This Henry Ford quote can seem not that “motivational”, I look at it as more of a kick in the pants. It’s similar to the Albert Einstein quote “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
We all tend to find comfort in routines, even if those routines are not helping us improve our work or life. When you decide that you know everything and have something down perfectly, that’s when you’ve constrained yourself from growth. Make no mistake, you make that choice. You are the only one that can change up your patterns. You decide if you want to keep growing. This decision applies to business and life.
Lets say you’re trying to lose weight, but it’s not happening, that’s when you need to seek out more advice. Switch up your routines, give what you’re eating some more thought.
What if you’re business is not growing? Make a list of everything you’re doing, then figure out what you’re not doing that other successful business owners are doing. If you’re pitching stores, venture out of your home city/state. Look into doing shows, if you haven’t done them before. Review your target audience on FB and your SEO, maybe it’s time for a refresher.
I volunteer for SXSW, and have been a volunteer forever. I’ve specifically worked in the Press & Publicity dept. for the last 10+ years. I used to complain that every year when it becomes “show time” we are asking each other how to process certain things. I would say, “we’ve done this long enough we should have this down”. What I learned from us questioning every year was that by us questioning, we were constantly improving our processes. We may have basic guidelines, but we’re always improving. We’re not afraid to mix it up. We’re not afraid to try new things.
ALWAYS BE REVIEWING –
Review your daily routines. How can you make things more efficient? How can you work smarter, not harder?
Here’s a super personal place I’ve recently put this practice into action. I reversed the order in which I do things in the shower. This helps me have shorter showers, saving me time, and water. Win-win!
I also recently stopped checking emails first thing in the morning. This helps me be more proactive than reactive. I get some business done first, then designate a time to go through emails.
It’s up to us to control our lives. Did you read about the employee that wrote an open letter to Yelp complaining about her wages? Setting aside that the living wages in the US are not where they should be, the employee chose to accept a job knowing the pay, and knowing what she needed to earn to make ends meet. She should have been looking for other employment to meet her financial needs. We cannot rely on anyone, on any employer, or on the government to care about us enough. This is not meant to be political, this isn’t about that. It is about us taking care of ourselves. If you hate your job, start looking today for a new one. If you don’t have the skills to get the job you want, start taking online courses. You’re in the driver seat, and life is too short to settle for an unhappy life.
Don’t think it’s all about having a “cool” job, either. It’s about having a happy life. If you can work somewhere that can afford you the finances to buy the things and experiences you want out of life, then you’re getting a pretty great trade there.
There’s no such thing as a perfect life, don’t be fooled by that nonsense you’re getting fed online. It’s all about finding gratitude for all the good things, and knowing that you can have more good days than bad, and that without bad days, those good days won’t seem as good as they are.