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Are You Pushing the Envelope or Pushing Paper?
Published on Aug 29, 2011
Read our article, 'Are You Pushing the Envelope or Pushing Paper?' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
Whether you’re a huge company, a small business, or somewhere in-between — you're either pushing paper or pushing the envelope.A Quick Word on “Pushing”
In the literal sense, we shouldn’t be pushing anything at all, because pushing equals forcing — which can lead to disaster.
But in this article, pushing has a slightly different meaning. Are we status quo, staying within a tiny little paradigm that gets us a paycheck or a modest profit for our business? Or are we pushing the envelope by creating innovation that makes us a leader, a trend setter or a world changer?
What We Choose to Push Affects Our Entire Life
Beyond the business model, pushing paper is a choice that typically brings us no personal satisfaction or accomplishment. Weren’t we put on this earth for more than just going through the motions?
Sure, pushing the envelope can be scary. And if we don’t do our research, learn from our mistakes or ensure the highest quality, it can be fatal. But the rewards are great for those who are brave enough to go into uncharted territory — both personally and professionally.
A true desire for pushing the envelope is the path of high integrity. But it also involves extreme dedication and hard work. Remember, even Michael Jordan (the greatest basketball player who ever lived) was cut from his high school basketball team. What would have happened if he would have walked away and stopped trying because it was too “hard?”
We’re at work anyway. Why not be the Michael Jordan of what we do? We have a choice, no matter where we’re at in our lives. We can be our best or we can be mediocre.
There may be hundreds, or even thousands of people, awaiting our decision. What’s your choice?
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