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The Same Thing

June 2, 2020

by Robert Stevenson

Experience has taught me that we should always be striving to improve, move forward, stretch our limitations, try something new or different and doing the “SAME” thing is a deterrent to all of those. As Dr. Seuss said, “Why fit in, when you were born to stand out?”

Experience has also taught me…

The SAME thinking that got me into a problem will not get me out of it. Doing the SAME thing the SAME way and expecting a different outcome is just plain stupid. In both sentences the word SAME is the problem. The next time you have a situation that needs fixing, changing, or adjusting, remember doing the SAME thing will be of NO help. Here is how I suggest you approach SAME:

S - Stop what you are doing
A - Abandon current methods
M - Move on to something different
E - End the pain, suffering, losses

So, instead of doing the SAME old thing, try something new, different, novel, or innovative.

A couple of my favorite quotes about doing something different are:

  • “Nothing changes if nothing changes.”
  • “When your past calls, don’t answer. It has nothing new to say.”

But my favorite of all is: “If you want something you have never had, you will have to do something you’ve never done.” This is where the rubber meets the road, when you get serious enough and have the courage to go for it. All progress comes because someone had the resolution to be different, do different, see different and try different. People who want to make a difference in their own life and career, start by doing something different. I’ll leave you with this final thought:

If you are in a Comfort Zone, afraid to venture out,
remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.

Don’t be the same – BE BETTER!



"Your only true security in life
is your ability to perform."

About the Author

Robert Stevenson is an expert at building a high-performance business culture, improving efficiency, and accelerating growth. He is one of the most widely sought-after speakers in the world today, as well as a best-selling author. He has owned five companies, sold internationally in over 20 countries. Robert has spoken to over 2,500 companies throughout the world and his research in the area of corporate and entrepreneurial success is extensive. Over 2 million people have benefitted from his powerful, practical, and thought-provoking programs. He is a true master at blending facts, inspiration, conviction, and humor into all his programs.

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