While there are many factors to achieving great results, I’ve found that one has the greatest impact. Passion.
When I first started working, I was so excited to learn new things and attempt to master them. Often, I could put in what felt like little effort and achieve solid results. And then I was asked to configure a router. Talk about painful.
No matter how much time my peers spent trying to help me, the routers didn’t sing to me the way they did for them. Instead, those metal boxes confounded me at every turn.
I have often joked that when other children were hearing stories of fairy tales, I was learning about the battle strategies of Sun Tzu. While it does present an amusing visual, it is not that far from the truth.
Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” is well over 2,000 years old and is still as relevant now as when it was first written. The key to its success is that the author wrote it with enough specifics to be followed, but general enough to be applied in a variety of situations.
Whether we are trying to gain the support of an idea, affect an organizational transformation, or just move a team forward to achieve an objective, Sun Tzu’s ideas remain relevant.