Saturday, April 10, 2010

the power of now….

I spent the last few days working with a factory owner named Jorge in Mexico City, Mexico.  Jorge is a mid 40’s, contemporary man, shaved head, stylish and smart.

If you know me, you know I like things done quickly.  I want to check something off my list so I can get to the next thing.  The list never seems to get shorter, but my accomplishments do get longer.

Anticipating my requests, Jorge spent this entire trip promising “today”.  Anything I asked for, he said “today”.  He even said he was going to get a shirt that says “today”. 

This is an unusual attitude to see in Mexico, but maybe that’s why Jorge is the owner, and not working for an owner.  He understands that completing something efficiently is better than revisiting the same thing over and over.

And, he’s done very well for himself; thank you!

We got a lot of things done this trip.  We spent a lot of time thinking about how we could do things better.  We put our minds together, one speaking Spanish and the other English.  We came up with good ideas.  And the more we finished, the more we wanted to do.

So, the next time you hear the alarm ring, get up.  The next time you let the list slow you down, start.  And the next time you start something, finish. 

The way this clears your mind and sharpens your focus is incredible.  It just makes you want to do one more thing…today.


  1. Great post.
    I am sometimes afraid to start things but I appreciate your meaning.

  2. Great advice Tom particularly when you are my age doing something right the first time and having it done is an effective way to save your energy and .... sanity.

    Question: Do you think Jorge might be Angelo's long lost twin brother? Contemporary man, shaved head, stylish and smart! Sure sounds like him. -Brenda-

    P.S: Don't tell him I said that, as we still want his head 'n hat to be able to still fit thru doorways....smiles.

  3. Hi Brenda,

    I'm hanging out with Angelo this week. So far, the head fits through the door...but barely!

    As for the brother thing, I'll ask if they ever lived in Mexico.