Just the other day, I was sitting in the office thinking. (Crazy, I know.) I was reviewing the past year and looking at the few remaining days, wondering how much more I could squeeze out, then I had the moment. I’m sure you know the feeling, when your brain just clicks for some reason, an inexplicable poof of clarity in the midst of what you were considering to be a cloudy time.
So my moment happened, and like so many others, it caused a rush of information and feelings and ideas that moved so quickly, I just started blurting them out so my team could hear what I was thinking before I forgot. It all seemed to happen organically, and it morphed into a full blown white board scenario.
After a few off the cuff revisions, this is what I came up with:
“Give your best with what you’ve got until the lights get turned out.” – Engelo Rumora
Now you’re probably wondering what this has to do with anything, right?
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Produce Results With the Talents You Have
Well, I’m writing here today to say that this one line, this one thought, has everything to do with everything — business and personal. The ability to produce results with the talents you have — your own physical and mental attributes — and the ability to be at peace with your contribution is paramount to your success.
We have all experienced loss: the passing of a loved one, the close of a business relationship or the loss of a much needed big deal all weigh on our personal self-worth. The world we live in is finite; nothing comes with a guarantee for future performance. Our relationships can sour as communication is hindered from pride and jealousy. Eventually, everything comes to an end, and the lights just simply go out. Some of this is beyond our control.
The realization is that sometimes what we contribute to a cause, business or a relationship, we may never get back out. Life in all facets can be disproportionate. But know this: if you have given your best with what you have to give, then you have done your part. We can move past the self-doubt and the feelings of inadequacy.
If you know in your heart and soul that your contribution is 100% of what you are able to give and that you could not have given anything more, you have closure. The rest is not your responsibility to ponder and stress over. Whatever happens will happen. Sometimes positive, sometimes not so much, but it is out of your control.
The Rewards of Commitment
This past year, I used more of my mental and physical capacity than I thought I had. I sacrificed time with my family and friends. I dedicated my time and gave up my health to focus all that I had on my business ventures. I could give no more. After looking back and reviewing, although my business sense tells me to never be satisfied, I know that I need to be — because of what I gave.
We can all make money, we can all start a business or a relationship or develop a new idea. We each have the capacity to truly do great things. Take a look at your accomplishments, and don’t measure yourself by what you didn’t get done or the money you didn’t earn; measure your time by the focus you dedicated. We each have our own level of contribution and our results, which, as they say on TV, will vary. Continue to dedicate your time to the simple tasks while focusing on the larger picture. I promise you: if you give all you have, you will live your dreams.
While I don’t recommend the sacrifice of your health or your relationships, understand that your peace of mind is completely dependent on your level of commitment.
There was a time that I felt let down by the people around me when they didn’t contribute what I was able to contribute. I was holding them to my own standard and work practice. That unfair judgment and the few occasions that I experienced huge personal setbacks lead me to realize that I can still have high standards, but can’t expect any more than an individual’s 100%.
In conclusion: When everything is gone, what is left? A new beginning.
2015 is just around the corner, and as my last blog of the year, I would like to thank you for reading and BiggerPockets for having me. I look forward to all the stories and tidbits of information that I will be able to share in the coming months.
What have you committed your time, energy and enthusiasm to this year? What do you plan on tackling next year?
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