How do you start your day?


Mohammed Al-Taee asked question on his Facebook page about a statement of who a skillful employer will hire… it included “stupid people.”

Mohammed asked myself, Heather Coleman, and Walter Akana if we had an answer.

The question was about hiring stupid people.

It wasn’t where I planned to go today but it is on my mind. There are different kinds of people.

We can’t all be brilliant, creative, or talented in everything. The question was about hiring stupid people.

I’ll let Mohammed address that on his blog because I am sure he will, I think the direction he was going is hiring unskilled people and I have no problem with that.

“What if you are not stupid?” but “what if you make stupid choices?”

But the question he provoked for me is… “What if you are not stupid?” but “what if you make stupid choices?”

Oh, I know, we all do that too, a thousand examples, including me falling on the ice and getting a black eye. But what if you have tons of potential but you don’t use it for good? Or tons of resources? Or tons of connections?

How do you start your day?

What if you fritter your time away with television, movies, video games, drinking, or drugs. Never just get off the couch and get going? I talked about the Blame Game awhile back but it is bigger than that.

I have too much to do, too many options to even start to fit into 24 hours. What makes some people so different? I really don’t think it is because they are stupid. I think it is their choices.

Just wondering. You can talk about it here if you want.

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  1. Heather E Coleman on February 22, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Great blog, Julie.

    I have been thinking about this very topic recently – choices. Why do some people choose to be selfless and others selfish? Why do some do the bare minimum to get through the day and collect the paycheck while others have the attitude of “while I am here I will commit to improving our organization?”

    I know life circumstances will sometimes interfere with the productivity of even the best worker, but let’s put that aside for a moment.

    Generally thinking, I believe the choices we make come down to personality types, attitude and integrity. It becomes an issue of what *type* of person are you? Are you committed to personal and professional growth? Or are you going to the least amount and complain about it every step of the way?

  2. Mohammed on February 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

    What if life forced us to take stupid choices or if there no option available except stupid one?

    What should you do?
    .-= Mohammed´s last blog ..Brand Conversation with Julien Smith =-.

  3. Melissa on February 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I read your post earlier today and thought about as I went about my morning.

    You are right about the many activities that compete for our precious time. Perhaps that’s part of the root of the problem. Too many choices lead to inaction. Limit the choices, and you limit the time that you spend hemming and hawing about what is the “best” option.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..No Such Thing =-.

  4. Reeta Luthra | Stress and Health on February 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    The choices we make are the only choices we *can* make given our resources, knowledge, ability, aspirations, beliefs, limitations at the time the choice is made.

    When people say “Oh if I could turn back time, I’d do it differently”… it’s not true. If they turned back time, there is no other choice they could possibly make because given all the other constants, nothing would be different inside themselves.

    This is why regrets are a waste of time. There is no way you could have done anything differently because everything up until that point was set up for that particular choice.

    To start making better choices, we have to start by developing ourselves so the next choice we make has a different set of resources behind it.

    This is why I love personal development – the future really is made of magic.
    .-= Reeta Luthra | Stress and Health´s last blog ..Making Successful Choices =-.

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