Water that is condensed from the aqueous vapor in the atmosphere and falls to earth in drops of more than 1/50 inch in diameter; a heavy and continuous descent or inflicting of anything.
Learn something new every day, right? I had no idea that for precipitation to be considered rain it has to be more than 1/50 inch in diameter. Good to know. But that's not really why I'm writing this post today.
Over the last few days, two communications came to me that don't seem related, but are. One is about a kid in a marching band and another is about perfection in business. Let me explain.
I get emails from Simple Truths, a publishing company founded by Mac Anderson. His latest message was about Patrick Henry Hughes, a handicapped boy whose father attends college classes with him and pushes him in his wheelchair for marching band. You may have seen his picture. Mac was inspired by Patrick's amazing musical talent despite the fact he was born without eyes or the ability to walk. Patrick's philosophy is to appreciate the talents given to him, not to dwell on what he doesn't have. Mac wrote a book on this subject based on a quote he liked: "life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning how to dance in the rain." Focus on the positive.
I also get emails from marketing guru Seth Godin. A recent blog post was about the constant quest for perfection that's so prevalent in business today. Too often, managers are asking about what's down, what's not working, where it's broken and where we're losing. I call this deficit-based management and it can be really dangerous. Oh, we find the problems, sure. And we fix some of them, too. But that's all we focus on. And guess what? As a result, we don't pay enough attention to what's up, what's working, where we're winning. It's also rather depressing to be a part of these organizations. This is a constant dilemma, I know. We can't ignore the nagging issues. But then again, we can't afford to ignore our strengths. We've got to focus on the positive.
Whether it's our day-to-day life or business, we need to accept situations, work with what we have, leverage our strengths and enjoy the journey while we're at it. It's interesting that the most successful sales people in a firm are often referred to as "rainmakers." I'm sure this comes from historic tribal traditions of people literally dancing in the rain, or at least dancing for it. If rain means nourishment and growth, maybe a little rain isn't so bad after all. Look on the bright side!