“This the real world, homie, school finished. They done stole your dreams, you dunno who did it.”KANYE WEST, “GORGEOUS”
Every time I read a management or self-help book, I find myself saying, “That’s fine, but that wasn’t really the hard thing about the situation.”
The hard thing isn’t setting a big, hairy, audacious goal. The hard thing is laying people off when you miss the big goal.
The hard thing isn’t hiring great people. The hard thing is when those “great people” develop a sense of entitlement and start demanding unreasonable things.
The hard thing isn’t setting up an organizational chart. The hard thing is getting people to communicate within the organization that you just designed.
The hard thing isn’t dreaming big. The hard thing is waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat when the dream turns into a nightmare.
The problem with these books is that they attempt to provide a recipe for challenges that have no recipes.
There’s no recipe for really complicated, dynamic situations. There’s no recipe for building a tech company; there’s no recipe for leading a group of people out of trouble; there’s no recipe for making a series of hit songs; there’s no recipe for playing number 7 on a soccer field; there’s no recipe for run ning for president; and there’s no recipe for motivating teams when your business has turned to crap.
That’s the hard thing about hard things—there is no formula for dealing with them.
Nonetheless, there are many bits of advice and experiences online right now that can help with the hard things.