How do elite performers, athletes, musicians, executives, leaders train and operate? The quote, “Hungry Dogs Run Faster” is adapted in order to align more accurately with what the research shows us about those who experience wildly successful results. How do Hungry Dogs actually Run?
0:49 – Hungry Dogs Run faster… Jason shares thoughts on how this quote goes along with a traditional line of thinking. Examples like Michael Jordan’s work ethic, the number of shots he would take, how he would work out even on game days. Lebron James is said to invest $1 million each year into his body to maintain it. Bill Gates, Taylor Swift, the hustle of entrepreneurs, and those at the top of their craft. Hungry dogs run faster. Jason likes this quote but doesn’t think it is entirely accurate.
3:21 – Jason knows that in his own life to be successful at work, as a husband, a father, everything that it takes to be good at something requires hustle and going for it, no question. If you want to be elite, the greatest salesman, community leader, at whatever you do, then there will be signs along the way of your hustle. Where Jason challenges or wants to adapt the quote is that is isn’t just about running faster.
5:07 – It isn’t just about going faster, doing more, faster, go. This thinking just feeds the myth that the faster I run the further I get. Every example of people that become elite at their craft there are those who spin their wheels trying faster and faster yet hardly go anywhere. It might not be the fact that you aren’t working harder, it’s that they aren’t really going anywhere; it is like running on a treadmill.
6:50 – Let’s adapt the phrase to say, “Hungry dogs run with more purpose.” Hungry dogs run with more purpose, more drive, a mission. Purpose outperforms aimless activity every single time.
8:00 – The term “elite” is thrown around a lot today. Who doesn’t want to be elite at something? The truth is, many of us may say that we want to be elite at something but we aren’t truly committed to run with purpose, with grit, that it truly requires to be elite.
9:25 – The reality is that not everybody will be focused on the purpose, the goal, the purpose of what they need to make. Not everyone can be elite. We can all bring more purpose on what does it mean to be a father, a husband, a wife, a friend?
10:45 – What kind of impact are you looking to make on the daily grind that you put yourself into. Every person on the planet can run purposefully, thoughtfully, intentionally.
14:45 – Questions to ponder, step back and ask:
- What purpose motivates you?
- Are you and your team running with purpose or just running faster?
- What intentional actions would help you run with more purpose?
Remember, hungry does don’t just run faster, they run with purpose. So what are you hungry for?
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ABOUT THE THERMOSTAT
Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.
A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.