‘I did my best’ VS ‘I Get Things Done’ – Narendra Goidani

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Dearest Darling Friends,

Philip II of Macedon was conquering Greek city-states left, right and centre. Sparta stood isolated, relatively weak and without walls. Philip sent a message to the Spartans saying “If I invade Lakonia you will be destroyed, never to rise again.”

The Spartan ephors replied with a single word: ‘If’.

Neither Philip ll nor his son Alexander ever invaded Sparta.

Here is an excerpt from the credo of the US Navy SEALs:

“I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.”

The above two anecdotes make me believe, there are two kinds of people in the world –

1. ‘I will do my best’ people – They are satisfied with the status quo. When they fail, they console themselves by saying ‘I did my best.’

2. Then, there are ‘Get Things Done’ people. They are absolutely committed to reaching their goals no matter what! With enough determination and effort, a ‘Get Things Done’ person can achieve anything.

The Spartans, the US Navy SEALs, are ‘Get Things Done’ people.

It is an interesting exercise to analyse which category we belong to – ‘I did my best’ people or ‘Get Things Done’ people?

With love, prayers and exceptional wishes,

naren

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