“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”
“You miss 100% of the shots you never take.”
~ both great quotes from Wayne Gretzky
I have these quotes on my office wall reminding me it isn’t really about change, it’s about GROWTH.
If you only concentrate on what is, you get more of what is. If you focus on where you want to go – to go where the puck is going to be – you will move forward. In other words, if you are focused on existing problems, you aren’t open to creating new and better strategies and solutions.
Where do you want to go next?
UPDATE FEB 2014: Watching the USA beat Russia in the Sochi Olympics renewed the inspiration from these quotes. As time has passed, my business has grown more successful because I am keeping my eye on where the puck is going to be…
UPDATE: Oct. 2012
I originally posted this blogpost 1 week after I was laid off my job. I’m proud to say that since then, I have explored – a lot – and focused on where I wanted to be… and won! It’s been over 2 years now, and some of it was really rough, but I have a business of my own now. While continuing to apply for a new position in Communications and Marketing, I couldn’t help but recognize that many of my peers were having little to no success in the same situation of job hunting. It was the first time in my career years that I had applied with no response, or occasionally, rejection. The glut of applicants – many far younger and less experienced, were winning out because it is assumed boomers, like me, are often considered too experienced and therefore less likely to accept a lower salary or less likely to stay when a better position might come along.
It is easy to get discouraged, but blogging and social media kept me engaged and enthusiastic about possibilities! My experience working with SMBs and NPOs gave me the confidence to provide these same services on my own. I have a long way to go to meet the salary I am accustomed to, but the benefits of working for myself, on my schedule, from a home office and being available for my family, I feel fortunate I was pushed to take all the shots to succeed on my own.
Can’t wait to see what the future brings…!