As a young child I read “No Excuse” by Jay Rifenbary. Jay taught me that at West Point cadets are only allowed to answer officers with “Yes Sir,” “No Sir,” “I don’t understand Sir,” and “No Excuse Sir.” Whatever they’ve done wrong they can have no excuse. If they’re being told off they can’t defend themselves, they just have to suck it up, take responsibility, and resolve to do better next time. Jay sought to make his readers take up the same level of personal accountability.
More recently Seth Godin taught me about “The Dip” which is a way of expressing the learning curve. Learning experiences start out invigorating and joyful then you drop into the dip and learning is a grind. Most people decide not to finish their undertaking here. Read the rest of this entry »