I had an interesting conversation last night. It started in a fairly gloomy fashion, about signs in Ireland that the latest economic boom is coming to an end. About the growth in the property market slowing, and about the expected rise in interest rates. About small businesses being worried about people tightening their belts.
And then a friend of mine piped up – ‘If a tiger’s chasing you’, he said, ‘don’t worry about being faster than the tiger, just be faster than the other guy’.
Tigers are everywhere. And they are fast. External factors which threaten our work and the possibility of it succeeding are a fact of life.
Macroeconomic trends are one example, but equally as dangerous sometimes are the distractions on your phone, and the voices that tell you something can’t be done.
If you can keep your focus on doing good work, there’ll always be someone else for the tiger to catch first.