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January 4, 2011 / jasonpinto

Goals: Having a Healthy Disregard for the Impossible

This past weekend, I started plowing through “Googled: The End of the World As We Know It” by Ken Auletta.  It provides quite a comprehensive account of Google’s history. One of my favorite portions of the book discusses a quote that inspired one of Google’s founders. You may have heard it before, but the quote is this: “Have a healthy disregard for the impossible.”

Companies everywhere are proudly announcing their goals for the upcoming year. Perhaps they have made plans to launch new products/services, to provide greater support to their customers, and to improve the culture of their company.

These goals may be wonderful for a company to have. But deep down, do employees really believe that they can achieve them? Do they truly think that they can prioritize their time to work on what’s important, rather than being tied down by mundane tasks that suck the life out of them? Or, are they already saying that 2011 feels a lot like 2010, and the problems they face are the “same old, same old”, just a few days into the new year?

Fully accomplishing our goals is not easy, and it certainly may feel impossible at times. And sure, a feeling of deja vu may creep into our minds at the next meeting when things take a slightly negative turn to problems of the past.

When this happens, we are presented with an opportunity.

We can move our “2011 Goals” list to the bottom of the pile, or we can passionately challenge ourselves and others to truly find a way to make them a reality.


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