Principles learned from the Mars Pathfinder mission.
Adapted from the book, “The Mars Pathfinder Approach to Faster-Better-Cheaper” (Pritchett and Muirhead,1998).
Demonstrate passionate commitment to success.
Some of the author’s comments: “If we are emotionally flat or intellectually uninspired, innovation keeps its distance. In those situations where a heart gets involved in the effort–or we care fiercely about the outcome–a ‘give what it takes’ attitude takes over.
“People who are hell-bent on achieving their objective have a personal intensity that is contagious. Bottom line: It’s a statement about you; a naked indication about how much heart and soul you’re investing.”
When I struck out on my own in early 2005, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a freelance marketing writer. While I was happy being in a regular position, I have found being on my own to have its own rewards. Being able to set my own course in life. It’s challenging, but it is worth the effort.
If being on your own appeals to you, consider it seriously. You won’t want to jump into this life without a lot of thought and planning, but perhaps it’s right for you.
Wherever you are professionally, give it your best. Put your heart into it. It’s for your benefit as much as everyone else’s: customers, your employer, your business. You’ll be working for decades. Make sure it’s something you love to do. If not find a different position (possibly even a different employer.) Maybe, too, being on your own is right for you.
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You can read the sixth column in this series, “Be fully trustworthy,” here.