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Nº194 If you mess up, fess up

Hello! Also an extra hello to quite a few new subscribers! : ) I've spent this week working at Worksp
Twotone Consulting | Est. 2014
Nº194 If you mess up, fess up
By Jon Woodroof • Issue #194 • View online
Hello! Also an extra hello to quite a few new subscribers! : )
I’ve spent this week working at Workspace Six again. The Netherlands is easing restrictions and we’ve also restarted our Ampler Test rides. I’ve been outside enough riding recently but being ‘back at work’ was a welcome step in the return to normalcy.
Compared to the Zoom Gloom theme of last week, at least for me and many others I’ve ran into over the past week, here in Amsterdam: the tide feels to be turning back to enjoying life together.
How is it going where you are?
Well, for today’s intro I thought to share some truisms courtesy of Kevin Kelly, who turned 68 recently. I won’t share all 68 that he published but I’ll share my top 10. Though all 68 are sooo good!
1. Always demand a deadline. A deadline weeds out the extraneous and the ordinary. It prevents you from trying to make it perfect, so you have to make it different. Different is better.
2. Gratitude will unlock all other virtues and is something you can get better at.
3. Treating a person to a meal never fails, and is so easy to do. It’s powerful with old friends and a great way to make new friends.
4. Pros are just amateurs who know how to gracefully recover from their mistakes.
5. To make mistakes is human. To own your mistakes is divine. Nothing elevates a person higher than quickly admitting and taking personal responsibility for the mistakes you make and then fixing them fairly. If you mess up, fess up. It’s astounding how powerful this ownership is.
6. Trust me: There is no “them”.
7. The more you are interested in others, the more interesting they find you. To be interesting, be interested.
8. Optimize your generosity. No one on their deathbed has ever regretted giving too much away.
9. The Golden Rule will never fail you. It is the foundation of all other virtues.
10. Show up. Keep showing up. Somebody successful said: 99% of success is just showing up.
11. Over the long term, the future is decided by optimists. To be an optimist you don’t have to ignore all the many problems we create; you just have to imagine improving our capacity to solve problems.
Ok, that was 11 but all the more reason to read all 68.
all the best from Amsterdam and have a good weekend,
Jon
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