Andy, when did you get consistent and start working hard?

Andy and his son, Spencer at the NHL All-Star Draft

Andy and his son, Spencer at the NHL All-Star Draft

So I went to check my blog today and I saw that David O’Donnell down in Greenville, S.C., who works with National Agents Alliance and is one of our top producers and fastest growing agency managers, had been reading my blog, specifically the one I just wrote on “The audacity of white sheeting.”

If you have read the blog I’m referring to, go read it now. After that, come back and read this one so it all makes sense to you and you know what I’m talking about.

First of all, David didn’t just read my blog, he then engaged by leaving not only a comment, but he also asked a question – a great question!

Of course, questions get my brain going and I started thinking that I should select the best questions people leave on my blog and address them with shorter blogs. David, congratulations on reading and engaging! I like it and I want to encourage you and the rest of the people that visit my Web site to continue to send me comments and questions.

Who knows, I might pick your question or comment and write about it!

Here’s David’s question: When did you start this positive habit and how long did it take you to discipline yourself to be consistent?

Now, David’s question is not just about white sheeting, but it’s more about a person’s work ethic here. Does that make sense? See if you are disciplined enough to take the time to white sheet, then you are probably a person that is consistent in other avenues of life too. Successful people in business and in life are consistent. There’s not really some big secret they know that others don’t, they just know how to consistently do what they are good at. Here’s another hint: they probably work hard too!

It takes practice and effort to get good at something. Those that know this, eventually become great!

It’s like getting good at anything whether you are playing cards, playing basketball or running an Ironman race.  You just start out doing all that you can.

David, I would remember to get out a sheet of white paper from time to time and just try it. I don’t do it every day, every week or only on Tuesdays. I just do it. I do it as much as I can.

My strategy has been for a long time now to do what I can do. I’m not big on setting limited goals, I’m not sitting on things that I’ve got to do, I just do all that I can do … all I can every day, all out. So, like I’ve been saying … it’s all out, all year long! You’ve got to do one thing correctly right now!

Then, you do another thing right tomorrow morning and another thing right for lunch. If you keep doing one thing right, it will start to mount up.

It fires me up when people ask me what they should do next. Start by moving, change your surroundings, do something you normally wouldn’t do. Just keep working at different things and find out what you do well. White sheeting is one of those things I do that I’ve found to be an effective way to help me be productive.

Great question David! Keep them coming folks.

5 thoughts on “Andy, when did you get consistent and start working hard?

  1. Jonathan Chambers Direct to "Jeremy Patton" in The Fitz Group

    Andy, I appreciate all of the insanely hard work and pain that you have endured through the years of pushing and fighting with all you got to make this Opportunity available to me and my family along with many others. I know you hear it and get it all the time but you truly have been an inspirational mentor to me and me and my family are forever grateful. I just wanted to take the time to honor you and give you the respect you deserve.
    Thanks Andy

  2. Patrick Connors

    Should we be surprised that Andy Albright read the comments to his blog entry?

    Afterall, the reason he’s so busy is bc he’s FOCUSED on making a DIFFERENCE in peoples’ lives.

    I’ve heard Andy say, “will you please stop respecting my time and just contact me?”

    One of the HARDEST WORKING people I’ve ever met, Andy AMAZES me that he’s so accessible. Thank you David for the question–and thank you Andy for answering it (and sharing more insight.) –Patrick Connors

  3. Hugh Turner

    Advise worth following! As is everything else you have encouraged. Successful business etiquette can be learned if one is mentally ready to embrace the lessons. That being said -Would you say that if a person has tenacity but currently lacks the boldness and quick thinking that he/she is a candidate for NAA culture?

  4. Laura Ceville

    Great post Andy! “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” We often look for the “event” to occur… but success comes down to daily disciplines. It’s not a “Eureka!” moment that catapults you into the realm of successful individuals. With this in mind, would you consider discipline of greater significance than talent?

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