My Current Thinking…

My current thinking was heavily influenced by Pete Thompson and is around teaching and training online …

  • I have 2 children ages 18 and 15.  My wife and I are the house where all the kids want to hang out — so we are around a lot of kids.
  • We are also in the fortunate position to be owners or investors in a number of businesses — so I have a lot of conversations around how to find/hire good people.

I imagine since the beginning of time, parents have felt the next generation was doomed to failure … we don’t feel that way at all.  In fact, I find them to be much wiser to the world than I was at their age.

However, the two experiences above do allow me to notice that the next generation is missing some fundamental understanding/importance … something I don’t really have a word for … soft-skills, maybe [sort of].

  • Things like the importance of doing what you say you’re going to do … there are so many occupations where if you simply do what you say you’re going to do; customers, clients & employers will beat a path to your door, because the whole industry is whacky.  I suppose this is accountability, maybe that’s what I mean?
  • Or things like stick-to-it-ness, is that even a word 🙂  The ability to see a task through tough, uncertain times to completion.  Even if, or especially if, it’s obvious it’s not going to go the way you hoped.
  • Or an understanding that it’s okay to have your ethics/virtues/beliefs and I can have mine.   We can still be friends and co-workers, in fact, we’ll have better conversations and make better teams/products because of our differing views.
  • And others…

I grew up on a farm, so I was always asking friends and classmates to come help with hay or cows or other farms jobs.  My father and I often ended the day with a cold beverage under the shade tree outside our house before going inside to clean up for supper.  It’s under that tree that we had some of our best talks.

One of the things he would often share is how he saw the help that day.  He had two primary categories; aimless and gogetter.  He’d say things like, “that’s a real gogetter you brought in today, tell them they can come back and work anytime they want.”  Or, “don’t invite them back, they haven’t decided what kind of person they want to be yet, they’re still aimless.”

So I find myself feeling that way about almost everyone I meet these days … almost no one strikes me as a gogetter anymore.

I wonder if people can be taught to be a gogetter?
Is there a way to train gogetterness? … I’m sure I made that word up 🙂

…. made-up word or not, I’m excited because I met Pete this past week and he’s definitely got some ideas on training GoGetters!

Just some of my current thinking … if you have thoughts or ideas on this topic, I’d love to chat.

I’m easy to find and just that tiny effort of finding me is how I know you’re serious … so here’s to the square pegs of the world, I can’t wait to meet you!

Wishing You Many Blessings,
Square Joe Smith

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