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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:

A Powerful Career Tip That Will Grow On You

I’ve just made a major career blunder. Luckily, I caught myself just in time. Please- don’t make the same mistake! Here it is.

You can take the learning from this without going through the lesson yourself. I quit my big corporate job 18 months ago. I had a clear plan on what I wanted to build next. I hit the pavements with a bang! I was everywhere. The work literally poured in. Yet I was failing. I really was. I was neglecting to do this powerful recipe for success, and that is to… :

How Art Helps You Achieve Goals

“My goal is to make $20 million profit in three years time,” the business owner told me. My heart sank. Then I gave him this piece of critical advice. Do this, and any business or career goal can be achieved.

I went to the doctor last week. “Chris,” she said. “You have to lose 25 kilos.” Crikey! Outrageous. Do you know what I did immediately? I changed doctors. But no, dammit, the second doctor said the same thing. Now- I can’t lose 25 kilos! It’s a massive goal. I just visited Europe for three weeks and my suitcase weighed 25 kilos. I could not pick it up. 25 kilos! No way!

But here’s the magic. I can lose 5 kilos, right. And within say 12 weeks. And that’s the key. To achieve goals, in life, business and careers, please- adopt with energy this powerful technique:

The Key To Becoming A Great Leader

Fear, doubt, uncertainty, self-criticism. That’s how it feels. Leadership can suck. That’s why I am putting my hand up for this. And you can too.