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What You Don’t Deserve

One.
Three.
Half a dozen or so.
Hundreds.

How much time do we spend striving to get what we deserve? The new widget, the next version of the thing-a-mabob, the first 100,000 users, the A, the raise. Do you deserve those things? Maybe you do, in fact, let’s just say you do. But today, I’m going to ask you for a favor.

Grab your writing surface of choice and make a quick list. For some of you it may not take anytime at all, and for some of you it may take a few minutes, but trust me this will be worth it. Make a list of what you have that you don’t deserve. For me today, it was people:

  • One wife, who loves me more than I deserve.
  • Three children, who look at me in a way I could never deserve.
  • Half a dozen or so good friends, who back me up more than I deserve.
  • Hundreds of amazing loosely connected internet folks whose friendship I’ve done nothing to deserve.

Done? Good, now give thanks for that list. If you’re like me, give thanks to God, if that’s not your deal right now, well just say thank you out loud. Seriously, do it now (if you feel weird, grab your phone, pretend to dial and say thanks to it).

When you’re stressed, and that deadline is looming or you’re not getting the recognition you should or the conversions aren’t happening no matter how many AB tests you conduct or the dinner just burned (again) or whatever thing you’re chasing at the moment continues to elude you, giving thanks for what you don’t deserve will help strengthen you on the path to what you do deserve.

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3 thoughts on “What You Don’t Deserve”

  1. I think you're being overly critical. I think you're being harsh to yourself, and that's fine, because high standards push us to do better, to go after the things we might not deserve. But you need someone who's gonna smack you every once in a while for being hard on yourself. I'm about to smack you.

    I've never met Ruby, but from the way you talk about her, I don't think she's the type to "settle" with someone who doesn't deserve her. I definitely don't think she'd raise a family with you if you weren't someone she thought would raise an amazing family. Go ask her. (Bro, she made you those cookies!)

    You take your kids on manventures and go to their performances. You teach them. They're probably better entrepreneurs than I'll ever be. Kids don't admire their fathers for no reason. It's earned.

    I could keep going, but you don't need that. You can keep thinking you don't deserve these people, and that's fine. They've still got your back. But part two of this post should be called, "Take Time To Pat Yourself On The Back Every Once In A While, Even If It's Only For A Second And Then You Can Return To Your Previously Ridiculously High Standards So You Can Go Out And Conquer The World And Deliver To Those People You Don't Deserve The Very Best." I want to read that one too.

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