…There is no try.” – George Lucas
For this week’s quote we can thank George Lucas, an American film director, screenwriter, and producer perhaps best known for the creation of the Star Wars film franchise. It’s timely for me as a reminder that – even when we don’t completely have our footing – most of the time the best way to accomplish our goals is to simply roll our sleeves up, ask questions, think critically, and keep pushing to address a challenge until we get it done.
^This is not to say that there will not be times when we are out of our depth, but often the difference between success and failure isn’t determined by our knowledge and skills, but instead by the ability to demonstrate tenacity in the face of difficult to solve problems. But unfortunately, far too often people give up on tackling perfectly solvable challenges because they overestimate the steepness of a learning curve and/or their capacity to quickly develop a competency.
The past few weeks have been pretty hectic at times for me: This is because, frankly, the sheer density of information I’ve been inundated with in my new role has been a bit daunting. But by simply digging in and absorbing everything I can, a surprisingly large number of mountains that initially started out as overwhelming now seem perfectly climbable.
…So with that said, as we get started this week let’s look to take the words ‘If’ and ‘Try’ out of our vocabulary, and replace them with ‘When’ and ‘Will’: Let’s have the gall to have wildly unrealistic expectations, and the discipline to keep pushing for them when the going gets tough. In the process, I think that we’ll learn new things about ourselves and break through previously unassailable plateaus.
…Or maybe I have this wrong. As always, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.