A recently read quote from Rafael Nadel speaks to his single-minded pursuit of winning. I don’t disagree with the sentiment I believe he’s expressing, which is that what’s widely perceived of as talent must be put to good use to achieve results. He’s quoted as saying: So, in summary, the person who wins the most is the one with the most talent. In principle this … Continue reading Talent and winning.
My Dad didn’t teach me the value of persistence. Indeed, I don’t think he recognised it himself once he turned thirty. I’ve come to learn the importance of pushing through things that block you, and working towards what you believe in. I desperately want to run my own company and nearly a decade ago I was planning to start a business with my daughter. It … Continue reading Persistence is fruitful.
Even on the same days that I was writing about perspective and the things I have to be grateful for, I was battling frustration and despondency that very nearly won out. If you’d seen me just over a week ago, you’d have seen someone looking caged, weary and vacant. Today there is a more generous spirit on show and a sense of ‘can-do’ again. An … Continue reading Look again.
On difficult days especially, it’s good to fall back on simple gratitude practice. I comforted someone in need After wrestling with anger for some time, I saw another perspective My family welcomed me home and I felt my troubles soothed by laughter Before meditating with Headspace this morning, Andy Puddicombe mentioned that the surest path to happiness is to focus on other people’s happiness. There’s … Continue reading Three things to be grateful for today.
Your value as a person isn’t defined by what you did or didn’t do in the past. It’s defined by what you are doing, today, and the preparation you’re making for the choices you’ll face tomorrow. Look forward and be the best version of yourself. Continue reading Your value. Right now.
I’ve been persuaded to do things I don’t like, gladly. Other things I might like, I’ve done very reluctantly. The key difference is in how the thing is sold; how I’m persuaded – internally or externally. Worth remembering when asking others for their time and effort. Continue reading Persuasion.
It’s a powerful building block in many ways, but it can also be a barrier to new discoveries, new ways of working or of thinking. Challenging conventional wisdom is an integral part of forging a new path, so discern what supports your idea with evidence-based thinking; discard the rest. Yes, you will sit outside the norm. Continue reading Conventional wisdom.