Probably my favorite line from the (ace) film The Martian is (apart from the subject line):
“I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.”
Silly? Yes. Don’t care.
Actually, there’s a whole pile of awesome all in and around that film (and book).
Let’s skim over the fact that we (humanity) are, right now planning manned missions to Mars – which is just brilliant.
And let’s wander past the fact that the story is utterly compelling.
And the science pretty damn accurate and believable.
And march purposefully into two facts.
First: as Professor Brian Cox said, this film is probably the best advert for a career in engineering I’ve ever seen. If you have a daughter or a son, take them to see it, and gently plant the seed that they could one day be working on space missions. Ain’t nothing cooler or more exciting, amigo.
Second: much as I hate to say this because every goo-roo and their Great Aunt Agnes will trot this out for the next few months, it has a very simple message for business owners.
Actually, not just for business owners, for everyone all the time. Here’s my second favourite quote and the point of this email:
“At some point, everything’s going to go South on you. You’re going to say, ‘This is it. This is how I end.’ Now, you can either accept that, or you can get to work. You have to solve one problem, and then solve the next problem, and then solve the next problem, and if you solve enough problems, you get to go home.”
One of my Inner Circle Members commented the other day that they had so much to do, it was all overwhelming.
Man, I know how that feels. I still get that way sometimes (more often than I’ll usually admit) but the solution is always the same. For everyone, everywhere.
Triage. That’s what they call it on the battlefield.
Get to work. Solve the first problem. Then solve the next problem. Then the next.
Eventually, you’ll have solved all the problems and you can crack open a beer and put your feet up.
Then get to work again.
Because that’s the way this shit rolls, yo.
My Superheroes in the Inner Circle are all grafters. They know they need to do stuff. I’m helping them pick a direction and get on with it. They’re helping each other get stuff done.
But the key is this: you have to – HAVE TO – get to work and solve that first problem. Then the next.
If you’re not willing to do that, to do the work, fold your business and get a job because there’s no hope for you.
If you are willing to do that, and you need some direction and arse-kicking, click here and join us in the Inner Circle.
Vicki Fraser is a British author and writer who published the books”49 Simple Marketing Ideas to Grow Your Business Fast” and “Business For SuperHeroes”. Her website is www.vickifraser.com