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“Ride it to the buzzer.”

 

 

a bull rider

 

 

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I love this phrase.

 

I love it with regard to how to live Life as well as how business should be conducted <projects, initiatives, programs, internal employee & external sales activity>.

 

In a rodeo there are no results for progress … you simply ride it to the buzzer or you do not.

Even better?

 

Watch a bull rider ride. The buzzer sounds at 8 seconds … but the ride itself goes on for seconds more … they ride THROUGH the buzzer.

 

 

Now.

 

 

I will admit upfront … I am not a milestones guy or a ‘stage goal’ guy. Show me the end zone, tell me how much time I have to get in the end zone and let me get there.

 

<be aware … I am now officially mixing sports metaphors>

 

 

I think I became this was because I viewed some important behavior patterns in business people fairly early in my career:

 

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– A milestone was treated like a touchdown and not a first down.

 

 

What I mean by that is a milestone is … well … simply a step toward the ultimate objective. And unlike football this ‘first down’ doesn’t earn you another set of downs … it is simply a false ‘win.’

 

Okay.

 

That was harsh.

 

Maybe it is simply a reflection of progress. But progress in and of itself, in business, is not the objective. The objective is some result. Partial results don’t equal a partial win they simply equate to a failure to reach the objective.

 

And, yet, milestones were treated almost equal to the ‘objective win.’

 

 

 

– The end zone line was treated like a stopping point.

 

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What I mean by that is that everyone ran to the end zone line itself and not thru the line and into the end zone.

This may sound silly or wasted energy … but I could argue that most projects are not discrete. They typically beget something else – another task, project or action.

I always preferred focusing the project to end on the ‘completion+’. The “+” being an array of “what’s next” type thoughts and tasks.

 

But, that’s me, what I kept seeing <and still see today> is a weird rush to the finish line with a contradictory slowing down at the same time to insure going no further than the objective.

 

 

So … how did I mentally shift to something other than what I was seeing <and di not believe was the best way of doing it>?

 

 

Ride it to the buzzer.

 

Its 8 seconds on a bucking bronco or a beast of a bull. Isn’t that what business is like? And don’t give me the ‘it’s only 8 seconds and projects in business can take months.” Time is relative and I am actually focusing on finishing.

 

Sure.

A long project can be energy draining and there are points where you seek to conserve energy to have the energy needed when it is needed. But that’s not really the point. 8 seconds, used wisely, is a lifetime.

 

 

A bull rider is the human athlete in the man-versus-beast sport of bull riding.

 

When a bull rider is still in control of the ride when the eight-second buzzer sounds it is called a Qualified Ride and therefore earns a score.

A qualified ride is 8 seconds. The clock starts when the bull’s shoulder or flank breaks the plane of the gate and stops when the rider’s hand comes out of the rope, the rider touches the ground or the rider’s free arm touches the bull.

I think business needs more of a bull rider mentality.

Heck.

I think living Life needs more of a bull rider mentality.

 

 

I think more leaders should lead, and manage, not only with a bull rider mentality … but with a ride it to the buzzer mentality.

 

 

Look.

 

 

I can guarantee you pretty much one thing if you bring this kind of mentality to your professional life.

 

You will be successful.where are you moving better

 

 

Mostly you will be successful because you will ‘run through’ the objective while others are pacing everything to stop at the objective.

 

But I could suggest you will be successful because you will not need milestones or stage goals. Why? Because you don’t need them … you are riding until the buzzer.

And that’s all that matters.

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