Solid comments from a Pro.
I am a retired USAF pilot. During my career, among several different types of aircraft, I flew the F-100, one of the first of the Century Series fighters. It was a beautiful bird; supersonic, single seat and lots of fun to fly. It also happens that I was a Top Gun in the F-100. This was long before the movie “Top Gun” came out, and nowhere near as exciting; regardless, the award was very prestigious and was recognition of being the best among my peers.
I learned a lot about how to approach life and business from flying the F-100. The basic lesson is: if anything is worth doing, it’s worth doing right, and doing well. That itself is an excellent life lesson, but I believe it needs to be taken one step further. If it’s worth doing, strive to be the very best. Striving to be the best separates the super successful from the rest of the crowd.
Based on my real world experience, as a pilot, in the world of big business and as an entrepreneur, here’s what I believe it takes to become the best at what you do:
Don’t settle for good enough; be the best that you can be. Being the best can be a moving target. Once you achieve success, continue to improve yourself. If you separate yourself from the rest of the pack and become the “Top Gun” in your profession you will be greatly rewarded.
Learn more about the author, Bill Bradfield, EA.
Solid comments from a Pro.
Hi Bill, Great article, love number six. Sometimes I have to learn twice but when I get it, I get it. Best, Terra
Wow! I can apply this to my career as a nurse! Excellent!
Thank you Terra, I've been known to be a slow learner on occasion. Thanks kellie.
Hi Bill, Well done. This article has a lot of good points. Sometimes we can get wrapped up in the details and forget to pull back and look at the big picture of what we're doing and why we are doing it.
Thanks Kirsten. You are absolutely right. When it comes to a business, we must have the big picture in mind at all times. It is so easy to get caught up in the minutia and get off track or get bogged down doing things that have little or no bearing on improving the business.
Thanks Bill. Sometimes I need to remember "That looks about right!"
Another great article Bill. I know a lot of entrepreneurs who are so busy trying to make things perfect they never turn their ideas into revenue. TLAR is is good acronym to know - and an excellent example is a little software company in Redmond, WA. Like 'em or not - they did pretty well releasing "beta" products and improving as they went along - bugs and all.
Hi Kate and Lori,
Thanks for the comments. Glad you like the TLAR acronym. I've espoused it for a long time.
To be the best does not mean you have to be perfect. Too many people get caught up in perfection. There is a time to strive for perfection, but in business, and in life, being about to do a lot more things well, is much better than doing a few things perfectly.
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