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Are You a Spectator in Life?

Every now and then we stop, look back and get clarity on an issue that happened in our past.

A friend of mine was reflecting on her university years and the use of participation marks.

Back then she felt that they were too subjective, not really relevant and yet they could really impact her ability to get good marks.

How fair was that?

What did participation have to do with learning, and understanding of a subject anyway?

Today she has a different perspective, and while the system might not be perfect she does see the benefits.

She understands that "participation" was really about attitude, commitment and a willingness to be "into" the topic ... rather just showing up, regurgitating information and expecting a good mark.

She "gets it", because she now understands that participation is really the difference in the business world too.

It IS real world ... not academic.

It is the people who REALLY engage, who want to understand and solve issues, who want to complete their projects on time and under budget who will win in life.

Once you understand that participation means "total engagement" THEN you are on your way to success.

Until then ... you are a spectator!

The common phrase that comes to mind is "Life is Not a Spectator Sport".

What would your participation mark be these days?

“Highly engaged employees make the customer experience. Disengaged employees break it.”

Timothy R. Clark

Kevin Dee is the founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)

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I write these articles with the intent of sharing MY experience and knowledge gained during MY life journey. From the 16 year old joining the Royal Navy, through many incarnations, to the grey haired guy who built a business. If you find a nugget here, then I am happy. If the message offends you then I apologise, that was never my intent. I know and recognize there are many people and groups who have a far bigger challenge than I have had and I only wish you well.