Today’s focus,Personal Learning: I often recommend seeking out learning in all of life. This weekend fishing for Maryland Rock Fish (or striped bass) on the Chesapeake, I did just that.
We left the dock and searched for fish all morning. The bass were not where they typically are at this time of year. For hours we drove the boat all over the bay searching. We networked with other Captains who asked and commented: “Where are the fish? We don’t know. Things are off this year due to the cold winter.”
We fueled up at a fuel dock where an old timer suggested we try a far off non-typical island. We finally located fish near the island in unusually shallow water. We had fish on 5 lines all at once! Within an hour we had the maximum fish allowed by State law. Our day was a success made up by 6 hours of searching, networking and listening and 1 hour of actual fishing.
Here are the takeaways from this learning:
At the end of the day the common story at the dock was “we caught one or two-fish.” We chose to create a different story. Through networking with colleagues, asking for advice, searching and maneuvering the territory and persevering, we worked harder at learning what needed to be done to create success than actual angling. We wouldn’t allow our story to be “average.” We caught 10 fish.
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.” Abraham Lincoln