Run with the Big Dogs

As I sit here having my morning cup of coffee, my mind slips back into the past.

I remember when I showed up for my first day as a manufacturing engineer at the General Electric plant in Philadelphia. There was this crusty old guy named Bubba. He took me under his wing. He had taken a liking to me because I was ex-military and so was he.

He had a multitude of colourful sayings like, “Don’t be running around here like a blue-assed fly!” But the one that has stuck with me the most is when he said:

“If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.”

It was his way of telling me that if I wanted to be successful at G.E. I couldn’t sit back and watch, that I had to put myself out there and not just follow the pack, but lead it.

How about you, are you staying on the porch or are ready to get out there and start running with the big dogs?

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