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It’s the thought that counts.

For the month of April, I wrote blogs, article, books, recorded podcasts, coached people, all in the search of the elusive ‘big hit.’ The ‘big hit’ is the theme of my next podcast. I’m searching for a ‘big hit’ because I have learned over the past four decades the immutable law of winning – you need ‘big hits’ to win.

In my search for the big hit, the Law of Unintended Consequences came into play in early April. I read a Linkedin article about the signs of a ‘clueless boss.’ I posted the following comment:

“The influence of a boss is overrated. Either you are driven to bring out your best or you’re not. Part of being a responsible adult is striving to do your best without external motivation from another adult who has a title and higher income. Thank you for the air time. Peace.”

That one paragraph was my biggest hit of the first week of April. It was a bigger hit than anything I wrote in 2015. I got more likes and more comments for that one-paragraph post than for any article, blog, book, or podcast.

The next week I read an article claiming to know the secret to making a better boss. I copied and pasted the same post:

“The influence of a boss is overrated. Either you are driven to bring out your best or you’re not. Part of being a responsible adult is striving to do your best without external motivation from another adult who has a title and higher income. Thank you for the air time. Peace.”

Another big hit. I even got a personality assessment from a complete stranger: “Gino. I can tell from your post that you have a Type A Personality. I’m glad for you. But some of us need the influence of bosses. Thanks for sharing.” I wrote back that I have a Type AAAAA personality.

Before 2004, you had to go through expensive time-consuming personality tests to find yourself. But social media changed that. Now you can get a quick personality test just by posting a comment on Linkedin to any of the endless articles written by disgruntled employees about their favourite subject – bad bosses. One paragraph is all it takes on social media and you get a free personality test. Efficiency, deficiency, and transparency at the click of a button on your keyboard.

The third time I posted the same comment was after I read another Linkedin article about toxic workplaces caused by bad bosses. My comment was a big hit again but with more controversy. One reader wrote a how-dare-you response because the acknowledging the influence of bosses shows “professional maturity.” There was no other explanation in that comment. The connection between acknowledging the influence of a boss and professional maturity wasn’t clear. The connection remains a mystery. Regardless, my post was a big hit.

Three-for-three in April. Cutting and pasting the same comment generated personal bests for profile views and connection requests for any month so far in 2015. What I learned is that to register the big hit, it’s the thought that counts. Dual meaning. It’s not the size of the message but the thought behind it. And it’s not the amount of likes that count but the amount of thoughts you generate. Big hits are all in the mind. Dual meaning. They’re in your mind waiting to be unleashed. Once they’re released, you will be on someone’s mind. Big hits are the key to winning in business, careers, contact sports, music, writing, and especially in your personal life. The difference between winning and losing is how many big hits you make and take. It’s not the size of the message, it’s the weight it carries.

#Peace.

Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., Level 3 NCCP (Nat’l Coaching Certification Program)
Head coach – Niagara X-Men Football
Owner – X Fitness Inc.
Blogs – www.GinoArcaro.com and www.SWATFootball.ca

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