5 Things I’ve Learned So Far
WHEN YOU ARE GOING THROUGH HELL, KEEP GOING.
We all get a tour of hell at least once this lifetime; most of us get multiple tours. The question is: how long do you stay? The only surefire way to get out of hell is to walk out of it. Ask for help, ask for direction. You are never alone and know that someone has been there before you. Staying in hell is not really an option. And when you have made it through to the other end, be a guide for someone else.
BE OF SERVICE, BE A VOICE AND BE STEADFAST IN YOUR BELIEFS.
We often forget why we are here on this planet. We are here to be of service to each other. We are here to hold each other up, to challenge each other to be better humans. There will be days where you will be asked to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves at that moment. Step up to the plate. Be their voice. Never turn away from what you know and feel is right. Sometimes the execution of such action can bite you on the arse but if you can look in the mirror and say, “I did what was right”, you are good to go! Where to start? Join a service organization. I am a member of the Rotary Club, where the motto is “service above self”. Start small, grow great, change the universe.
TRUST YOUR INSTINCT.
Personal or business, the only times my instinct has failed me is when I have failed to listen to it. When my gut said one thing and my brain intellectualised the pros and cons and I listened to my brain, it f’d me. If something or someone gives you the heebee jeebees, you should listen and walk away.
ALL I ASK IS EVERYTHING YOU GOT. WHAT’S THE WORSE THAT CAN HAPPEN?
Many people don’t do things because of fear of failure or the fear of rejection. If that is the worst thing that could happen, why not take that risk? If you already think you know what the worst thing that could happen is, what would happen if it doesn’t happen? Take the risk!
DON’T GOOGLE PEOPLE.
I live/work in the land of Google and I stopped Googling people years ago. It is just a snapshot of someone’s public persona. It doesn’t tell me who they really are. If they are coming in to see me as a client/patient, I don’t want to have preconceived notions of how to treat them or if I am even going to like them. I have met philanthropists who were total douche bags and “bad apples” who have hearts of gold. Get to know the person in front of you, not what their publicist has put out.