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Decisions are Made by Those Who Show Up

Mikey Dickerson, Administrator of the U.S. Digital Service, says farewell and reflects on the importance of building a tradition of service in his post, You’ll Never Be The Same Again.

One of the references in his post, which resonated with me, is a quote attributed to Steve Jobs:

Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it…Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

At the end Mikey concludes with the endless opportunity to get involved in public service. However, his words hold just as true in any other context.

Don’t wait to be asked … Decisions are made by those who show up.

Commitment

Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you

– Orebela Gbenga

Mindset

If you take two people, one of them is a learn-it-all and the other one is a know-it-all, the learn-it-all will always trump the know-it-all in the long run

– Satya Nadella on culture at Microsoft, inspired by Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset.

If You Accept It, Expect It

If the player lines up two yards over the start line in sprints and you do not correct him, do not jump his butt when he does it in the game . …If you do not correct the offensive lineman in practice for holding, do not bitch at the official for calling it in the game. If you accept it, you should expect it in the games, and that is on the coach.

– Chip Kelly

Source: The Tao of Chip Kelly by Mark Saltveit.