Do more than you think

I “officially” started becoming built to lead on February 19th, 2010 at 3:28pm when I finished a questionnaire designed to help me discover more about myself.  I had so much passion and optimism for BTL and a lot of work to do.  I had no idea how much. I fought the framework and wrote my personal OPUS before I built my CORE.  This doesn’t work.  How do I know?  Because for 5 years I was chasing a big dream with no real commitment, no real discipline, no real work.  I didn’t get very far because I believed that my life would somehow turn around if I just… well… believed.

Eventually my chronic stress and anxiety led me to write this email to Chet on May 20th, 2015 at 5:46pm:

Joining BTL has always been in my head but I’ve never been able to truly commit/believe for several reasons.  I wanted to write down my thoughts and share them.  Why you ask, I’m really not sure other than writing stuff out helps…

I’m scared, can I really make a living doing this? Am I willing to risk everything?  What if I suck?  What if I fail? What if I don’t get Julie’s support?  I’ve been trying to author my own way only to be met with frustration, lack of progress, loss of energy.  I want to experience what you experienced so that I “get it” but I’m not sure I do or ever will.  What does it take to become a BTL leader?  What happens if you die, who will carry on teaching me the BTL way?  How do I do this on my own in St. Louis? 

Chet’s response was CCD:

You can do more than you think, never forget that.

Did you catch that?  Don’t miss this, it’s HUGE, life changing really.  If I wanted to live my OPUS, passion and belief weren’t enough.  I had to DO MORE, think less.  So I slowly embraced DOing the real – hard – work of building a strong CORE by productively taking action.  And sure enough, after sharing my story with a few this week, I realized that the chronic stress and anxiety are no longer there.  I’ve been at this for 7 years, 21 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes AND I feel like I’m just getting started.


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4 responses to “Do more than you think

  1. You have done more than I ever thought you possibly could. You are an amazing builder and you’re just getting started. Keep working Dohschious. Keep working…

  2. Katie Lee

    The Hero’s journey is not for the weak of heart.

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Brilliant post. Go Chet. Go David. Bring on that acute pain and keep growing.

  4. I love this wisdom…so important. Congrats on all you’re doing David….and team! Keep pushing!

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