Hello Outperformers,

Our Outperforming movement is about paying tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

I’m so unoriginal. That is the wikipedia definition of Labor Day 🙂

I’ve always believed that to be the best for your community, company, or country, it starts with showing up as the best version of yourself. It is built on a personal standard of excellence and individual responsibility.

Yesterday I posted this on my LinkedIn profile:

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift

“Business, athletics, and life (to a certain extent) are, and always will be, driven by outcomes but this is where Outperforming results start…by giving your best. And no boss, manager, coach, peer or person will ever be able to tell whether you’ve really, truly, given your best to something except YOU.”

I remember growing up and my Mom telling me before sporting events to “just try my best.” That advice NEVER made sense to me at the time ( Why would it? I had it all figured out as a teenager!). I thought if I didn’t win (result) or beat my competition (result) or finish ahead of someone (result) or better my numbers (result), then nothing else mattered.

It makes sense now. If you can look in the mirror and fall asleep at night knowing you’ve given your best (worked hard + smart), the results usually take care of themselves. Bad ones still sting—but a little less—and good ones hold more value.

As you start your Labor Day weekend, I want to commend you for Outperforming and giving your best to everything you do. I seriously doubt you would be reading this blog if you didn’t have that internal psychology and drive. THAT, I believe, is how we contribute to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our great country.

I would also be remiss if I didn’t touch on what has transpired with Hurricane Harvey and Texas…

It’s a shame that, sometimes, it takes a natural disaster for us to appreciate the best in humanity. I don’t know about you, but it puts things in perspective for me. We want to believe we can control outcomes in our lives but, mostly, all we can control is giving our best and how we treat and help others. The rest is left up to Mother Nature and God…

Wishing you a FANTASTIC holiday weekend,

– Scott

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