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Shure SM58 in Santa Cruz Mountains

I recently took the Gallup Strengthsfinder 2.0 test and one of my strengths was Responsibility. I show up when I say I am going to and I push myself in every way. I have several routines like walking everyday and writing and making a daily photo on Instagram, etc. These all fall under my Responsibility strength in that if I do not achieve what I say I will, it is unacceptable to me. I cannot help it, but it is very important for me to keep moving forward and keep pushing myself to be better and Responsibility is the strength that never allows me to slack on my goals or commitments. This is even more so with my job or with freelance gigs. I take responsibility to a new level in that I will finish the job no matter what and not only finish, but probably give it more than I thought was possible. I actually think my responsibility can border being a weakness because I can be really be tough on myself to get things done. There is no exceptions for me when I commit to something. Clients and bosses love this mentality, but everyone needs a little break from time to time.

Traveling is something that energizes me and always puts me in a good mood. I love seeing new things and learning about other places, but I still keep my commitments and that can be a challenge. Creating a daily photo on Instagram with spotty wifi and no access to my regular setup is difficult. I now have a daily writing goal here, on Medium and it still takes effort and work and that is not always easy to do while on vacation. Gotta do what you gotta do.

Responsibility to me is going on vacation and not making excuses for getting things done. It is easy to say, oh, you’re on vacation, who cares. I care. I care about creating an online business and I can do what it takes to keep my goals in check no matter how challenging it may be. If that means taking a photo of the Shure SM58 microphone 5 days in a row so be it, or writing random articles on Medium, then I can make the compromises.

The most important part of moving forward is showing up. Even on vacation.

My name is Mike Murphy, I’m a one man band and podcaster.
Learn. Create. Move Forward.

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