Overcoming the Execution Gap

With the new year in full swing, many of us may have set goals towards what we aspire to achieve in 2013. However, there is a big difference between setting goals and achieving them. Essentially the execution gap in the middle is where many fall. In 2013 you may want to become healthier, boost your business forward or write the book that you have always wanted to. These are good goals to work towards but in order to be truly committed about this we need to over come the execution gap.

Here are three steps to get you started:

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My Thoughts on Creating Meaningful Work

“It’s one thing to work on stuff that seems sexy because it’s socially cool and financially rewarding. But fulfillment doesn’t come much from money or cool-power — all the money in the world can’t buy you a searing sense of accomplishment.” Umair Haque

Recently Umair Haque wrote a great piece for HBR on meaningful work. It resonates with a post which I wrote a couple of days on money being the ultimate validation. This world view is certainly contrary to accepted norms. However, I think the article does a great job in distilling the abstractness of creating meaning into three powerful questions:

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How Badly Do You Want to Succeed

I came across this video recently and found it truly inspirational. It is one of those videos that makes you stop and think for a minute. About where you are, what you are doing and whether you are still on the path you want to be on. Life has this infinite capacity to consume you with the details, that we begin to lose sight of the bigger picture. You need to be constantly reminded about your end goal and make sure what you are doing today, is leading up to where you want to be.

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Great commencement address by Chris Sacca. There is some great advice in the video, particularly for those who have recently graduated or will be graduating.

I really liked the part in the speech where he spoke about doing a master reset on life. Far too many times I have seen people pursue paths they thought were the “right” paths, based on what they had studied or were told. Taking the opportunity to reset everything you have been told and then follow what you really want to pursue is extremely important.

Wishing all recent graduates all the very best!

Jason Fried on Design

One of the companies I greatly admire is 37signals. This company has a suite of business productivity products that I use every day for the projects that I manage.

In this video, he talks about the design methodology behind the building of their products. That is something I have drawn great inspiration from in building Identifii. I hope to be able to stick to focusing on the components that are necessary and not over thinking the unimportant things.