Simple Words, Simple Message

I attended the annual Boy Scouts Breakfast this morning in Bremerton to raise money for the local Chief Seattle Council Boy Scout program. I go to this great event as a guest of one of my clients. It draws about 500 leading business men and women from a two-county area. Our speaker today was marvelous. Ivar’s CEO Bob Donegan spoke eloquently and passionately about how customer service has propelled Ivar’s to a bastion of leadership in this area and in his industry.

However, one of the more riveting thoughts came from a Scout leader. It’s one that really stuck in my head. He was saying that there is one thing they tell the Cub Scouts (the farthest in ranks I progressed in the system. I failed whittling miserably). The message to the Cubs is this – “Do your best.” That’s it. That’s all. But, how powerful that statement is to all of us.

I know I’ve been guilty of trying too hard, trying to do too much, thinking I can give 110% when math tells us that this is impossible and 100% is all you can do. Keeping the mantra of “Do your best” will keep us all in line with reality. It will let us be satisfied that we made the best decision we could with the knowledge that we had at the time. No hindsight needed.

“Do your best” means having the confidence to know that your best is all you can give. It should be all we strive to do and if we do then success will surely follow. The Boy Scouts are proof of that.

© 2011 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved



My Extra Points memo this morning dealt with the subject of “Community.” You can read it and subscribe to the Monday morning memos by clicking here.

Today, I got yet another opportunity to see “community” at work. I attended the annual Olympic College Foundation Columbus Day Luncheon. I’ve lost track of the number I’ve attended. My wife and I are proud to support the foundation and captained a table again. This year, I was asked to do the “ask.”

In briefing with the executive director prior to the event, I was mildly surprised to learn that this event (which regularly brings in just under 300 people) was going to draw the largest attendance since 2006. Joan estimated well over 300 people. This is right in the middle of a challenging economic time for individuals and businesses. Yet, this community of which I am proud to be part of always rallies for those who really need it. In this case, helping young people (including the young at heart) get their education.

Community means more that just a geographic area. My definition of community is a group of people, diverse in culture, ideas, and strengths, that band together for the greater good. That can be a professional group, a faith community, a service organization, or a business community advancing education. What communities do you belong to? What rewards do you realize from being part of it? And, most importantly, what do you contribute to it?

How you answer that last question will help you find balance in your life…

To learn more about the Olympic College Foundation, click here.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved