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Archive for November, 2011

“Memories Are Better Than Dreams”

I met a retired Judge on a train on Friday. He shared his story as follows: when I was faced with a critical life choice, I didn’t know what to do, so I went to see an old and wise mentor. He said “I have 5 words for you, they will change your life .”

So I went to see him and over tea he said these 5 words as a benchmark for my life choices’ “memories are better than dreams”. They did change my life!

In my book “Inspiring Leadership” I share the value of using the wisdom you have acquired and also that of mentors.

Time and again I have chosen to take the courageous, yet fearful route and experience something amazing; airborne selection, going into business from the army, starting my own business. In each case there have been frightening moments and anxiety, yet they have all given me wonderful memories and stories to share to help others learn from my many mistakes and a few successes.

So go out and create your memories today.
As Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe said:
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius power and magic in it.
Begin it now!”

Warm regards Jonathan

Your Time is Your Happiness

Do visit

http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/research/aaker_happiness_2011.html

This article entitled “If Money Doesn’t Make You Happy, Consider Time”¬†is an excellent piece of research

from Stanford University Business School. How are you spending your time – is it in relationships,

or just work and wealth creation?

I know when I focus on being more present and in the moment and enjoying the relationships with

the people who I live and work with that my level of happiness increases.

Good luck using your life-time wisely.

It is everything and all you have

Warm Regards Jonathan

 

 

How You Can Get Sacked #2 – Loose Control

Steve Jobs was a technical icon and genius. He was also emotionally unstable and had very low impulse control. This is according to his fascinating Biography by Walter Issacson which I am enjoying.

Steve would describe other colleagues at Apple and their work as “shit” and have emotional tantrums, even cry if he couldn’t get his way. He seemed unable to control his drive and passion, if he wasn’t in control. In the early years he was so difficult they sacked him and kept on John Sculley instead.

One live example of a very senior leader I know called Richard (not his real name) was that his low impulse control got him sacked. In a long overdue moment of frustration with his boss, he shouted at him and pushed a piece of furniture towards him. He was immediately fired. He has spent the last 2 years regretting it and the loss of his ideal job.

Developing more intelligent emotions and mitigating the risks of you derailing is what a lot of my work involves. The benefits are significant. The risks of doing nothing are unacceptable.

You decide.

Warm regards Jonathan