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The 5 F’s of success and execution

Posted by John on February 1, 2011

Hello all,

It has been quite a long time since I last put my thoughts down here. Many things have happened in my life, all for the good. I have landed a new opportunity to help a company rejuvenate their new product development. We have real estate contracts on both ends that look solid. And most importantly, we have spent time with family and friends over the holidays. If you want to know more about where life is taking me, drop me a line here and I will be glad to give some details. For those at Wegmans that read this, our biggest disappointment is that we will now have a 25 mile drive to be your patrons.

So, what about the 5 F’s? Once again, in listening to people speak about their journey, some alliteration came to me. Successful people seem to have the ability to combine all of these into their lives and their outlooks.

Focus – Do you know when to put the blinders on and refrain from being distracted? When does the crash occur? Most often, when the driver is distracted. Maintaining a focus on the important details and changes going on around is a trait you see in successful people. They seem to “get it” – what will make the difference.

Fullness – These same people seem to have a satisfaction without always winning. They have a plan for themselves and for serving others and, somehow, that is enough to provide their sense of fulfillment.

Future – But wait, they also have a desire to move to the future and leave the world better than they found it. They can see the future but also know that there is more over the horizon. In other words, it never ends. So they celebrate where they are, then they look forward for the next journey.

Freedom – When is the last time you felt you could do anything you wanted to do within your job or business? Sure, there are some guidelines that most companies put out there but are they really the things that restrict you from acting? Or is it really just an excuse?

Fundamentals – Finally, do the basics. If you can do the little things, the big things all of a sudden look more doable. The best at anything has spent years and years developing their skill set to prepare for success. Now, to you, it looks easy. You watch them and think that “anyone could do that.” As the subtitle always says,” Trained professionals were used – do not try this at home.”

I will continue to watch and listen in my world for a message to put out here but, until the next one, have some fun.

John

P.S. Congrats to my friends, acquaintances, and colleagues at Wegmans and W.L. Gore, another successful year on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For.  You all deserve it.

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