Rewarding Half Done Jobs

I saw this bumper sticker the other day and I could not help but laugh.  What is the point?  We all see the 26.2 stickers marking the accomplishment of running a marathon.  Does half a marathon really deserve similar branding to elicit some kind of respect or praise?  That’s like having a sticker that says, “My daughter is a C student at Mediocre Elementary.”

Now don’t get me wrong.  I just finished the Austin Half Marathon.  It was a great time.  It’s a small accomplishment from anything I have done in running, including running the Boston Marathon over ten years ago.  Neither one has me flashing a bumper sticker.  They fall short.

13.1 Half Marathon Bumper Sticker
Half A Marathon?

In my own pursuits, I want to always be mindful of progress and success, effort and results.  Looking for recognition too early is cheap praise which undermines true winning.  Don’t sell yourself short.  Think 26.2.

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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