Today, during practice with Worldwide Bob, we went all the way back. We went back to the opening two quotes in the BTL 12 Essentials of Excellence. I reminded him why these are here and what they mean. The opening quote, which we’ve attributed to Chateaubriand even though an old dude named Jack is actually credited with it, kinda says it all.
“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” This quote is the aim of our work. We want to master the art of living and build a few masters along the way. FM, baby.
The second quote is much shorter and accurately attributed to Kit Carson – “Done so.” As I reminded Worldwide Bob, these two quotes are the epitome of dream and do. Great lives require the master to dream and do, dream and do, and dream and do some mo.
For most, it’s much easier to dream in one compartment or another. For some, dreaming about being on their bike is the equivalent to falling out of bed easy. For others, dreaming about their bride or bro is a neurochemical bath and straight way to heaven. For a few, dreaming about their wopus (work opus) is the cats meow – they can’t wait for Monday and the chance to pursue big business getting bigger and better. For some, dreaming about contributions in their Church or charity causes a natural high, they would simply say. Masters, however, see work and play as, well, one. Masters integrate.
Today, Worldwide Bob, Tay, and I played with some dude named Jack and another named Carson. We turned into the BTL 8 Essentials of Leading Teams and learned a little bit mo about the power of the “O” (overarching vision). You see, friend, it’s much easier to be a foot soldier and follow orders. It’s much easier to progress up the org chart and continue to take orders as you rise. It’s much easier to leave the dreaming to the one in the one up position, until it’s not. My client is learning to dream and do. He’s been a great doer. You can’t be a great leader without “anding.” Lead anything, friend, and you’ve got to be a dreamer. Ain’t nobody signing up to follow your process or procedure. People sign up to follow your passion to make a difference in and for the world, leader. You gotta dream and do. Are you beginning to see why we invest so much time on the “O” to your OPUS, to your labor of love, friend? Slo down and take a gaze back. Is your vision big enough, clear enough, and are you convicted enough to create a coalition of krazies who want to dream and do too?
Dream and do. Integrate work and life. Masters integrate. Good…