Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Control What You Can in the Present and Manage for the Future

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If any of you are watching ESPN's first two parts of the Michael Jordan documentary, "The Last Dance," named after coach Phil Jackson's title that he unofficially gave to his final season with the Chicago Bulls in 1997-98, then you know what I am talking about when I say how captivating Jordan is as an athlete. Greatness indeed!  Doesn't get any better.  Ever.

But what can we learn from Jordan?  Stay hyper-focused on the present.

Here's a business case presented by Inc. author Carmine Gallo.
The other day, I asked a successful CEO how he's coping with the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Although he continues to pay his employees, he has zero visibility on future earnings. He's an optimist and expects business to return, but nobody knows when the recovery will kick in or how strong it will be.  This CEO has a mental advantage. He's nearly 60 years old and has survived--and thrived--after several major economic disruptions over his professional career. His advice:  "The best thing you can do is control what you can in the present and manage for the future."
So control what you are doing now.  And if you wish, read the full article here.  It's under your control :-).

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