The Company’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy

 Awkward happy face

Awkward happy face

When you do things you you can control, your chance of success is high.

I can control what time I wake up. It was 4:35 AM this morning. Yes early, but it allows me to get stuff done.

I can control what I put on my to do list. (This blog post was one of my to do list items)

I can control how hard I work on my to do list. If I do the work, I get successes. If I don’t do the work, I don’t get success. It’s that easy and I am the only one who can own my work.

The other day I saw a guy complaining about his flight problems on Twitter. What about recognizing that it’s actually a miracle we can fly from LA to Boston in 5 hours when that use to take 20 years with deaths and injuries along the way...

When I talk to candidates who work at amazing companies, they are unhappy. People get used to their fortunes, free lunches, movie days and compare themselves too much to their friends at other companies. After their free lunch, they go back to doing work they do not have any control over.

Many times our work is outside of our control. Focus on what you can control. Your company will be more amazing and you will be happier.

PS - a single year study from the Gallup-Healthways Wellbeing Index in the US showed that the occurrence of a “a lot of stress” or “a lot of anger” declines throughout life, more rapidly after age 50. Keep working kids - looks like life just gets better .