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The Hail Mary

In football (the “other” football played with a rugby-type ball) the term “Hail Mary pass” is applied to a speculative long throw of the ball, in the general direction of a forward who is a long way down the field. It is often used as a last gasp attempt to get a game winning touch down in the dying seconds of a game.

In the “dot com” days people built what I deemed to be “Hail Mary companies” … they would have an idea, put enough effort into them that a prototype or “early stage” product could be shown … with the hope of a big pay day. There were quite a few people who made a lot of money in those days.

The example of that success is both good news and bad news …

… the good news is that entrepreneurs are encouraged to take a risk, and to have hope that a “pot of gold” could be at the end of that rainbow, which means that new and innovative ideas do get off the ground. Those “winners” enjoyed financial success, but they gambled and won.

… the bad news is that a lot of people (wannabe entrepreneurs?) have unrealistic expectations about the “ease” of achieving wealth, or the “return on investment” they should expect for a couple of years of effort. The vast majority of us just won’t get that quick win!

Sometimes we see this same attitude in the workplace … an employee might look at the “few” examples where people excelled, were fast-tracked or had exceptional earnings and hold them up as the example of how they expect to be treated. (Probably with no clear idea of ALL the parameters that led to that success)

The “Hail Mary” approach to life will result in success for some people … but so will buying a lottery ticket. The reality for most of us is that success will come from hard work, over a long period of time … together with a bit of luck and a great attitude.

Here are 10 steps towards achieving some success in your life …

1. Be realistic …
2. Make a plan …
3. Work the plan …
4. Revisit the plan periodically and make adjustments as necessary …
5. Measure yourself against other people so that you can strive to be better …
6. Don’t measure yourself against other people to fret about what they have and you don’t …
7. Work hard …
8. Keep a positive attitude …
9. Keep learning …
10. Don’t EVER give up …


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