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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 Guiding Hand To Happiness We Ignore

Here’s a brutal truth. We all have a constant and powerful guide to tell us exactly what we need to do to build happiness and success. Yet we ignore it. I sure as heck do. Bet you do too. Here it is.

There are two aspects of my life right now that are making me very unhappy. One is a relationship which needs my focus, patience and engagement. The other is my weight and fitness. Both are absolutely within my power to take action on, and to make fast progress. I also know that making a start on each would have an immediate, big and positive impact on my life… on my energy, optimism, peace of mind, momentum and happiness.

And yet I do nothing. I look at these two issues as if a spectator. Removed. Watching. Waiting. Yet motionless. Why? Here lies that brutal truth. Does it hold true for you?

Want To Make 2015 An Unforgettable Year- Here’s How!

I am determined to make the year ahead unforgettable- a year which I will cherish for the rest of my life. You can too, if you are brave enough to take this one very simple action.

It was the death of former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo that has sparked me into action. His obituary in The International New York Times gave me the clue. “Cuomo,” it read…” may be remembered more for the things he never did than what he accomplished.”

I’ll tell you why they said that of Cuomo shortly. Point is, his is a legacy of missed opportunity, of unrealized promise. Join me in making sure 2015 is not a year to be remembered by what we do not accomplish. Take responsibility now to make the next 12 months GREAT for you. Start by remembering the words of William Ernest Henley in his poem ‘Invictus’ as you consider your goals and aspirations for the year ahead:

“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”

Look In The Mirror- Can You See This Fatal Flaw?

We were celebrating our client’s triumph in the most hostile takeover in Australian corporate history when its Chief Executive sobered the mood with a warning that has stayed with me ever since. It is a massive ‘watch out’ for businesses and ourselves. Do you suffer from this fatal flaw?

When client Campbell Soup Company launched a takeover bid for Australian biscuit maker Arnotts in 1991, the newspaper headline screamed : ”US Cookie Monster Wants To Gobble Our Arnotts.” So began a hugely emotive and aggressively fought takeover war, which ended with Campbell’s gaining control at the last gasp against all expectations.

The celebration cocktail party was in full swing a few weeks later, all the advisors and client executives in fine form, when Campbell CEO David Johnson (coincidentally- an Australian), gave us this chilling warning during his speech. “Enjoy the moment, “he said, “but be very careful. Because, remember this…..”