I did my usual weekend house chores which gives me the opportunityÂ to listen to Podcasts, which is something I relish. I want to recommend a great interview that Michael D. Pollock of Solostream WebstudioÂ did with Stephen Shapiro about his book and web site Goal-Free Living.
Stephen talks about how many successful people he’s interviewed don’t equate their success to lots of goal setting and how people become stressed by goal setting. Likewise todo lists can become a real burden and get in the way of what needs to be done. Stephen keeps a shortÂ todo list with just the top priority items on it. Then he has a can do list for everything else. Items move across from the can do list to the todo list as necessary. I do like the sound of this.
Other concepts Michael and Stephen discuss include â€œUse a Compass, Not a Mapâ€ where you findÂ the intersecting point between passion (what you love to do), skills (what you are good at), and value (what creates value â€“ for you and others). If you can achieve the right amount of passion, skills and value you can be successful in whatever it is you want to achieve.
I’ve always been passionate about what I do and what I deliver to my customers. And I’ve always felt I deliver real value. Skills is where I come up short. Not in in the ability to create good products, but in my abilities to be a great marketer and salesperson. People that run small business’s need to be skilled in many different areas, which is simply a fact of life, so we do the best we can and get on with it.
I’m sureÂ you will findÂ SavvySoloCAST #29: Goal-Free Living With Stephen ShapiroÂ a great way to start your week.