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WHAT CAN THE PRINCESS OF HOLIDAY PARKING TEACH US ABOUT NOT SETTLING?

Updated: Aug 30


It’s holiday crunch time. Malls, stores, restaurants and venues are all PACKED. And I never get a decent freakin’ parking space. Why? Because I settle. I naturally assume there won’t be a space up front, so I don’t even try. I just go to the back, park far far way and then take my own version of the long holiday walk of shame.


My wife, on the other hand, never settles. I’ve nicknamed her “princess parking” because she always gets a space up front. Is she just lucky? Maybe a little. But mostly, she never, ever settles. Each and every time, she drives right up front with swagger. Often times there’s actually a space. Other times opportunity opens up when someone else is leaving. And at worst, it doesn’t work out right up front (but she still gets pretty close).


The punchline: what if you didn’t settle? What if you had the nerve to simply show up and relentlessly go after the job or promotion you want? What if you didn’t settle on working on minutiae and deliberately focused on important work? What if you simply showed up and focused your time on the stuff that changes things and makes them better?


Princess parking never settles and neither should you. Instead, pick your spot and go after it.



Eric Greene is a success/executive coach + team facilitator at the Greenehouse (www.GHouseCoaching.com). Work smarter. Lead better. Stress less. Have more fun doing it. And kick way more ass along the way.

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