There are GREAT leaders out there, and I am lucky and blessed to know one of them.
Have worked with him for 3 plus years. Recently we went for coffee. Hadn’t seen each other in some time.
The gracefulness, the kindness and the genuine interest in how I was doing, made me feel really thankful.
As the conversation carried on, he asked me very simply: You have helped me in the past. How can I help YOU?
I wanted to share this experience, because great leaders DO exist.
They show you how to be, they are not afraid to offer help, they respect themselves and their team members.
If you are a team member and lucky enough to have such a leader, be thankful.
If you are a leader, make sure to make your team feel appreciated, lead with grace and always by example.
Awake late at night, helps me think, write and make life decisions.
Are we spoiled?
Are we demanding way too much of our lives?
Have we replaced quality with quantity?
Today’s society has planted new rules in our brains. We MUST succeed with our career, we MUST live in a great home, drive a great car, and the list goes on.
Have we realized how fast life goes by?
Have we realized that we are willingly sacrificing family moments, friends, fun and plain old relaxation to the little voice in our heads that has us convinced that we always need MORE?
More, more, more
And one day we wake up, a family member is really sick and we are jolted to reality. What are we doing?
Let’s think about this for a minute: We come to this world naked, and we depart with a pair of clothes. EVERYTHING else is on loan.
We will take NOTHING to the next stage. No career, no cars, no money, NOTHING!
So sit back and evaluate what you want out of LIFE. Not out of career, not out of money. Just LIFE.
Is any job or career worth our health, well-being, and lost opportunities to live a quality life?
It takes some guts, but sometimes just saying “I respectfully step down from my position”, is the biggest gift you can give yourself.
A gift that will be shared with family, significant others, and that will give you the opportunity to reboot, recharge, and help the ones in need around you with great joy. Family comes first. Do not forget that.
Some of you will ask: But money? It’s not all about money.
As a very dear friend Robert Emmons wrote in his book Six Thousand Sunrises:
Wrap your arms around your dreams,
drive off the naysayers and philistines,
embrace your new tomorrow with the passion to make your dreams, your truth.
Success comes from viewing your career and job for what it exactly is. There is nothing personal there, except for your commitment to the company you work for and putting your best foot forward daily.
During your life, you make acquaintances, and meet new people. Some become friends, some stay business acquaintances.
Never ever criticize any person for moving on, for changing roles, for accepting a new position, for working with people that you have a personal dislike to. This is unethical, selfish and self destructive.
Although the world is a huge place, the career sector in the city you live in, is pretty small. Don’t burn your chances for a next move by putting your Ego upfront.
Always be polite, professional, accepting, never hold grudges.
Companies come and go. People still need to make a decent living, and strive for the best.
Even CEO’s are being replaced at a maddening pace. Some of them are creative and also move on.
Our advice: NEVER burn bridges by letting your ego and pride get in the way.