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Decide Which Donut You Will Pursue

Dear Members and Constituents,
You can be anything you want (within reason), but you can’t be everything you want. Your time, energy and focus are limited resources which, if applied towards a narrow set of goals, can get you quite far in that direction. It’s a natural temptation –and a common mistake– to try to do it all. Like butter on toast, it is possible to spread yourself so thinly no perceptible flavor is left. This is true of any endeavor where resources are limited –arguably, everything in life. Whether it’s career choices, IT projects or weekend activities, you can only do so many… well. A strategy to decide what to do (and, perhaps more importantly, what not to do) is of utmost importance. I think you know what I’m talking about. We’ve all, at some point in our lives, agreed to attend three parties the same night –and enjoyed none of them. Granted, you must beware of false trade-offs (but that’s a topic for another day)

Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Which, in turn, means it’s worth giving-up on many other things. This principle holds true even when it comes to donuts. When you come to my office this morning you will be tempted by a broad array of LaMar’s sizes, colors and flavors (courtesy of Craig Mundell –donut boy). My advice to you is to pick one or two. It does not matter which you choose, what matters is that you choose. You can thank me later.
Happy Friday!

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colin said…
JP,

I miss doughnut fridays... Hope all is well back at l3.

Colin - Balitmore, MD

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