As I enter my third decade in the talent force, it becomes more obvious than ever that winning is about excellent everyday execution on the fundamentals. Writing software? It’s about each line of code. Counting beans? It’s about accounting for each entry. Hustling sales? It’s about systematic followup. So what are the fundamentals of generating the future, the profession of entrepreneurs? The act of reinventing reality is to step into the vision within and manifesting it through word and action. Yet how does that translate into the day-to-day of business?
Just as Toy Story must work for both adults and children, Joaquín Rodriguez Kierce’s “No te pagan por lo que sabes” (They don’t pay you for what you know) (Spanish Edition) covers the fundamentals of generating the future for new entrants into the talent force…yet you adult professionals would do well to brush up with this quick read, because there’s a lot of sloppy execution out there, including by yours truly.
The book is a reminder that the point of showing up to work is to make valuable things happen. To bring ideas to life. To ship! And that attitude of execution is reflected in the way you run meetings, in the way you write emails, in the way you present, in the way you make promises, and in how you embrace deadlines…day in and day out. These routine events are how you keep an organization inescapably awakened to its purpose for being. Each of these present an opportunity to move the ball forward, or not. Ballers move the ball forward, and Rodriguez Kierce has written a manual for ballers in control of their professional careers.
It is not possible to practice this book’s suggestions without being noticed…there is very little competition for professionals that invite responsibility and are intolerant of indecision: people know when they are coasting, and respect even a 22-year old who embodies excellence. Because this attitude reflects the values of owners, it is a rocket fuel for career advancement.
Looking back at the past two decades, I realize that all I ever wanted was the opportunity to work, to demonstrate what I could accomplish. Practitioners of Rodriguez Kierce’s advice will have no shortage of this opportunity.
Puerto Rico’s startup community should be proud of its accomplishments in the past few quarters: BarCamp Mayagüez, WordCamp, Startups of Puerto Rico, Startup After Hours, Startup Weekends hosted in Puerto Rico, Colombia and Norway, Founder Institute, Microsoft and El Nuevo Dia hacking contests, Startup America, Lean LaunchPad at UPR, Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp, and even a Geek on a Plane touring Miami, Mexico, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. So what’s on my wishlist for the second half of 2012? Thought you’d never ask:
All that could be accomplished with about $250,000 and a lot of collaboration. What would be the result? A startup community that can operate at a totally different scale through funding (angels), intensity (coworking & mastermind) and connectivity (speakers & EIR), all built organically.
So, what’s on your wishlist?