At 16, I had the greatest job in the world—working at the Kendall Park Skate Center. I rotated between the DJ booth where I led a spirited hokey pokey to the skate floor where I wore a checkered black-and-white shirt and advised small children to slow down…for their safety. Each shift ended with the dreaded task of taking out the garbage and cleaning bathrooms. One day, our team decided we had a choice. Continue to endure this final task of each shift with a negative attitude because it was our least favorite part of the job or pump up the jams in the now empty skate center and take out the trash with roller skates still on. We even devised a strategy to prop the door to the dumpster area, thereby allowing one to fly across the skate floor with a bag of trash in hand, allowing momentum and gravity to propel the bag of trash out the door, into the air, landing squarely in the dumpster (most of the time).
At its core, bringing it every day is about attitude. It’s about approaching each task with energy, focus and positivity.
A great golfer once observed that golf is a game of luck. “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Bringing it every day also means showing up prepared and ready to work hard because doing so produces the best outcome. Sometimes, we win by outperforming a counterparty. Other times, we win by outworking them. In every case, it takes skill, effort and attitude.
As counsel to RockStep, we have a myriad of challenges to overcome on the deal we are working on together. Sometimes a brilliant legal argument wins the day. Other times, we tell the story of RockStep, its team, its mission and its vision to win the hearts and minds of decision-makers to earn their support, even when they do not have to grant it.
When we bring it every day, we show up ready to work, prepared for the tasks ahead of us, and ready to leave it all on the table. In doing so, we finish each day with no regrets.