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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.”

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.

Why I Want You To Play In The Traffic

It’s the worst advice for children. But powerful counsel if you want to make your career a huge success, today and tomorrow. Do this and thrive. It’s as simple as that.

I caught up with Paul K this week, a hugely talented, inspiring and successful entrepreneur who specialises in leadership work. I’d seen him eight months ago, just after I quit my big job. We’d chatted about my plans. Now I updated him on progress – on all the ‘shoe leather’ I’d been burning to connect and lift profile- and how my Advisory practice was booming.

“It’s no surprise,” Paul commented. “You’re doing something well that so many forget to do at their peril in their careers. You are……”

Are You Fit Enough For Your Career Marathon?

I gave a speech to 1,000 marketers recently, to a standing ovation. Surprising really, given I’d just told them they faced career extinction. Then I asked them this.

If you retire when you are 65 years old, how many years have you got to go?

Less than 10, between 10 and 20, 20 and 30? More than 30? For most, the answer is startling. They have a long road ahead of them. Given the massive pace of change, that future is uncertain. Here’s the brutal reality:

The Secret To Igniting Your Career

“How did you you know you wanted to become a pilot?” I asked Pilot Sam. His response had a twist. It’s a message critical for happy, thriving, long-lasting careers. There’s magic in this. Read on.

We were dining beside the Bosphorus in Istanbul, sipping raki after a stupendous meal. My guest was Pilot Sam, a senior Turkish Airlines captain with 11,000 flying hours.

I expected a story about his seeing a plane in the sky above as a kid, and his knowing instantly his passion was for flight. How nothing makes him feel as free or inspired as controlling an aircraft through the skies. How sunrises from 30,000 feet make you feel like you can touch the face of God. Okay- I am going on a bit- but you get the idea.

Instead, Pilot Sam told me this story. It has a big message: in fact, this secret to success and career happiness:

Having clarity on your true Purpose is the key to loving what you do: and doing what you love.

Learn This Secret To Fast-Tracking Success

I encourage you, please, to make mistakes. Here’s the twist. I only want you to make a very specific style of mistake- the sort smart people make. Here’s the magic. Read on.
Good Man Mark was inspiringly positive after a major career setback. I was sharing my experiences of shaping a new career direction. He was most hungry for insights on what not to do. “When I trained as a pilot, my instructor made this one rule: ‘You will not have a prang unless it is an original one.’”

I loved that! It reminded me of the advice I got recently from a Sydney business leader: