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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.

The Most Dangerous Cliché in Business And In Life

It’s ‘the slogan of the complacent, the arrogant or the scared’. It is without doubt the most dangerous cliché in business. I fall victim to its seductive smile more often than I’ll admit. Are you a victim too? If so, get ready for failure. Read on.

Tim came to see me looking for opportunity. “The most ridiculous belief in business is to think that ‘if you build it, they will come.’ It’s absolute crap.” That made me sit up. I had not thought of that. I liked what he said. It made me think about other expressions and sayings that we use glibly that in fact are absolutely wrong.

Moments ago, looking through my Possums ‘ideas’ file here at my kitchen table (flying to Brisbane at 7am and can’t sleep) I have stumbled upon what iconic football coach Ange Postecoglou told our leadership meeting 15 months ago. He’d coached the Brisbane Roar to a world record run of games undefeated. Yet he told us this startling truth, and ‘outed’ the most dangerously wrong cliché of all time:

How To Achieve Your Goals – But Don’t Tell Anyone This Secret

I have let myself down badly- again. I look in the mirror and shake my head in dismay. How could you do this Chris? And then I read the answer… in the autobiography of a British Hollywood actor of old. It’s a wake up call, for me, and for you – perhaps. Here it is.

David Niven is long dead. His autobiography, “The Moon Is A Balloon,” was a gem to read en route to Los Angeles and with Hollywood to be explored. He tells about time spent with Winston Churchill during the gloomy early days of the Second World War. Churchill kept reassuring Niven about “…when the Americans join us…” Suddenly, Pearl Harbor happened, and the Americans joined the Allies in the war effort. “How did you know this would happen?” an incredulous Niven asked the great man. “Because, my boy, I am a great student of history.” Point is, Churchill knew reluctant bystanders usually get drawn in to the conflict. History predicted it.

And in that statement I suddenly realized why I keep failing, time and again, on some simple personal goals. Here’s why.