The next big thing

Posted on Wednesday.5.20.2009



Not unlike you, I’m the next big thing. I’m just waiting to be discovered. I’m talented, skilled, progressed through my career fast and now it’s time for everyone else to notice so that I can be rich and famous.

I know it seems ridiculous, but  if I’m really honest with myself, I think that way sometimes. One of this generations (GenY or Millenials)  biggest cancers will be having to struggle with this idea of being the “the next big thing.” We think we don’t have to pay our dues, our talent is enough. That’s why we have an average of a 4-5 year stay with our careers.

John Wooden says this about intentness,

Our society has been permeated by a mindset of immediate gratification. Simply put, people are impatient. They want too much too soon. They have lost sight of an overarching truth: in life, worthwhile accomplishments and acquisitions take time. Usually, the better the reward, the more time it takes to acquire it. Intentness gives us the doggedness to hang in there and overcome impatience. Intentness is patience with action.
Without intentness, we can’t possibly become all we can be. However, assuming our ability warrants it, we can approach the pinnacle of our profession, position or title if we have the resolve to plow through whatever life throws at us – even if it is a curve.

Coach Wooden is talking about our need to be persistent and tenacious as we approach our life. He always talks about maximizing the ability that God has given us to achieve success. It’s no different here, as he asks people to work hard through life despite our status by title and how things change around us.


  • Work hard to maximize your strengths, not for a lofty title.
  • Be patient in advancement, but don’t wait to work hard till you get there.
  • Know the limitations of your innate ability.
  • What’s the prize at the end of the road? If it’s a great prize, it’ll be a long road.
  • Ask someone (older, preferrably not a Gen-Yer)  in your life to help provide road signs telling you your progress. It’ll keep you grounded and less frustrated.

I definitely struggle with this a whole lot. Hope the reflections help you as much as they help me.

Finally, a quote from Warren Buffet, everyone would love just 1% of his money.
“No matter how great the talent or effort, some things just take time: You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”

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