The pandemic has caused us to rethink our long-term goals in life, as Dorie Clark did – and explained – in her most recent book, The Long Game.
Dorie joins us on Brainfluence to explain why a long-term strategy or goal is essential to help us achieve our goals in life. In this era of instant gratification, it’s hard to wait until a business strategy works or the results of practice start showing results. But, Dorie notes, success is a product of long-term consistency for example, a one-percentage daily improvement (as James Clear explained in Atomic Habits). This approach requires you avoid frequent changes. Rather, you must keep going and stick to a strategy that works for you.
'No one's going to hand you whitespace... we really have to strategize about how to defend it. It's like we're defending a fort,' says @dorieclark on #Brainfluence - audio, video & text Click To Tweet Creating mental space is essential on your path to success. If you stuff all your hours with work, not heeding the long-term implications of constant jam-packed days, you will never know if you’re heading where you want to.
Listen to today’s conversation as Dorie and Roger discuss many more topics, including why you must create room for whitespace in your calendar and how to do that even if you don’t have schedule flexibility.
Key Highlights – Dorie Clark on The Long Game
● [1:52] The past 18 months have seen us all be reactive – quickly adapting to the changing times, leaving no time for clarity of thought. Dorie Clark explains how the period taught her the importance of long-term thinking in helping people orient themselves towards what they want and not what they have to do.
● [04:13] Mastery over your craft and/or success in business don’t happen overnight. They build over time. Moving in tiny steps every day and sticking with a strategy that works for you is the secret to a successful business or career.
● [10:39] In most Western cultures, busyness is often viewed as a form of status. Giving away your busyness or making time for yourself amounts to giving away your status. This whole concept is unhealthy.
● [11:24] If you lack flexibility in your schedule, taking time off for yourself can be difficult. If your mind needs some space, consider talking to your boss about it. Be honest with your leadership about your mental state and prioritize your health.
● [18:43] You can’t become great if you don’t allow yourself to be bad at something. Every business has its strengths and weaknesses. For example, a low-cost airline cannot afford a luxurious internal space. A luxurious airline cannot compromise on its rates. To get something, sometimes, you must give up on something.
● [21:02] ‘Optimize for Interest,’ says Dorie Clark: If you haven’t yet discovered your passion in life, a good way to go forward is by finding what interests you and then keep doing it. If you find that thing doesn’t interest you, stop doing it and pivot.
● [23:19] Google’s 20% time policy encourages its employees to spend up to 20% of their time on the more speculative activities outside their typical job description. Google developed Google News and Gmail after implementing the policy.
Dorie Clark Quotes
“No one’s going to hand you whitespace… we really have to strategize about how to defend it. It’s like we’re defending a fort!”
“The problem is, everybody wants to be great at something, but no one wants to make that sacrifice. And so if you really want to be one of the few that truly excel, you have to be willing to do both. …it’s very, very rare.”
“You might not know what your passion in life is, (and) it’s okay. It doesn’t mean you have to sit still and stay at a terrible job until you discover your passion.”
“In most Western cultures, certainly in American culture, busyness is viewed as a form of status. And when we recognize that, ‘If I actually give up being busy, in a way, it’s giving up status,’ we begin to realize why it’s so hard for some people to do it, even when they say, ‘I wish I were less busy.'”
“20% of one’s time, your energy, is not going to bankrupt anybody… if it actually turns out that that 20% is allocated to something that is interesting, it could be a thing. It is enough time, that if you compound it, you spend a few months or a few years on it, (then) all of a sudden, you have built up an amazing side gig and amazing side career, and amazing new direction that you can potentially transition into. That gives you access to the kind of new opportunities that can be genuinely exciting and lucrative.”
About Dorie Clark
Dorie Clark is a bestselling author and an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Her books include, The Long Game, Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You, and Stand Out (Inc.’s#1 Leadership Book of 2015 – see also How to Stand Out as a Thought Leader with Dorie Clark). Dorie is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and also consults and speaks for clients including Google, Microsoft, and the World Bank.
Connect with Dorie Clark
The Long Game – Amazon
Download Dorie’s Free Long Game Self-Assessment: http://dorieclark.com/longgame/
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