There are no shortcuts
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I exercised regularly for most of my adult life, then a number of things conspired against me and I stopped for a while. Now I'm working my way back to fitness slowly. It gets a little better every day.
The other evening I was chatting with a friend who's also a personal trainer. I bemoaned how hard it is getting into good shape from sad shape. She had one thing say to that.
"There are no shortcuts."
That's true for getting fit, for becoming a great boss, for learning to cook well, for building a successful business. There are no shortcuts. It isn't easy, and it's not supposed to be.
The fact is that doing something significant is hard. Not only are there no shortcuts, there are damn few secrets. It's a matter of doing. Every day. Day after day.
It's a matter of getting better, too. Not all at once, but a little bit at a time. A little progress here and then a little there.
If you want to become a great boss, you can do it, but it takes time and effort. Not only are there no shortcuts and damn few secrets, you're also going to screw up several times.
That's reality. If you want to do the work to become great at something, we know how you can do it faster and screw up less. It's not a miracle cure, though. It's hard work, too.
Get feedback. Get it from other people. Give it to yourself. Make getting better a project. Take notes. Apply what you've learned. Do it again. Over and over.
Boss's Bottom Line
If you want to be a great boss, it won't be easy and it won't happen overnight. Observe. Try. Critique. Plan. Try again. Repeat for the rest of your life.
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