I love that little guy in the picture above with his goggles on. A dog who has a job to do is a happy dog. The article says that the best dogs for the job it outlines are the misfits, the ones who have too much energy, utterly obsessed with play beyond the human capacity to keep up. And here is the perfect job for them!

I am currently helping an organization that has suffered through an upset among its members, with many of them objecting vehemently to an announced new direction. It’s been my job to convene those who represent the discontented together with leadership and mediate the conversation. One thing has become apparent to me: those who care enough to attack the new direction are creative and insightful people who just have not learned to play well with others. Their reflections and suggestions are all very good and demonstrate the deep commitment they have to the organization’s mission and growth. Like the dogs mentioned above, we need to find a job that suits their temperament because they not only have a lot to offer, they have things to offer that no one else has!

Is there someone you are feeling challenged by that could channel their energy into something that would be helpful to you? How can you position them to drive positive change, make a good difference? Or perhaps there is a part of yourself that you get annoyed with because it perpetually sees the downside of circumstances… maybe there is a way to channel your own energy into productive criticism or thoughtful action so you can improve your performance rather than just get upset.


“Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality.”
– Travis Bradberry