Sunday, July 18, 2010

Welcome to Dare2XL!

   No, it's not about daring to supersize your meal, twice.  Nor is it about daring to wear the clothes you'd need as a result.  It's about daring to excel.  No, I don't mean doing spreadsheets!  I mean speaking up or taking other such action, when taking the "easy way out" would yield less-than-excellent results.

   For instance, say your work group is using horribly inefficient processes.  You could "go with the flow", do nothing, and just collect a paycheck as compensation for your misery.  Or you could speak up about your ideas how to do things better.  Possible upside: better job, as your current one improves.  Possible downside: better job, after you're fired from this one, or you quit when it fails to improve.  Yes, the downside has some disruption, but that's why so many people don't Dare to Excel!

   Over the coming years, we'll be looking at lots of situations where "going with the flow" results in the "same old shhhhhtuff" that never was any good.  We'll look at how to look at things, other ways to gain confidence, and other ways to excel where others might not dare.  We'll even look at fools rushing in where angels or wise men (depending on your source) fear to tread, and find a middle path.

   I've got a bunch of ideas -- in fact, many of them already written up, in the old version of this blog.  (See "Old Blog" link.)  But even my supply of ideas, he said ever so humbly, is not infinite.  So, if there's any situation you'd like me to address, or that you'd like to bring up yourself, just let me (or rather, all of us) know!  That's what blog comments are for.  So dare to speak up -- Dare to Excel!