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The good old days…

by Randall Craig on September 12, 2006

Filed in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Motivational

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Have you ever spent time with some colleagues talking about the good old days? Perhaps wishing that a former boss or colleague was still part of the team? Or maybe wishing that the old commission plan was still in place? Many people do this from time to time, but it is a terrible waste of effort, for one simple reason: It keeps your focus squarely in the rear-view mirror, and keeps your eye off the issues of today.

In fact, consider that during the “good old days”, there were likely people doing exactly what you are doing today: thinking that the current times are terrible, and the “old old” days were filled with glory.

Why do we sometimes look backwards? We are all proud of our accomplishments, and it is only natural – especially when faced with today’s difficult challenges.

The next time you think about the good old days, remember that you are living in them exactly now: you’ll only recognize it sometime in the future. The key is to make sure that you are successful at what you are doing today – so when you look back, these indeed will be the good old days.

This Week’s Action Item: Consider the challenges you are currently facing; which one of them will make you most proud, sometime in the future? This week, focus on moving it forward.

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Randall Craig

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Randall has been advising on Web and Social Strategy since 1994 when he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail's GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations. He is the author of seven books, including the recently released "Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business", and speaks across North America on Social Media and Web Strategy. More at and

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