When I look back over the last 20 years of my career trajectory there are numerous clusters of time where I did not advance, where things simply did not work out the way that I hoped they would.

Contrast that to other times when things seemed to skyrocket even faster than I could keep up with.

When I get granular and really explore the difference in action that causes these two opposite outcomes it comes down to something some frustratingly simple.

When I don’t take action, things don’t work.

When I stick with the status quo, things don’t work.

When I don’t ask questions, things don’t work.

When I don’t take calculated risks, things don’t work.

Action is what overcomes obstacles.

Bucking the status quo is what creates change.

Asking questions is the key to growing.

Taking calculated risks can lead to the biggest rewards.

So you have two options in front of you. You can do what won’t work.

Or… (you’ve already gotten started and are getting to work).

James Patrick
IG @jpatrickphoto