Ditch Diggers and Self-Starters

As much as Seth’s oft-hypocritical blog annoys me (a no-comments blog from a guy who preaches interaction?), his post on the need for external motivation is worth pointing your way: Self-starters matter.

I’m not saying that non-self-starters don’t matter and I’d never assert that motivational tools, speakers, reading and the like aren’t of value – far from it.

What I am saying is this:

  • If you want to be the one who keeps their job while others are getting laid off, you’d better be the one motivating yourself. It’s your responsibility and no one else’s.
  • If you want your business to stick around while others are wilting around you, you should be the one leading your industry to a better place before a competitor or a government entity forces it upon you; and you’d better be the one hiring the people who don’t need someone like Lombardi or R. Lee Ermey to get them out of bed in the morning.