Mental State

How many of you would go back in time and change aspects of your life? Most say they wouldn’t due to the rationale of “I wouldn’t be who I am today without having gone through what I’ve been through.”


Here’s what I’ve only recently understood: if in hindsight you have clarity and are ok with “how you turned out” then don’t let potential future failures hinder you from doing whatever it is you want to do. After all, you’ve already made mistakes, and those future mistakes will only result in “who you will be” while shaping you into (arguably) a better person...or at least someone with a greater knowledge and experience.


So, ditch Fear, and do whatever it is you want to do. You’ll only learn from it, or better yet, you’ll actually SUCCEED at that thing you’ve been wanting to do but have been too chicken to pull the trigger. 


Rock on, my people....rock on.

Focus

Through experience, you'll know that when you're interested in something, it's very easy to focus. Take watching a movie you like, for instance: you don't have to think about paying attention, you just watch it, right? When I heard this via Headspace, it was like a premonition. If you're not focusing, perhaps you've lost interest?

Being distracted these days is relentlessly easy, but I sort of feel like if you're being distracted THAT easily, then perhaps you've lost interest. Does this happen to you? I'm sure it does, whether it be in your business or in your personal relationships. Regardless, this post is nothing more than to remind you to keep your eye on the prize, whatever/whomever that prize may be. 

Leadership

The below article was originally posted on LinkedIn by Simon Sinek on September 10, 2016

The below article was originally posted on LinkedIn by Simon Sinek on September 10, 2016

When we tell people to do their jobs, we get workers. When we trust people to get the job done, we get leaders.

To become a leader, we have to go through a transition. Some go through it quickly. Some go through it slowly. And, unfortunately, some never go through it at all.

When we are junior, our only job is to be good at our job. When we’re junior, our companies will give us lots of training—how to use the software, how to sell, how to make a presentation—so that we will be good at our job. Some even get advanced degrees so they can be even better at their job— accountants or engineers, for example. And if we are good at our job, the company will promote us. And if we are really good at our job, eventually we get promoted to a position where we become responsible for the people who do the job we used to do. But very few companies teach us how to do that. Very few companies teach us how to lead. That’s like putting someone at a machine and demanding results without showing them how the machine works.

 

That’s why we get managers and not leaders inside companies. Because the person who got promoted really does know how to do our job better than we do . . . that’s what got them promoted in the first place. Of course they are going to tell us how we “should” do things. They manage us because no one taught them how to lead us.

This is one of the hardest lessons to learn when we get promoted to a position of leadership—that we are no longer responsible for doing the job, we are now responsible for the people who do the job. There isn’t a CEO on the planet who is responsible for the customer. CEOs are responsible for the people who are responsible for the customer. Get that right, and everybody wins—employees and customers.

Leadership is hard work. Not the hard work of doing the job—it’s the hard work of learning to let go. It’s the hard work of training people, coaching people, believing in people and trusting people. Leadership is a human activity. And, unlike the job, leadership lasts beyond whatever happens during the workday.

Excerpted from Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration, in agreement with Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2016 by Simon Sinek Partners, LLC.

Quotation: Peter Thiel from ZERO TO ONE

"Tolstoy opens Anna Karenina by observing: 'All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.' Business is the opposite. All happy companies are different: each one earns a monopoly by solving a unique problem. All failed companies are the same: they failed to escape competition."

- Peter Thiel from ZERO TO ONE