October 24, 2009

“If you aren’t throwing up after the challenge is finished, you didn’t try hard enough”


So I was watching an episode of Survivor earlier today, and started thinking about a comment one player made.

“If you aren’t throwing up after the challenge is finished, you didn’t try hard enough” – Russel, Survivor Season 19

Russell

Russel, oil company owner

Now, let me provide some more information about Russel. He is a large, grubby looking figure in his late forties with a sly temperament and domineering character. He is also the owner and CEO of a multi-million dollar oil company. He is an extremely unlikeable character, conditioning and manipulating every member of his team on Survivor for his own personal advantage, and I am completely against his character and nature.

However, that one comment got me thinking. One of the reasons he has become so successful, I’m sure, is that he applies that concept to his own life and business. He tries and tries and tries, and he puts in every ounce of strength and mental capacity he has into making his goals a reality.

This is the approach one must take in business, because there is definitely no room for people willing to give only 90% of themselves. The time spent on your business should set your very soul on fire, and bring such passion and energy out of you that you can’t help but give every part of yourself to achieve business success.

And if you aren’t figuratively throwing up after your goal has been achieved, you will know that you could have given that extra iota of effort to achieve your goal faster, better or more efficiently.

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