“If It Ain’t Broke…Break It!” book reflection #7

The last three chapters of this book are very self-reflective in nature and encourage us to be mindful of healthy balance.

Break it thinkers understand that frequently the best way to keep an advantage is to keep things in perspective. There are times when you should reach around and pat yourself on the back and say, well done. If you are a golfer, you know that if you score 7 pars and 2 bogies, the holes you remember the most are the bogie holes. Focusing on criticism, a past loss, a bad swing, or a muffed business decision only imprints it more clearly on your mind. Dwelling on past failures or mistakes offers us a skewed and unrealistically negative account of our abilities. We need to balance the loses with the wins to get an accurate view of our ability and how we really performed in any situation. Kriegel tells us that success is one of the greatest motivators and confidence builders. There is nothing like winning to create a winning attitude. The more you remind yourself of past victories the more you will build a positive reality base for handling tough situations.

Education expert Chris Whittle said; “I’ve come to the realization that entrepreneurs work far too hard. It’s clear to me that I squandered large parts of my twenties and thirties in needless, completely neurotic work. I got tangled up in the myth of the hard-charging entrepreneur. That’s a very destructive attitude.” Unconventional wisdom tells us that work should be fun; that the winning should take place, not at the end of the game, but every day you are playing. The most accurate predictor of success is a strong preference for the work. Research reveals that the more you love what you do the better you’ll do it and the more money you’ll make. When you are doing what you love, hard work becomes easier, and even the inevitable “drags” don’t take you down with them.

Conventional wisdom tells us we must respond quickly to change. But the leaders of the future must be creators, not responders. Break it thinkers know that the future isn’t found, it’s invented. It is shaped by people with the vision, courage, and wisdom to think beyond the boundaries of the known.

This has been a great book for anyone in the business world and I would recommend it highly.

Reference; “If It Ain’t Broke…Break It!” by 
Robert Kriegel and Louis Patler

4 thoughts on ““If It Ain’t Broke…Break It!” book reflection #7

  1. Hi Devon,
    Thank you for your very positive and motivating post. I agree with you, that if our minds are solely reflective on the failures, it would be hard to prosper. Grant it, failures are inevitable when reaching for success. However, failures should be used only as a lesson and to further one’s efforts towards success. I speak more about this in my blog titled, “Innovation: A Game of Chess”. But to concur, its best an entrepreneur love what they do, so it’s easier to maintain that positive attitude.

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  2. Devon,
    It has been a pleasure reading all your blog posts. I think this was a great way to wrap up your book review. Keeping things in perspective is extremely important to get an accurate picture of any situation at hand. I think people often get caught up with the little things and forget to balance things out. I am guilty of it myself. Also, I was very inspired by your comments on how we should have fun every day, not wait for the rewards at the end. It is a bit difficult to change this mentality, but true fulfillment comes from enjoying what you are doing on a regular basis. Great work Devon!
    Best regards,
    -Jose F. Saavedra

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  3. Hi Devon,
    This is a concept I think we all can relate to. I find myself always the first to critique my own work, but the first to encourage others. I have enjoyed reading your blog and will have to give this book a read! The concept of inventing the future is intriguing and definitely something that I could learn to embrace.

    Emily

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  4. Hailee Barbarits March 6, 2019 — 4:48 pm

    Hi Devon,
    To try and keep my confidence up and to prevent being overwhelmed, I make a list and claim smaller wins. Once I look at this sheet and see all the wins that I accomplished for the day, that makes me feel great, instead of looking at the huge picture and being consumed with worry by all the things that still lie ahead of me. I try to use little strategies like that to keep a “winning” attitude, but I am also aware of creating a false confidence, so there needs to be a balance between the two!

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