No – I am not talking about dating or the money you need to retire. The other day I heard a radio program celebrating their three-thousandth show. The two deejays have been working together for fifteen years, and I wondered how many shows they would end up doing all together in total. That is, there is a number at which they will no longer do another show – fini, terminado…
It got me thinking that there are all sorts of activities we do that seem like they’ll go on forever. A daily run, coaching sessions with employees, strategic planning meetings, etc. Somewhere in our future, there is a number for all these activities that will be final. That got me thinking about a fellow in Belfast I’ve had the privilege of getting to know, and first mentioned him in a post I wrote last year. Bryan Keating is a very distinguished and accomplished gentlemen and he had three mantras that really stuck with me:
- The dynamics of enterprise always throws up uncertainties and ambiguities.
- Take action sooner rather than later.
And my favorite:
3. Life is not a dress rehearsal.
I don’t know about you, but I am stepping away from this computer, because I have stuff to do – mostly things that people told me couldn’t be done!