Out on a Limb

Out on a Limb

Hey guys, Monday Message. So here we are.

Why not go out on a limb? Because that’s where the fruit is.
– Mark Twain

Mark Twain said that, and it makes me think of one of our core values, which is invested.

We’re looking for people that are invested and put an investment in. Not only themselves but the company and the things that they do.

One of the things I talk about in leadership and just throughout the company is that piece of investment is sometimes taking risk. Some of us have been burned in the past by an employer, by a co-worker, by somebody else. And we shy away from and pull back from investing in that next relationship or the next thing. Because we’re worried that we’re going to be treated did the same as the last person. And sometimes that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy because of our own actions. We become very cynical about the way other people are. We treat other people as if they are going to do it to us. And sometimes that action, that treatment of that person, makes them sometimes turn around and do the thing or be a part of that broken relationship in our lives.

We just know, last week we just walked away from Valentine’s Day and stuff. And I don’t know what you did with a special someone. Maybe you don’t have a special someone right now. And maybe that has something to do with what we’re talking about today.

Going out on that limb and taking those chances. Because you have a lot better chance at fruit.

I’ve talked about in my own life where I have been treated badly or poorly by others and other companies, other relationships. But I tend to work that much harder at ensuring that I don’t treat my next relationship as if they’re going to do the same thing to me. At least I try to. But it’s tough.

In 30 years of marriage, there are times that sometimes I will treat Karen as if something that she has responded may be not so great to. I know some of you are having a hard time believing that Karen can respond not so great to anything because she’s such an amazing woman. But in our relationship, there are times that sometimes I have reacted or Karen has reacted to me as if I’m going to do the thing that I’ve done in the past. And therefore, sometimes it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. It happens that way.

So on this Monday, something to think about. Go out on the limb. Take a chance.Iinvest in that next relationship, invest in the company, invest in people in your lives, and you might find yourself actually having some fruit to eat.

All right, remember guys, God bless you and be valuable because nothing less will do. I’ll talk to you guys next week. Bye, see you.