The Heart of Success

A client of mine recommended a book to me recently and even though I get a lot of book recommendations, this one was worth sharing.

It builds on a lot of the ideas I teach in my content and I really liked the simple but powerful ways the author communicates these messages, which are not just important in business – but also in life.

There are 7 laws in the book for making it in business without losing in life.

All of these laws resonate with me because I find myself coaching many of my clients around these exact challenges. It is very easy to get so caught up in our pursuit of success, that we forget what success truly means.

I recommend you buy your own copy of the book, but I wanted to share 3 of the laws with you for quick reference:

1. Don’t settle for being money rich – time poor

“I have spent much of my life helping businesses to expand but I have come to believe there is little point in doing so if a higher standard or living brings with it a poorer quality of life”.

Time is the currency of life. Be careful how you use it – once it is spent, it is gone and there are no refunds.

2. Believe that the job you do makes a difference

The author tells a story about his father who was a postman. One day at school when the children were asked what their parents did, he admitted to being embarrassed about sharing his father’s job with the class. That evening, he asked his father if he didn’t get bored of “just posting letters”.

He replied ‘Son, your father delivers the Royal Mail. People rely on me – businesses, armies and police forces, friends and relatives from overseas – I deliver all their letters. You should come with me some day and see somebody waiting at their door to see if I’ve got a letter for them. It may be about a job they’ve been hoping for or from a daughter they haven’t heard from for a while, or perhaps just a birthday card. No Son, I don’t get bored.’

See the greater purpose in the job you do and help your people to do the same.

3. Believe in the power of dreams

When Helen Keller was nineteen months old she contracted an illness that left her blind, deaf and dumb. When she was six, she learned to speak by pressing her fingers on her tutors larynx to ‘hear’ the vibrations. She eventually graduated from college and founded the Helen Keller Home for Blind Children and toured the world lecturing. She was once asked, ‘Can you think of anything worse than being blind?’ She said, ‘Yes. To be able to see and have no vision’.

What is your vision? Are you daring to dream?

Most adults forget, yet everything begins with a dream. Ignite your imagination once in a while.


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