I’ve not done any proper (i.e. paid delivery) work during the last 2 weeks AND my wife and kids are in Ireland visiting family, so I’ve had a lot of spare time to gently mull over life and work and things.
It’s the last day of 2022, and I want to share the ONE THING I’ve learnt this year.
It’s kinda obvious, but it took me 53 years to figure it out, and it’s helped me feel far a whole lot more comfortable in my own skin.
It’s this: being selfish is a good thing - especially if you can be selfish in an altruistic way.
As the airlines say: put your own oxygen mask on first, before you look after others.
Happy New Year my friend.
If you’re up for it, why not share one thing you’ve learnt this year?
Hi Clarke, my lesson for this year: it's important to pursue what I'm actually good at, not what I would like to be good at but doesn't really fit my strengths.
Happy New Year!
And, "It'll happen to you. A little preparation goes along way"
(on step father, and father in law's deaths this year).
Also, "You won't get it all done."
Finally, "Others matter".
Now to "Learn things next year" !
My simple lesson for the year.
Making something is making progress.
If I do something like examine data, attending a meeting etc. and don't make something such as notes or diagrams then I'm not making good use of my time.
Hi Clarke: The one thing I’ve realized but never articulated until this year is this: Lead or be led; either way… get out of the way.
Happy New Year Clarke! Great thing to learn! There's a quote from a famous Rabbi (Rabbi Hillel) that I keep close at hand: "If I'm only for myself, who will be for me? If I'm not for myself, what am I? If not now, when?"
"Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast." This is my new leadership mantra. I've found this to be a super helpful stance in working in a self-managed group of peer coaches.
I suffer unnecessarily, because I do not make changes and the appropriate time. Often what stops me implementing a change when it is needed is my pre-made plans and ideas. Eg I decide to put on my over trousers when I get to a track Junction instead of putting them on my legs are getting wet therefore I suffer through getting wet and cold.
Hey Clarke - this is a great lesson. How do I contact you?