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You Will Have A Problem With This Position

Things never all go right for me. Something is always going wrong, somewhere. You too? I now have the insight on how to react to constant setbacks. Here it is.

The funds manager sat opposite me, drinking his morning coffee. “How’s the fund going?” I asked this now entrepreneur, who had started his own investment fund, managing other people’s (and his own) money. “Pretty good,” he replied, “except……” This insight gave me the clarity on how to approach setbacks and problems. This is what he told me.

Why A Good Waxing Saves Careers

There’s a real message in hot wax to help smooth successful and happy careers. It all starts with self-examination. Take a look, and thrive. Here’s how.
In Greek mythology, Daedalus advised his son Icarus to be bold enough to fly but not to fly so high that the sun’s heat would melt the wax of the wings he had fashioned for him.
Thrilled by his initial aerobatic successes, Icarus ignored his father’s advice and paid the ultimate price – a sobering demonstration of unjustified self confidence and the abuse of power.
He blew his moment in the sun, and fell victim to this wonderful adage:
“…. Today a peacock, tomorrow a feather duster.”

A Cool Cat’s Diet For A Better Future

I don’t like cats. They make me sneeze. But this cat took me by the hand and led me to optimism and hope. No kidding. Here’s what happened.

Well, it was not The Cat In The Hat himself. But his author, Dr Seuss. I was feeling very flat. A series of setbacks. Nothing major. Just turbulence eroding confidence and hope. I took time out. Went into a bookshop. There I picked up a Dr Seuss book of quotes to help young adults handle the speed bumps of life. Two very simple quotes got me (a somewhat older adult) back on track. Here they are:

How To Win By Not Being The Best

Is this madness? “If you want to succeed, do NOT try to be the best at what you do.” No. It’s absolute magic. Here’s why.

Okay. It sure sounded like madness when I heard it. Then, in the next sentence, came the gem that can change careers and businesses- for the better.
This will make you think. It will challenge you. And if you can work out how to use it, will turbo-charged you to greater, faster success.

Here’s the story. The global advertising industry leader was live on satellite link from Europe, sharing with the 200 industry leaders in the room his counsel on how to thrive in fast changing times. His key message: Do not try to be the best at what you do. Instead:

Let’s Save A Life Tomorrow

Want to join me in saving a life tomorrow? No kidding. You can make that kind of impact- in just 24 hours time- by doing this one thing. If you do not read on, someone might die. Read on. Please.

I wrote a post once about knowing when to ‘turn up.’ Read it again or read it for the first time. And then join me please in turning up tomorrow, on Thursday 8 September. It’s a day that was inspired by a former colleague, Gavin Larkin, who sadly passed away about five years ago after a long illness. It’s a day he designed, and is built around saving lives by asking one very simple question. Here it is.