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“Just Chasing the Music and Trying to Get Home”

by Kevin D. Crone

July 28, 2014

These are the words of Frankie Valli’s character at the end of Clint Eastwood’s movie, Jersey Boys.  This made me think what it’s like to chase success, build a life, and try to make it in both the ups and the sad downs. Pushing to build a business, to bring in sales, to climb the ladder, while at the same time trying to take care of a family, and have things. To have it all.  To be recognized and become someone.  What you’re becoming is surely more important than what you have.  

Lately, I’ve noticed how torn and stressed many younger couples are trying to do it all and get it all. Dropping kids off at daycare before going to the office, leaving to pick up the kids and being wrapped up in all of the kids activities.  All of this is good and, as tough as it is to manage, they still have to put in lots of time to focus on a career or business.  As tough as all this seems, these usually are the best times of their lives. Frankie lost a daughter and his wife and family. His run at fame was very costly. Real life has no big playbook. Things happen.  Life just goes on.

When bad things happen it’s easy to give up, settle for less, and wonder how you’re ever going to get there.  No time, sometimes no money. Yet, we know we have to rise to the challenges of finding more customers, keeping them and being productive for our company – always growing and taking the right actions that are necessary.  It’s easier to become cynical or down and stop believing anything is worth it and become frustrated with it all and stop growing.  The fact is, you have to become organized and extremely focused and competent with the time you have available.  You need to stay grateful and positive about what you have and keep going. You need to always be getting better and upping your vision – not lowering it.  You know that you can do that. People Jumping For Joy

You definitely can have a great personal and family life along with business success. But success has a price like anything else.  The big answer to making it all work, may be to have a picture of where you want to go. Set goals in priority and do what it takes without compromising your priorities.  It can be easier said than done, but it’s done all the time with successful and happy people. It’s your responsibility to be happy. It’s your responsibility to be successful.  Don’t get lost.  Stay the course.  You can have it all.

“Just chasing success and trying to get home” can be a simple mantra for all of us.

Have a great summer with your family. When you’re with your family, be with them! When you are at work, be there 100%.  One day, looking back, you’ll be proud of what you’ve done and you’ll be glad you came this way. You’ll be the person who has it all. 

Have a great week!
Kevin D. Crone
Chairman, Dale Carnegie Business Group
kdcrone@dalecarnegie.ca or 905-826-7300 / 1-800-361-2032

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