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It occurred to me that year after year, I make one resolution or another. And year after year, shortly after the celebrations are over, I fail to keep the commitment I had made myself. This year I wanted to change that, so I decided these elements needed to be present to give me a chance of being successful with any resolution I might make.
Building something great starts with a cornerstone idea, then adding to it little by little. Incredible things can come from taking one step at a time with your eye on the future. Read what TA Group Chairman Rick Nelson learned from his cousin, Rob, who has done just that.
If you’ve ever been faced with a BIG opportunity, task, or endeavor, you can understand the effort that goes into completing the mission and achieving the desired outcome. If you’re getting ready to dive headlong into one, here are a few thoughts on what it takes to win in business.
Recently I had the pleasure of visiting with an impressive group of 40+ interns working in various areas of our business. They were meeting with me all together as part of their onboarding and integration process, so I won’t pretend they all signed on to hear what I had to say – but I was flattered that they appeared to have done their homework, knew who I was, and came prepared to ask very specific questions about my experience.
I’ve done these visits, virtually or in-person, many times. They are never the same and I leave each feeling that I received much more than I gave.
When I share lessons I’ve learned, I often talk about my years in the business world—from the boss who gave me a shot at UPS, to the company that erupted in (and recovered from) scandal, to my position now as an advisor to a portfolio of companies, including Launch Consulting. But all the building blocks that got me where I am today are stacked on top of the foundation laid by my first job out of high school: the Air Force.
Like many of you, I’ve peeked in on the baseball playoffs a time or two over the last couple of weeks. I love competition and admire those who have the discipline and courage to pursue excellence in a field as competitive as professional athletics. I’ll admit that whenever I watch a team celebrate, I think, “If only I would have applied myself, maybe I could have had an evening like that.”