Cory Recommends: “You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)” by Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson knows what he wants.

People told me I was A Dad many years before I ever became a father. That I look and sound a bit like Red Green probably doesn’t hurt. In that mode, I bring you a song recommendation with a little fatherly advice.

Many people out there make their living telling others how to run their lives. I’m not interested in that. I’d rather share the tools I have and if they work for you, take them. If not, no harm no foul I hope. I find that the titular line of this song has been a helpful tool for me over the years.

It’s deceptively simple. OF COURSE, you say (rhetorically since I can’t hear you) a person has to know what you want in order to get it! Yet in my experience a surprisingly high percentage of people haven’t sat down and had an honest conversation with themselves about what they really want. Worse yet, a woeful number of people I’ve met have actively considered if what they think they want is a product of their own desires and hopes or are a fool’s errand sold to them by a system that chews them up for profit.

I sing this song to my coworkers on a regular basis when they come to my desk and ask me vague process questions. It’s a disarming way to start a cooperative conversation about the scope of their ideas and projects and what tools are at their disposal. We’re all in this together.

So do yourself a favor and take a few moments for some self-reflection. You’ll be glad in the long run that you did.

Plus, that tight horn section and bass guitar part are knock outs.

(Song recommendation by Cory Funk)