The Reason You Fall Flat On Your Face

Todd SchnickSitting around…

Lots can be said about sitting around.

It can be a good thing…

…or a bad thing.

Depends on the context.

Sometimes you need down time: time to think, time to noodle, time to just be, time to recharge.

This is when creative juices flow, and when new ideas are birthed.

But I’ve noticed that most people do not make the time for this sort of important personal reflection. And I don’t do it as often as I should.

And then…

Sometimes you are at a trade show, as I am now, and you observe people just sitting around…

…sitting around waiting for something to happen, waiting for someone to come to them, waiting for lightning to strike.

This is the bad “sitting around.”

This is sitting around because you have no plan. No goals. No agenda. No ambition. And well, no flippin’ idea…

No idea of what’s possible if you weren’t just sitting around.

Allow yourself to reflect for a moment, and to contemplate what you could do if you weren’t just sitting around…

[insert pause for contemplation here.........]

Some say they are sitting around because they need time to think…

But they really aren’t thinking.

They are a lazy mass of humanity just sitting around. Wasting space, pretending to be some hip artist or “big” thinker contemplating the state of things…

When in fact, they are just sitting around. Watching others stir up dust and trouble…

And opportunity.

You always have to be moving. Making. Doing. Stirring. And contemplating. Really contemplating.

What’s possible. What’s doable. And then doing.

Doing, because you don’t sit around.

[Editor's Note: In the context of the trade show observations I've made over the last two days that inspired this rant, I continue to be amazed at how people waste opportunities to make new, meaningful connections at events like these. Don't miss these golden opportunities. There is a reason you spend a lot of money to participate...]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/david.farrell.9619934 David Farrell

    I like this: “Some say they are sitting around because they need time to think…
    But they really aren’t thinking.” No need for me to add anything further.

  • Todd Schnick

    yeah david. people say they are always thinking. no. far too often, they are just conscious…. you know?

  • http://www.cazoomi.com/ Clint Wilson

    Timely read Todd and after the crazy “tent revival” called DF12 I really like this quote from you, “I continue to be amazed at how people waste opportunities to make new, meaningful connections…”

    Engagement is what makes life fun and many I saw seemed like cattle there:)

    ~Clint
    @cazoomi

  • http://www.cazoomi.com/ Clint Wilson

    amen:)

  • Todd Schnick

    cattle… i like that term will steal that for future content…