27 June 2018

apprenticeships ukfast - motivation, mindset, do you ever get bored?

It’s impossible to become bored in a place like UKFast!

Do you ever get bored? I was recently asked this in a message on LinkedIn.

The honest answer is, no! Life is so busy with the day-to-day at UKFast and managing the other businesses in our portfolio, it’s a challenge to find the time to be bored!

That being said, I am also incredibly focussed on spending my time on activities that I am passionate about. You can’t be all things to all people, invariably there are tasks that you aren’t as good at or that you don’t enjoy as much.

Being bored or disinterested in a task is a clear sign that you’re not passionate about it. You will never do as a good a job on something you’re not passionate about. It’s that simple.

Take UKFast MD and co-founder Gail and myself as an example. My passion lies in sales and marketing, in creativity and colour. Gail’s lies in numbers, in organisation and process. In each other’s shoes we’d without a doubt be bored and frustrated. And whilst we’d give it our best effort, there’s no way we could do as good a job as the other.

Passion is crucial in every part of what you do. It’s essential to give a task your full and undivided attention.

If you’re bored, make a change!

The LinkedIn messenger also commented:

“Entrepreneurs are forever driving changes – so sometimes it can be difficult to have to do the things you can’t change!”

Whilst this is true, I am a firm believer that you can always make a change, no matter how small. If you make a 1% change every day, week or month, these eventually accumulate into massive changes. A one degree shift in a journey around the globe from Washington DC would see you miss by more than 400 miles, ending up in Boston! These tiny 1% or one degree changes have a huge ripple effect. So whilst it may seem that you’re not making a difference at all, further on in your journey, you will see just what a huge impact you’ve had.

This message is one of many questions I receive on social media and I am planning to answer more of them in these posts – is there anything you’d like answering?

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