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Do One or Two Things Really Well

March 8th, 2005 · No Comments

Dave Pollard writes: “If you want to make a difference in this world, you need to know yourself, to perfect what you do well until you’re brilliant at it, to focus your energies, and to show others courageously that nobody does it better.”

I don’t recall who first gave me the advice to “do one or two things really well”, but it’s probably the best advice I’ve ever received, up there with “things happen the way they do for a reason, so understand what that reason is if you hope to change it”. Problem is, I’ve never really followed this advice. “You’re like a cluster fly”, a girlfriend told me many years ago, “you know, those high-energy flies that come indoors in the spring and the fall that crash into walls, ceilings, lights, windows, like crazed dive bombers, and then spin around noisily on their backs when they hurt themselves. That’s you — no grounding, no focus, just running full tilt at everything until you knock yourself out.”

The last quote kind-of describes me as well!

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