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Friday 14 February 2014

The Unabating Storm

And they didn't even have hard drives when she was born.

At somewhere along her career, I'm sure Hazel McCallion was told it's a bad idea to be interested in many things at once.  You have to focus if you want to get ahead in life.  

Someone probably scoffed at the wasted mental effort Hurricane Hazel was obviously expending by retaining useless conversations or bothering to read every single piece of communication she got from her constituents.  You can't care about them all, she may have been told - you have to pick your battles, and equally pick your fights.  Everything else is extraneous.

She may have even been told that if you're good at something, you should never do it for free.  "Never think about something unless you're paid to," she may have heard.

But she didn't listen to any of this sage, traditional advice, did she?  Meanwhile, those who criticized her approach are probably dead, buried and forgotten by everyone - except for her.

So what's the secret?

"It's a combination of good genetics and living well, being active, passionate and engaged with what you do."

Think about that for a second.  We are telling our youth to be more aggressive, more strategic with their engagement and to focus on building brand and selling what we do instead of embracing why we want to do it.

Spend less time on the links and more volunteering for a cause you believe in.  You'll do it better and you'll live longer.

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