What You'll Discover In This Episode:
Sooooo… My husband and I were blessed with a bright son and we learned that when he was very young. Call it what you will: luck of the draw, higher power ordained, good genes (ahem), but Erik is definitely more intellectual than the average eleven year-old. Learning new concepts, memorizing, testing well, and even the dreaded common core math have always come naturally to him.
Thankfully, my husband and I don’t have to pull out all the stops to get our kid to perform well in school like so many other awesome parents do with monetary bribes and the promise of the latest gadget. He just does and we’re so grateful we don’t have to fight that good fight every day.
Erik’s intellect doesn’t get us off the hook in other areas of parenting though. We live by our personal parenting philosophy to focus on prioritizing his character over his intellect. That’s because we know he has the intellect to succeed at whatever he puts his mind to but it’s our job as parents to nurture and develop his character so he actually can.
We believe that is so important for many reasons but a big one is that Erik could be a super intelligent person with amazing ideas but without the character traits to communicate his ideas to the world and execute on them, they’d be lost and wasted. Without the right character traits, Erik would not show up consistently, be disciplined, work hard, and get his ideas to the finish line which, in turn, would rob from a more joy-filled, successful life and he’d be robbing the world of his contributions.
What ideas do you have for products and services that you could bring to the world but haven’t yet because you’ve failed to execute / work hard / follow through / manage your time / delegate to others / ask for help / create a strategy?
You may be a great visionary full of intelligent ideas but only you can choose to use your gifts to bring a great product or service into the world. Great ideas are worth nothing unless you execute on them. Stop robbing the world of your contributions by failing to execute. Gold stars are not given for intelligence or great ideas alone.
In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I dive into the concept of executing and focus on the importance of moving your best ideas forward, step by step, all the way to the finish line.