As a kid Erik was very much into Cub Scouts and then Boy Scouts. At about 13 or 14 his dad asked if he would continue on to get his Eagle Scout – the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Erik said, “no problem”, and his dad said, “great you can get your driver’s license after you get your Eagle Scout”.
He thought…no problem.
As time went on and Erik got older, Boy Scouts was not quite as cool as before. His friends had dropped out, he was one of the oldest kids in the troop, and he buddies were now interested in cars and girls.
By the time he turned 16, he still didn’t have his Eagle Scout and his dad reminded him of he deal they made a couple of years earlier. No Eagle Scout…no driver’s license!
So Erik scrambled and started his Eagle Scout project at a nearby park. He and a crew of volunteers worked for a weekend and started a project, but he dropped the ball and didn’t go back to finish it until about a month later. So much time had passed that the park ranger finished the project because Erik dropped the ball.
Oh no…if he didn’t finish the project he couldn’t get his Eagle Scout badge or his license!
So Erik asked if there was any other work he could do. The park ranger gave him a second chance at another project. Erik and his crew accepted the challenge, finished the project, and then Erik got his Eagle Scout and his driver’s license.
Erik learned a ton from the experience.
1. You have to hold other accountable for what they say they are going to do. Erik’s dad held him accountable, as did the park ranger.
2. You have to hold yourself accountable. If you say you’re going to do something, you have to follow through.
3. If you fail to follow through then make sure to follow up and make it right.
Erik J. Olson is an award-winning digital marketer & entrepreneur. The Founder & CEO of Array Digital, he is also the host of the Journey to $100 Million Flash Briefing and daily podcast, and the organizer of the Marketers Anonymous monthly meetups.
Kevin Daisey is an award-winning digital marketer & entrepreneur. He started his first company when he was just 23, and is the Founder & CMO of Array Digital. Kevin is the also the co-host of the Journey to $100 Million Flash Briefing and daily podcast, and the co-organizer of the Marketers Anonymous monthly meetups.