I just returned from 3 weeks in Spain on Saturday, and during my 11.5 hour flight from Munich to San Francisco I re-read all three of the books I am going to use in my Entrepreneurial Psychology class starting tonight. The best of the three books by far is Tina’s. This excellent passage on excuses Tina credits to her colleague at Stanford, Bernie Roth:
There’s a big difference between trying to do something and actually doing it. We often say we’re trying to do something – losing weight, getting more exercise, finding a job. But the truth is we’re either doing it or not doing it. Trying to do something is a cop-out. You have to focus your intention to make something happen by giving at least 100 percent commitment. Anything less and you’re the only one to blame for failing to reach your goals. (p. 164)
I work for the State of Nevada as a management professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Starting July 1, 2010, the state of Nevada will deduct 4.6 percent per month from my salary as part of a mandatory furlough to address our huge budget deficit. I never anticipated that I would see something like this in my academic career.
And that pisses me off!
I let myself become complacent. I expected my external environment to remain stable and predictable and as a result I never developed contingency plans. Like the State of Nevada, I only planned for more of the booming growth we had become so accustomed to.
This website, which I launched a few days before I left for Spain last month, is part of my effort to re-invent and re-brand myself. I have no idea where it is going to take me, but I intend to meet a lot of new people and explore a lot of new possibilities in the months and years to come.
The class I’m starting tonight is also part of that effort; I’ve never before taught a class in Entrepreneurial Psychology. But I want to learn more about entrepreneurship so I can try my hand at it, and I want to reposition myself as someone that can teach and do research on entrepreneurship just in case I want to try the academic job market again in a few years.
Even though the State of Nevada is going to take 4.6 percent of my pay next year, I am planning for new growth personally, professionally, and financially during that time.