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Saturday, July 29, 2006

The early bird gets the worm

Likely many people in the U.S. have heard the saying "the early bird gets the worm." It conveys that the person who shows initiative will succeed. What is initiative? We might say that we know it when we see it:
  • Initiative is when a person is willing to get up early and drive several hours in order to attend a training session, one that might not have immediate benefit, but that will have a long-term benefit to his or her business.
  • Initiative is following-up with new contacts with a "hi" or "thank you" in order to begin to build a lasting connection.
  • Initiative is starting a new business "on the side" while going to school or working full-time.
  • Initiative is working long hours in order to ensure that your business is on solid footing.
  • Initiative is saying "yes I can" and then doing it.
  • Initiative is going to a training session, then using what you learned. (Surprisingly, most people do not use things that they have heard at a lecture, presentation or workshop.)
Every successful business needs managers and employees who have initiative.

Do you have initiative? What have you done in the last week to show it?

"An idea is worthless unless you use it." -- John Maxwell

"Don't wait for your ship to come in; swim out to it." -- Unknown

"Success comes to the person who does today what you were thinking about doing tomorrow." -- Unknown


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