Loving the Game…

I had breakfast a few days ago with a CEO that I admire. After an hour talking about different challenging matters, I left certainly aware that there would be much more to achieve before I could be in her same league of executive talent. One of the areas that I really connected with was her concept of “the games we play.”

She was highlighting what I have long postulated that as a leader we change (this is more mental than physical) based on the role and circumstances of the challenge we are encountering at that time. (You can agree or not, but I happen to believe in this concept…)

None the less…

As I was driving into the office for another challenging day of business “warfare”, I had to internalize why I “played my games”. I won’t be answering that question in this posting simply because it is a MUCH larger topic of discussion, BUT I had this epiphany: “I love the game…” (most of the time...)

  • the mental struggle to stay focused...
  • the conquest of goal setting...
  • the opportunity to grow...
  • the fear of failure...
  • the chance that the inevitable can be changed...

Part of keeping the GAME alive is to be passionate about it. Not excited, eager, happy, challenged, or motivated -- PASSIONATE.

It's hard to stop passion. You stop logic, derail ideas, and sidetrack plans; but passion is undeterred.

SO, if you don't love the game (you won't all the time...), find something else to do...FAST!