The business tip I learned from Tom Cruise

"I'm working on it" 

 Photo courtesy of IMDb

Photo courtesy of IMDb

It was that line in the new Mission Impossible Fallout movie that shifted my mindset around the goals that I was setting for 2019. 

Team, I know what you might be asking yourself "How can I movie do that?"

Allow me to explain.

I've been an avid movie fan since I was a child, going to the movies is a tradition in our family especially on the holidays. We would all bundle up in the car, hit the closest Starbucks and then head to the theatre to wait in a line wrapped around the building but it was one of the best memories from my childhood.

Going to the movies is one of the ways I unwind, so much so that I even add into my calendar when new releases are coming out (I'm not ashamed to admit that).

So when the new Mission Impossible movie, with the hero of all action films Tom Cruise, came out you better believe I was the first in line. But, this time the movie was different (in a good way, don't worry I won't spoil it for you). In all of the previous films Cruises' character had a plan for everything. A disaster would come up and on the drop of a dime he knew what to do.

In this film, he didn't have all the answers and even better he let everyone know it.

"I'm working on it"

That was it. That was the line that changed everything for me. Why? 

Because it is okay to not have all the answers.

As I grow my business I've learned that perfectionism has no place in business. It is the arch nemesis against the success your business can obtain and perfection is best friends with the dark ego that can quickly overcome us if we aren't aware. 

As I watched our hero save the day yet again (nope, I'm not giving away the ending trust me there are tons you have to watch) I couldn't help but compare it to the day to day lives we live as leaders. 

  • Being a leader seems like an impossible mission
  • Others around you will doubt you and tell you it isn't going to work 
  • You have to paint the vision for your team and encourage them along the way 
  • You must believe when there isn't any evidence that you'll be successful

And there are days that you'll just have to say "I'm working on it" and to be okay with not having the answer at that time as well as not viewing this as weakness, it actually is the prime example of strength in a leader. 

So what are you working on? A better question is what do you need to give yourself permission to say "I don't know but I'll figure it out".

Take it from a recovering perfectionist figuring it out is still a okay path to choose. 

Cheering you on,