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Word of Advice

  • The non-complaint concept
    A very effective exercise if you and people around you want to feel better, is for a period not to complaint about anything. Test it out both in the office and in your private life. A great testing ground is to drive your car with your family in it through rush hours in the nearest city. Do you manage not to complain about other stupid drivers, about the terrible queue or about your children´s complaints? The result of the non-complaint concept is that when you get used to it, life feels much less stressful!
  • More to learn?
    If you think you are done with your learning, you are sort of right; you are done! Growth and learning are the key drivers in most people’s lives and we are all responsible for keeping the wheel of learning going, for ourselves. Spend time with people you can learn from, keep searching for that new perspective and look for knowledge in everything you do.
  • Solving problems
    Is a big problem harder to get rid of than a small problem? Tempting to say yes is it not? But is that true? The cure to a problem is usually dependent on the availability of possible solutions and the angle you take to understand it while the size of the problem is less important. A big problem with a solution that you know is better than a small problem with no solution. You may say “if the big problem has a solution, is it then really a big problem?” Well, maybe it was when we did not know about the solution!
  • Where do billionaires come from?
    Those self-made billionaires who started out with two empty hands and made a fortune, where do they come from? Do they all come from the same industry? Did they all take the same education? Were they all born by “successful” parents? No. They all made success in different environments. It was how they related to their environment that made them successful, not the environment itself. Success is usually built on an inside-out model and these billionaires came from within themselves.
  • What is your frame?
    To create success is what most people want. But what is success? How do you know that you have it? How successful are you and compared to what? We should all first of all look for these answers inside ourselves because success means different things to different people. What it means for you should be your base line of measurement. When you consider if you reached your potential, compare it to what you think your potential is. This is your “frame”, and when you use it to set your vision, remember that the limits of that frame are set by your thinking.
  • Our spirit goes up and down. Or?
    Our mental spirit goes up and down, people say. Yes it tends to be that way: some days we are in a good mood and other days not that good. But is this concept of mood swings a law of nature? For example, if you have been in a great and empowering mood for two weeks, do you have to go grumpy for the next two weeks – to “balance out”? No, you will most likely say. Then make sure you do not program yourself into bad moods just because you think it is natural to go up and down.
  • Truth about ghosts
    A friend’s 4 year old daughter told me “I can see ghosts”. Her parents told her “there is no such a thing as a ghost”. Later she told me again “I can see ghosts”. I said “cool, what do they look like?” She said “they are scary”. I asked “are they red or blue?” She smiled and said it was funny to think about them as colorful. “Do they have wheels?” I then asked. She laughed out loud, “wheels!” Now she sleeps with a smile every night and dreams about funny red and blue rolling ghosts! Maybe her parents were “right” about saying ghosts do not exist but was that “truth” helpful?
  • Personal brand
    What is your personal brand? How do people perceive you? And moreover, do people want you to succeed? Would they like to contribute to your growth, development and success? Do they care about you? While our results and achievements are important when we build our personal brand, over time our beliefs, mind set and attitude have a much stronger impact on how people perceive us. Therefore, think through who you are, what you believe in and what you stand for and then communicate this in a consistent way.
  • The free stuff
    Some few things in life actually come for free and still bring lots of value. Even in business life. Like a smile for example or feedback you give your colleagues. They both mean a lot for the receiver and you can hand it out all day long and it does not cost you anything at all. The more smiles and more feedback you give others the happier they become and the more they appreciate you.
  • Be specific
    A business leader told his people they should not worry about details too much and think about and focus on strategic things. They all nodded. I asked them what he meant and they all looked down, they did not know. The word “strategic” for him may mean something very concrete but others do not know that since they are not him. So be as specific as you can about what you mean and then other people will understand you better.
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