They lost the opportunity because they were 18 minutes late…
I’m going to sound like a grumpy old man here…
(Or you can also watch me be a grumpy old man in today’s video.)
But I had a call scheduled yesterday, with someone who wanted to do some work with me.
I didn’t think they were a fit.
But, I gave them the benefit of the doubt.
And let them book a time on my calendar (free), during which I hoped to at least provide them with some value.
Then I logged on, a couple of minutes early.
A few minutes went by, and they were already a couple minutes late.
I value my time very highly…
I have a to-do list longer than my day.
So I did manage to get some tasky work done while I waited.
But the longer it took, the more frustrated I became.
Because I didn’t want to be sitting there waiting for someone to show up on video chat…
While I’m working away.
That kind of fracturing of attention isn’t conducive to quality work.
So as soon as 15 minutes passed, I left the call. I figured I’d reclaim the rest of the 45 minutes I had scheduled.
Three minutes later, I get an email from Zoom.
Turns out they’d logged on 18 minutes late.
I didn’t care — I was on to other things…
If you’re not going to value your own time enough to show up on time…
And by extension you’re not going to value my time…
I don’t want to be on the line with you.
You don’t get my time.
Nearly everyone I know who is highly successful has figured out how to consistently show up on time for meetings they have scheduled.
Doubly so if they’re asking for something from someone.
I have ADHD and I’ve figured out how to do it consistently.
You just have to do what it takes to show up on time.
Because without that, every great opportunity will slip right through your fingers.
And if you can’t make it on time?
I have a simple suggestion for that, too.
Yours for bigger breakthroughs,