The Architecture of Ones Success

When I was growing up I had a passion for architecture (Frank Lloyd Wright via Smithsonianmag.com); the bases in building something great in life follow similar routes to a great piece of architecture. It’s through those similarities to which I have tried to calculate and build a life and career following the tenants I learned while studying and admiring the architecture in my life. From the planning, building of a foundation adjusting and proper problem solving we can build something spectacular in our lives.

Proper Planning – The Blue Print

FlWrights-HDWhether you are growing and planning for your future from high school to college or planning the next step in your career it takes proper planning and organization to get it done efficiently. You can try to build a shelter or a home of sorts without direction and it may work for a bit, but long term the more effort and planning you put into it, the longer it will last. It’s through proper design and introspection upon that design that can and will lead to a greater chance of success. It is not about the first idea we have, or the firs design; it’s about the constant attention and adjustment to that plan until its perfect (or its closest version of the unattainable perfection).

In one’s life there will come time to ask ourselves if we are where we want to be. If we aren’t in the place we want to be then it is up to ourselves to be self aware and review the plan we have drawn for ourselves.

Foundation Building

Before you can be the best at something you have to master the basics. If you want to be the greatest soccer (futbol) player one must focus on mastering the basics to an extreme level. The foundation of learning those basics through thousands of hours of practice lays the foundation for the excellence for a great career like those such as Andrea Pirlo, Pele and Lionel Messi. In similar fashion to a musician needing to master individual cords before they can write or perform a masterpiece so must one master the foundations of life, before one can truly succeed.

The hardest thing to accept at a young age, any for that matter, is that it often takes repetitions for all things in life to master them. This is true for all things from social interaction all the way to knowledge and self awareness. We need to practice and not run away and hide from the skills and life lessons that we need to learn.

When I was younger my grandmother would always ask me what I was accomplishing.

If I was playing a game, running around or watching TV, she would ask me that question. It wasn’t until I was in college that I realized what she was asking me, what am I doing with the time that I have? Am I wasting it or utilizing it to better myself and the future that I might have?

When working on our foundations we have to be aware of the choices we make and be patient on the pay off. This is the hardest part of building a proper foundation, we often times want to take short cuts in hopes of a quicker resolution. The problem lies in the fact that our growth will eventually pay for the shortcuts we made when building our foundation and crumble under its own pressure. Taking the time and putting in the effort to achieve what is needed is the way to ensure our R.O.I. is peak.

Adjusting – Problem Solving Correctly

When building a business both physically and financially there will be plenty of tough decisions along the way. There will come a time when you realize you missed something and have to figure out an adjustment to the plans, go back and fix it properly or try to ignore it and hope for the best. These defining moments as we build our lives that can lead to the greatest accomplishments of our lives or the moments we look back on with regret. That moment when you decided not to go to the party where some people got arrested, the decision to take the summer classes or the dinner party you went to despite being exhausted because you knew the networking could lead to great things.

There are moments in our lives that can take us one way or another as our live culminates within those decisions one after the other. We can make up for the worst of moments if we stand tall, accept them be accountable and move forward. Ignoring the problem at hand will not fix it long term; imagine the plumber that decides to use the wrong strength of solder when welding a joint that would be fine at inspection but under the right conditions could lead to immense damage. Fast forward five years and a company that is working to close a big project shuts the lights off late one night thinking they have everything securely backed up and ready for tomorrows sales pitch, only to come in the office the next day flooded and their servers destroyed.

That one decision to take the short cut can have immense unintended consequences; when doing the right thing would have taken a few minutes or hours longer to do it right. The adjustments and problems we have to fix will have a great impact on who we are, where we end up and the ability we have to succeed. I often times take accountability for any and all issue within my purview to ensure we as a team focus on moving forward with the proper solution. I then coach the issue and person (people) who need to be taught to ensure it isn’t repeated. Those decisions lead us to the proper place we are seeking and often times to a place we never thought possible.

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