7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

Posted on April 26, 2010

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My own list of the 7 habits that I see challenge our effectiveness as creative leaders:

  1. Fear of Failure:  Two quotes; ‘Anxiety is just experiencing fear ahead of time’ and ‘if you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original’. Successful leaders have embraced a habit of failing big and failing often. So plan on making bigger mistakes tomorrow.
  2. Waiting for inspiration: There is no time to wait for your flakey muse to show up. Creative leaders command inspiration to appear, they don’t waste time waiting for it. Your inspiration will come as you get in motion.
  3. Let’s party!!!: As an artist, sacrificing your spiritual, emotional, and physical health is only romantic in the movies. Take care of your body and make it your slave for creativity. Don’t be a slave to your body’s desires.
  4. If I just had more time or money: I’ve heard this excuse a million times. Solution, turn off the TV and start eating rice and beans. Everyone has the same amount of time so start using yours like Steve Jobs, Seth Godin, or Bono.
  5. What’s Twitter? Not using the plethora of social media tools out there is a crime. Never before has the common person had so much access to literally a world-wide audience. You don’t have to love it but like it enough to know how to use it effectively.
  6. Crossing my fingers: We tend to ascribed luck to others as a way to avoid our own inadequacy. The only luck that is created is when hard work meets opportunity. The luckiest people in the world tend to be the hardest working- coincidence? Hardly.
  7. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!: In the creative leadership circles, there are no victims, only volunteers. Your job, relationships, and lifestyle are a choice. Bring your full love to everything you do and you will experience a new level of sovereignty that you have never experienced. Liberate yourself.
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