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Do You Do The Right Things Right?

Posted by Josh Patrick

right thing right wayYou know that you need to do the right things, and you know that you need to do things right.  It even makes sense that you should do the right things right.  The hard part is doing it.

Start with doing the right things.

Figuring out the right things to do is hard work.  It usually requires a lot of trial and error.  I know that I often will have to try several times before I figure out what I’m supposed to be doing.  What about you? Are you able to get it on the first try or do you take several tries?

It’s easy to become impatient and say good enough is good enough.  Most of the time this is true.  You’re also going to want to make sure that once you start, you keep making it better.  Starting at 60% right might be OK, staying there is definitely not.

Just getting by is what most of the world does.

There is an awful lot of mediocrity in the world.  Excellence is something that is rare and on some days it seems like it’s even becoming rarer.  If you take your first try and say good enough there’s a good chance it’s pretty mediocre.

You might want to take a second and even third look.  It doesn’t have to always be your best, but it better be better than average.  If your work is average you’re easily replaced.  If your company is average you’re going to be competing on price.  Only companies and people who exceed average expectations get to charge premium prices and get great results.

What’s doing things right?

There’s a saying that says “It’s only worth doing things that you do right.”  I think there is some truth to that.  This doesn’t mean that you’ll have poor results when you first try to learn, that’s learning.  What it does mean is that when you go pro and you know you’re not doing your best, those you work with do also.

I’ve been famous for saying that 95% to 99% is good enough.  I do believe that.  Getting it perfect is important if you’re going to build a house.  When working on a business project or a business strategy getting it almost perfect is usually good enough.

The last 1% will take an awful lot of time and effort.  It will cost you a lot of money.  Getting it right involves knowing when it’s close enough.  I’m sure that if this is a dilemma you face you’ve learned that knowing when to stop and move to production is more art than science. 

You have to see what the world thinks.

This is true when you are in the learning stage.  You want to find out if you’re moving in the right direction.  Once you get this, then you can concentrate on doing it right.  There is an order here.  When you understand the order you need to work in you’ll know if you’re barking up the right or wrong tree. 

If you’re doing the right thing, then you can change focus and find ways of doing it right - so right that your customers will pay you money for whatever you’re creating.  It’s not very complicated and at the same time it’s pretty darn hard to do. 

Doing it right is a process.  You don’t get there on your first try.  When you start and keep improving, life gets easier.  If you don’t keep improving, you’re going to have problems.  It might not be tomorrow, but you’ll eventually wish you kept an improvement process in place.

I find that knowing what to do be doing and what to work on your company is always a challenge.  We’ve written a special report on the three stages of your business.  Knowing where your business is helps you understand what you should be working on.  To get this report, click on the button below.


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