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Whiskey’s Wise Advice For Career Success in 2017

Want to make positive, big progress towards your career and life goals this year? Yes? Then do this. And right now!

How was your 2016? Some triumphs? Tough out there? Now’s a good time to reflect on how to move forward in your career. Here’s a tip. I was in Melbourne, overwhelmed with a sense of foreboding and impending doom. Minor setbacks had knocked the wind out of my confidence and mojo. I was in a funk. Lost in a tsunami of fear, pessimism, defeatism, catastrophising.

Then I saw a Johnnie Walker billboard. It gave me the answer to getting back in control and tackling 2017 with hope and optimism. This is what it said:

The Best Advice You Will Get All Year

The new year is winking optimism, opportunity, freshness and renewal at us all. And to help make 2017 a great year, I am again sharing brilliant advice. Promise. Here it is.

I repeat this same post every Christmas. It’s that important. And somehow, I always seem to do a pretty poor job at following its key message.

I know if I can do this, it will make this year a triumph of mindfulness and happiness. It can for you too. If you’re up for it. Here’s that gem

Recruiters only: Savage & Savage Speaking Tour 2017

Recruiters!!!! I am excited to invite you to my new Recruiter Masterclass series – partnering with brother Greg – aimed squarely at desk recruiters who want to skill up, rapidly grow fees, and thrive in changing times:
S.P.R.I.N.T
The Six Pillars of the Future-Fit Recruiter

Possums Special Edition: Comment On The Big News From America

This Trumps Every Other Motivational Idea

Were you as shattered this week as I was with the worst news we could possibly have received from the USA? Fear not! Here’s a message of hope that trumps everything else.

What terrible news! So sad. Inevitable, yet it has left me with shoulders slumped, optimism a little squashed, and a touch of fear and extra loneliness in my heart. No. Nothing to do with Donald Trump. Everything to do with the passing at age 82 of my mentor and guide, Canadian musician and poet Leonard Cohen.

Cohen made me feel it was okay to feel the way I feel. Does that make sense to you? It does to me. You see, Leonard Cohen was one of those rare people in my life. They deliver powerful juice that fuels optimism and hope. Here it is.

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: