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Give yourself an “A”

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“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.”

– Steve Jobs [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

dotsWhat a great quote by someone seen as a leader, as a visionary, as an inspiration for many of the technologies we take for granted in our daily lives.  We have been bred since a young age to strive for that “A” grade as a recognition of our success, our accomplishments and our comparison to our peers.  So stop and think for a moment…would you give yourself an “A” for your rescue work if you were the one grading?  What criteria would you use to judge yourself?  How would you compare your work against others that do animal rescue?  Would you base it on the number of animals saved, the dollars raised, or perhaps the number of people that you educated about the importance of spay/neuter?

In the book “The Art of possibility” by Benjamin Zander, he describes a wonderful concept of giving yourself the A in a future version of yourself and then explaining now what you did to earn the “A”.  Start with the phrase “I got my A because…” and then describe all of those things that you did to warrant receiving such a distinguished grade.  Were you more supportive?  Collaborative?  Did you increase the number of animals saves, dollars raised or volunteers recruited?  Were you the foster home partner of the year, the most travelled transporter, or the best fundraiser?

So go ahead and give yourself an “A”.  You deserve it!!  Now YOU tell us why… “I got my A because…”

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