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Rout Rote Rut

by David DeFord

To stay sharp our brains need stimulation. We need to be exercising our minds, learning new skills, improving, and always finding new ways to accomplish our missions.

Yet, we sometimes do the same tasks the same way, day after day after day. We work by rote. I suppose we find comfort in the routine. But we seldom enjoy the results of such robotic efforts.

Our son has been in his new job for only eight months, yet he now supervises a crew of staff members who have been at the same jobs for over twenty years.

Why did management choose the youngest and least experienced member of the staff to supervise? They probably chose our son because he suffers from less rote rut. He thinks about his work. He seeks to find more efficient and more effective methods. He seeks improvement.

Seldom are we happy if we arenít improving. Given the choice between a simple task that requires no creativity nor challenge and a difficult task that will stretch me and help me to learn, Iíll pick the tough task every time.

Thereís something about seeing a challenge, sizing the effort, making a plan, and conquering. Thatís why I enjoy project-based work.

To make progress toward our goals and dreams, we must work on ourselves. We must seek to learn. We must seek to improve. We must measure ourselves against our dreams, find whatís lacking, and grow into them.

Jim Rohn advocates working harder on ourselves than we do on our jobs. When we do, we actually perform better work.

Want a raise? Improve yourself to the degree that your employer recognizes that you are worth the additional pay. Want more out of life? Identify what you want, consider what kind of person you need to become to merit it, and then work to become that person.

Challenge yourself to stretch. Donít settle for routine. Rise above the easy, rote tasks.

As you strive harder in your reach for the stars, you will enjoy greater satisfaction; and you will enjoy greater returns for your efforts.

Rout rote rut.


When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, this is happiness, this is success. Orison Swett Marden

Success doesn't come to youÖyou go to it. Marva Collins

No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction. Charles Kendall Adams

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of work. Sarah Knowles Bolton

I believe that the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master of that line. Andrew Carnegie

No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or get rich in business by being a conformist. J. Paul Getty

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