Look at your calendar. Do it. I’ll wait.
Does it look awesome? Ha, I doubt it. If your calendar is anything like mine used to be, it probably looks pretty shitty. It probably looks like a to-do list for OTHER PEOPLE.
Hour by hour, time ticks by. Meeting after meeting, nothing gets accomplished. Shit stays the fucking same. Except for one thing: you’re just a little bit older.
Think about that for a second. If somebody requests your time, it’s because they need something from you. They want a piece of you. Requesting a meeting is one of the most selfish things a people can do — it is saying, “I think something is important enough to justify a whole bunch of us spending time talking about it.”
But it’s up to you to decide if you want to spend your time in this meeting, mi amigo. You have the power to say no. You have the power to scissor kick your way through a meeting…
Scissor kick? What the fuck are you talking about Jeremiah? Well, let me tell you.
A lot of motivational gurus out there will tell you to get better at saying No, get better at focusing your time, your energy, your efforts, etc. But this robs you of one crucial ability… saying NO robs of you of your ability to dominate everything everywhere at all times. It robs you of your ability to get out in the front lines and maximize every single opportunity.
So instead of saying No and shutting yourself out of the conversation, what I’m suggesting is you say YES. You say YES to every single phone call, meeting request, brainstorm sessions, lunch, tweet, email, etc. But with one crucial tweak — when you say YES, you need to make a total commitment to be present, attend the event and dominate it. Don’t show up and sit there doodling on your fucking calendar.
YOU show up.
YOU set the agenda.
YOU tell people what to do.
Take the meeting. Dominate it was quickly as possible. Don’t waste time. It should take about ten minutes to read the room, figure out what needs said and done, and then people what they need to do.
So go out there, say yes, and get shit done.