Monthly Archives: July 2016

Most people who know me are aware that I love American history. Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin and George Washington are three of my favorite historic figures. I have enjoyed reading their biographies and appreciating their accomplishments.

Abe Lincoln, for example, did what he did because he believed it was right. The innovation and accomplishments of Ben Franklin were nothing less than extraordinary. George Washington’s military leadership accomplishments remain awe-inspiring to this day. All three had such vision and incredibly strong commitment to those visions. Each was willing to take a stand even in extremely difficult situations.

Something I find most impressive is realizing what they did when they did it. Today, we are creatures of comfort. The world is at our fingertips with the click of a few buttons. We can discover virtually anything we want to know within seconds. Communication occurs instantly. There is very little waiting and we are ultra-connected to the support of vendors, employees, family, clients and friends. We are practically never untethered.

Lincoln, Franklin and, particularly, Washington did what they did — great things, historic things, spectacular things — within a context and time that we in 21st century America would find unbearably slow and inconvenient. Imagine trying to emulate some of their accomplishments today without modern technology.

One cannot help but be amazed by the accomplishments of people like Washington, Lincoln and Franklin. But when you think about the adversities and inconveniences they navigated to achieve these accomplishments, it is downright humbling.

What are you doing to learn from our country’s history?

I occasionally play a few rounds of golf and enjoy the game. One of the most critical concepts in golf is taking dead aim at the target. Done right, you let the target drive the physics of the swing. You don’t think about it, you just let it happen. You simply focus on seeing the target and driving toward it.

Naturally, to perfect the game you need to understand the basic techniques. You need to understand the rules of the game. Perhaps you read books on the subject or enlist the help of a professional coach. And then you practice, practice, practice.

We can translate this same concept into a business principle. Excelling at client service, recruiting and retaining talent, finding a better way to do things – all of these can be achieved once you focus on the target and take dead aim. Perfecting techniques, continual learning and practicing the skills all play a part in that success, but taking dead aim and driving toward your goal is the critical piece to making it happen.

What rules of sports do you apply to help you achieve your goals?