The Thesis of Doing Anything

DoingAnything“Find the price you must pay to achieve success and resolve to pay that price.” is good advice until you need to execute against that plan. Then you’re up a creek without a paddle.

Try these five steps instead:

Define the Goal.
Gather the Requirements.
Design the Most Effective Solution.
Break into Tasks.
Test and Deploy.

And if we’re going to be nit-picky about this list, we could even replace ‘Design the Most Effective Solution’ with ‘Design a solution you think will be highly effective’, but it doesn’t sound as sexy. Whether or not it really is will be worked out in the ‘Test and Deploy’ step.

Was I the mastermind who though these five steps up? Nope, unfortunately not. These steps have been used in the software development industry for years.

Was I the mastermind who started using this technique and applying it to everyday tasks? No again. I couldn’t tell you who started it. I literally don’t know that. I do know that it was taught to me by Walter O’Brien. Remember the television show Scorpion? Yep, that Walter O’Brien.

Is this technique widespread? No again, but this time we have the power to change that, and you’re on the cutting edge of this wave. You’re welcome. 😉 [And I do say that with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek.]

All in all, it’s a good time to get moving. Best of luck to you,
Kenn Dunham

The Loneliest Moment

If you gave upThe loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.

There are times when the world will knock you down and all you can do is spit out your newly freed teeth. To live a life of great ambition and not expect greater adversities than you could ever imagine is ridiculous. Here’s what you need to do when life knocks you down.

Stand back up. If you are knocked down seven times, get up eight times. The first rule of success is getting back up when (and not if) life knocks you down. If you don’t get back up, the adversity wins. You lose; end of story.

Assess your battle plan. You got knocked down. As hard a pill as it is to swallow, you probably had something to do with it either by direct action or a lack of preparedness. This is the time to look at what you were doing and make the changes that need to take place. What was working? Do more of that. What failed you? How can you make that better? Execute against this information as quickly as possible. It’s very likely going to feel like pulling teeth. That’s normal. Change is hard, but being mediocre is harder to live with.

Charge forward. If you were to give up right now, how much of your life’s potential would instantly vanish? How much could you have obtained? Watch it all vanish if you don’t continue to press forward. This is essentially an extension of the first step. Get in the ring. Know what to do. Do it. This is the last step because you’ll probably want to avoid failing again. Lessons are great, but it’s best to learn them on the first try.

Whatever life throws at you, know two things: there will always be more so long as your striving for great things and you can always overcome your adversities.