I was listening to a podcast this past week where Jason Fried—founder of Basecamp—talked about not having expectations. It was interesting to get his take on how he approaches projects and personal development. On the surface, it sounds like a fairly free-spirited way of thinking about things, but as he continued to make his case, I found myself agreeing with most of his ideas. After all, I think some of the happiest moments of my life have come when I went into those moments without any preconceived expectations of how I wanted, or thought, they were going to go.
Of course, what he is known for is his post and philosophy on never having goals. I'm not quite there, yet. But I get where he is coming from and what he is trying to say. Sometimes, goals and expectations take the joy out of whatever it is you are doing or trying to do. Take running, for example, if your goal is to break the 6-minute mark and you run a 6:01, you are almost disappointed with yourself that you didn't push harder instead of just genuinely enjoying the run. The same goes for going on a vacation. If you miss the bus for that day-trip you've been planning, or the restaurant you wanted to go to is closed that particular day, you can let it ruin your entire trip if you let it.
There's something to this. I'm a big goal-setter. I have projects around the goals I'm trying to accomplish like work targets I want to hit, passion projects I want to accomplish, bucket list items I want to check off, but I wonder, sometimes, if one can have too many goals and expectations? What if we just did the best work we could, enjoy the moment as it comes, focus on our efforts, and let the chips fall where they may? I've seen goals take the meaning out of work. I've seen incentives skew the results in many negative ways. No organization would ever do this, especially sales orgs, but what would it look like if they did? I would like to see how the results and work would be different if they didn't talk about metrics, forecasts, or KPI's, and instead focused on doing great work and loving what they did every day. No more pleasing the stakeholders. No more win-or-go-home attitude. Just sticking to some foundational principles and letting the score take care of itself.
Some other things I'm enjoying, reading, and thinking about:
Book I'm reading: Thinking, Fast and Slow: Daniel Kahneman. It's a meaty one, too. Might take me a while to get through it.
Purchase I'm enjoying: The Floyd Side Table. Solid, sturdy design. Can be used as a side table or stool. Perfect for minimalist apartments.
New thing I'm trying: Blogging in the morning and Moringa powder.
There is so much more I want to do with this blog. I'm realizing that if I am to build what I want to build, I'm going to have to wake up earlier, prioritize better, and make some sacrifices to make it happen. Maybe I should sit down and set some goals—or not...
Week 35 ’18 goals
- Close 17.5k in revenue this week
- Add over 100 people to LinkedIn Project (and send)
- 20 new candidate calls/meetings
- 20 submittals
- Blog every day
- Book trips: Cold Spring, Iceland, Utah
- Workout 5 times this week
- Read 1 Book/Podcasts instead of TV
- Start making progress on my SDR course
- Get better at scheduling out my days