It is important who you Learn from!
It has been five years since I left my corporate job with a safe salary and predictable activities to start a New Adventure in an unfamiliar Jungle as an entrepreneur. It felt at all times like I was on a live Snakes and Ladders game board, and turned this way and that to avoid certain disaster which was lurking around every corner!
I quickly realized that I needed mentors in my life and actively sought them only to find that the ones I turned to were in it for themselves and not for me. One of them even wanted 80% of my earnings in return for mentoring! I was at my wits end and down on my knees praying for one, just ONE Mentor who would help me to navigate my way to a successful consistent income and outcome.
It was no co-incidence when I “accidentally” clicked the email that started my journey of growth. And when I joined the John Maxwell Team I got six fabulous mentors besides John C. Maxwell himself who are not only authentic about their own failures, but also incredibly inclusive and people on whom I could safely model my own leadership style. Read More→
The secret of Happiness is Freedom. The secret of Freedom is Courage- Thucydides 450 AD
When I started my business I had no idea what I would do, how I would do it or whether I would succeed at it. I had no one to guide me as everyone I knew was either employed or professionals associated with large firms. A wise mentor told me, Suspend the need to know how, just begin. So I did. But not without some trepidation!
Every successful person has had to deal with fear. The road to hell might be paved with good intentions, but the road to success is abundantly littered with fear and uncertainty. No crystal ball security here!
The biggest difference between a person that is outrageously successful and someone that is not is that the successful ones have the courage to take massive and significant action on a consistent basis. Read More→
Every Child is a born genius- Richard Buckminster Fuller
Every once in a while along comes a child and teaches me the most amazing lesson!
For those of you who have children, it is probably the most intense education you have ever had. For me, I learn vicariously from other people’s children. A friend told me that her little 7 year old wanted to speak to me because she wanted to be in business for herself just like I was.
I was , of course delighted to accommodate this request and spent a lovely afternoon with Hannah drinking orange juice out of wine glasses and generally helping her understand the basics of setting up a small business model for her to get her pretty little toes wet in the world of business. We sat down with a pad of paper and sketched out all the things she enjoyed doing.
Having identified that she liked baking cookies with her mom, we decided that would be her first venture in the world of business. She would bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies and sell them to the neighbours. Read More→
When Opportunity strikes it is too late to prepare!
Always be prepared! You will never know when that life defining Opportunity is going to present itself!
How often have you had regrets about unexpected opportunities that presented themselves and wished if you had only planned better, taken that course, put in that little bit of extra effort, studied a bit harder, thought a little deeper, accepted that invitation when it presented itself, put more energy into actively building a relationship?
It has been my experience (and I don’t say the word lightly) that nothing that I have ever invested time and effort into has ever gone wasted. And only if I put my whole heart into whatever it was I was doing! Read More→
Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. – Morihei Ueshiba
One of my clients asked me recently, “How can I grow my organization?”. The answer is simple. Grow your people! Most business owners and Corporations appear to focus on adding processes to improve their performance, seeking technical expertise and outwitting the competition. And yet they don’t seem to grow as fast as they would like and are forever running at top speed on the same groove just to maintain the same position.
The only thing that differentiates a growing organization from a stagnant one is the intentional development and growth of its best resource. The individuals that work in the Organization. No matter what their skill set, motivation and effort…If they are not growing, they are dead. And you cannot force growth in an organization or in life, if we have withered people with dead dreams and no motivation to improve.
As in Leadership, there are some basic Laws for Growth!
Take a tree. If it is growing, it will have its roots grounded in fertile soil. Its Branches bear green shoots at its growing tips. It reaches towards the sunlight and is nurtured and nourished by the nutrients in the soil and by steady access to a water source. And most importantly, in due season it bears fruit!
The same is true for any person!