Never let them see you sweat. -Phil Slott


I'm busier than you are. I have a full time job, a wife in medical residency, two kids, a startup, two music projects, a podcast and Hubski to help run. I'm wayyyy busier than you are.

What's that you say? You have four kids, a startup, work two jobs, have a grandmother that lives with you that has cancer, you're a Deacon at your church and you are a freelance writer?

-Okay, you win.

Geez. I guess when it comes down to it, most of us are pretty damn busy. I mean, it's all relative, right?

But there is something that separates a successful person from the rest of us busy humans. A successful person rarely complains about how busy they are.

They are the duck on the pond.

A duck on the pond appears to gracefully and effortlessly glide across the water. But the truth is, beneath the water that ducks little webbed feet are paddling at a feverish pace. You may not see it, but they are working hard.

Today I was on a conference call and someone showed up 15 minutes late. When they arrived they apologized and proceeded to list all the many reasons why they were busy. We are working on a new training program that is supposed to launch next thursday and we just hired a new person to oversee.... blah, blah, blah.

What I heard was, "my time is more valuable than yours. I don't possess the time management skills to perform my job. I make excuses. I am weak."

You have friends to commiserate with, don't bring it in to the workplace. If you are overwhelmed by your position, let your leader know in a professional way.

Don't be late. Don't complain about how busy you are and don't make excuses. We are all busy. Get there on time.

Be the duck on the pond.


Never be late unless you have a really good reason (example: car accident, family emergency). Those things are excusable. Late because of a lack of time management, not so much. If you are continuously late it shows that you are not yet ready to be involved with as many things as you might like.

posted by thenewgreen: 1025 days ago