Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 14MAY12

“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: business execution

One of my favorite books is The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, a book about breaking through blocks in our life and winning our inner creative battles. I recommended it to a colleague this past week and grabbed it to read on the train to and fro San Francisco. Here’s an except from a section titled “The Unlived Life:”

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance….

Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet. It is the root of more unhappiness than poverty, disease and erectile dysfunction. To yield to Resistance deforms our spirit. It stunts us and makes us less than we were born to be. If you believe in God (and I do) you must declare Resistance evil, for it prevents us from achieving the life God intended when He endowed each of us with our own unique genius.”

Buy this book. Read this book. It will help you thrive.

Thought for the week:

“There’s no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.” – Wayne Dyer

What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting


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3 Responses to Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 14MAY12

  1. Hello-
    For once it may look like I am disagreeing with Dave Gardner. I agree to a point. Some of us are too anxious to try what would yield positive consequences for everyone in the short term and long term. His point is well made for those of us who get bound up by our our own anxiety.

    And then there are impulsive smart people who act like idiots or flat out lie to justify their behavior, without discussing the consequences of their behaviour. I offer two examples of “brilliant idiots”-Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke -9/23/2008 they testified before congress that they needed $7 billion in taxpayers money for Tarp Funds. Paulson has reportedly said in AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY that he realized five days later, that he was “entirely wrong”. Really????? Did he mean that he knew that financial armageddon was not really here, and he did not go back to Congress?

    So where was the Resistance to shooting off their mouths, when they needed it? I suggest that “saving the world” is an intoxicating idea, and one that should be resisted at all costs. They were not overly anxious types. I wish they had a normal amout of anxiety. The whole country would have been better off.

    James D. Cayton, Ph.D.


  2. Dave says:

    Hello, James…the post and the book really aren’t about impulsiveness–it’s more about our own internal resistance to starting that which we know we must to move projects and our lives forward. I had not considered that the opposite of resistance is impulsiveness. Interesting. Dave Gardner


  3. Hello David-
    I appreciate your columns very much. You have a good “big picture” approach. I did not mean to cast resistence as being the opposite of impulsiveness. An individual can be resistive to doing good or bad things. How “prosocial” or “antisocial” is a person in a general and in a specific sense.

    Was Paulson “resistent” to change by not setting the record straight? Or was he taking care of business for a few select friends in mega-businesses while offering a more acceptable, more platable intention, than the one he really had in mind? Was it a known rationalization or a lie? Was it merely “reframing” it, for what he thought was the good of the country-i.e. “What is good for General Motors is good for the country!”. I don’t personally know Paulson so I don’t know what he really had in mind, but I am entitled to my own suspicions.

    Bernanke is a self-proclaimed expert on the great recession. Reportedly, FDR had asked Morgenthau why he thought we were so slow to come out of the recession. Morgenthau offered the opinion (not entirely his own unique creation) that business could not borrow money when they needed it the most-i.e. in the worst of the business cycle. So they made it policy to become -“counter-cyclical.” The Fed is doing that to a point. But wiith the regulators, we have returned to Herbert Hoover days. We are punishing the banks by making it harder to get and loan money. But the little banks and medium sized banks are getting the brunt of the “regulations” as the big banks have acquired a yet bigger percentage of all of the business. Boy, are we tough! Yes, we are but we are being tough on the victims, not the perptrators.

    I forgot to mention Geithner who was not smart enough to do his income tax correctly or seek help with it. But we trust him, to do what? What is he doing? George Bush, the “Great Satan” according to the Democratic Party, is now being used as the excuse for the Democrats-“We are just following what Bush started”. Where does the hope and change come in??? Maybe with the new batch of Democrats and Republicans who are elected as we purge ouselves of the “old bums” of both parties in this next election.

    The SPEED with which it all happened is mind boggling. The Democrats did not feel a need to slow it down, debate the issues, and look for the pros and cons, and the unintended possible consequences of their proposals.

    Nancy Pelosi, in response to the criticism that no one could absorb what was in the O’bama Care health bill, so they could not know how to vote, offered her own imitation of “Let them eat cake!”. “After they appprove it they will know what is in it!”.

    What a game of hypocriscy. Put major bills up for a vote so fast that your own party does know what is in it, and then accuse the opposition of being obstructive. When no one in your own party has the courage to say “Slow it down!”, I would hope that other party would do so.

    There is an optimal speed of change and the resistence to change can be deadly, as is the rush to judgement. Too much resistence, or too little, have terrible consequences.

    But the important question is “Change for whose sake?”. In combat, surprize is valued. In a democratic nation, we can not act like surprize in governace is acceptable. It does not work.


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