a viable exit strategy. There’s too many things to worry about once we go down that worry road, so there isn’t any point in doing that. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is our commitment strategy.
It’s Time To Make It Work. Period.
Spread Some Joy Today–It’s sort of funny, but when failure is not an option, success is a given. Hasn’t it always worked out that way with that kind of commitment?