Any lessons we received in childhood about character values weren’t enough to last us a lifetime. And when you work for a living, those lessons fade into your distant memory. Consequentially, good business savvy is hard to come by because so few people realize that it’s all about the character traits they’ve ignored over the years. Professionals need to educate themselves, or else they’re sloppy with the essentials of better business and productivity. That’s why Shawn Blanc writes about mindfulness so much:
… [T]here are so many lists and methodologies for personal growth and becoming a person who gets things done. None of them are “the only one”. There is no secret potion. Which is why I’ve been trying to see if there’s a common denominator. Is there just a simple concept or idea to keep in the front of mind as we try to stay steady in our pursuit of doing our best creative work?
I think there is. It’s having a commitment to honesty and clarity with a bias toward action.
Over the years, Shawn’s themes became some of the inspiration for this site. Check out his great article about honesty, clarity, and action. And sign up for his recently developed newsletter, which is a promising resource. ∞