Okay folks, I apoligise for yet another gap in posting, as I’ve been busy yet again! I promise to get a little more up to date with things ASAP, but for now here’s a mini-post (relatively speaking) that covers something specific I’ve been working on the past couple of weeks! Additionally I’ve been working on my business es the past while, especially in the wake of the GAME issue, which has resolved itself somewhat now (I’ll have a post on that in the near future), though I do admit I took advantage of it. Anyway, just to briefly gloss over what I was doing a couple weekends ago (because I hope to write a more detailed post later on), I went to see this guy named Wilson Luna. For those of you not in the know, he’s an Australian bloke who happens to own 3 multi-million Dollar companies in Australia and does speaking and business mentoring, which he earns a lot of money for! Even the 2 day seminar I attended was worth £2,097 but I luckily got it for free! I’ll explain in later post as it’s not important right now. What is important however is the 10 rules he had dotted about the room; I’m going to list them, then add some notes to indicate how I learnt how they have affected my way of thinking, or how I’ve seen them at work, at least in life. As far as business goes, I haven’t quite seen that in effect just yet, but then the work/life balance is a load of crap anyway!
This may be one of my shortest posts, but by god it’ll be one of the more insightful ones I’ve written! I might actually revisit the rules down the line with additional interpretations, because while I’m operating at a different level to most people, I am but a Padawan right now (obligatry geeky reference … so without further ado, let’s start:
1. Only 1 CEO
Okay, what I learnt here is that I’m in charge of my own life (but not fully my own destiny – I’ll get to this later), so I should make my own decisions and decide the effect they have on me. No one else is fully responsible for the decisions I make and though they can give me advice/suggestions, it’s ultimately down to me what I do.
2. No baggage
This one basically means leaving my emotional state and preconceptions at the door, tho do things without bias, as bias will mean I make poor decisions, be it through positive or negative emotion, I will still make a bad decision, so it’s important to have emotional state that while positive, does not lean into the realm where it causes me to make a bad decision; this is mostly for business, although the life lesson here is to go in with an open mind.
3. If you’re in, you’re in
This one is a fun one! It means when you’re committed to a decision and have made a path to your goal, you stick with it till the end. That said however, you can change your path along the way if circumstances dictate, for as a story character of mine once said, “without a plan of action there’s no way to account for any variables in battle”. Point being, nothing in life ever goes to plan, so even if you’re committed to a goal, you may be required to change your plans to ultimately see it through. If you’re really lucky, you may either find a better way to get there (due to circumstances coming into play), or you can come back and cover the ground you had to skip the first time around, provided it’s still feasible to do, so don’t worry about missing a few stops, there’s always time to make good on things later!
4. Participation = Value
This is an easy one and in some ways ties into the above. Once you participate, you get value out of it, regardless of the outcome. The reason you get value from it is because you learnt as you went along and experienced it; you do not get real experience through staying still and watching… you must do it yourself, for good or bad, as even if it does turn out badly, you have learnt something.
5. Action = Rewards
This too, extolls the virtues of actually doing something. By taking action, you are rewarded… be it through experience or the outcome you hope for. Ultimately, this lesson teaches you to occasionally take risks and/or go out of your comfort zone because ultimately it could pay off!
6. How you do one thing is how you do everything
This one is rather obvious, though it reflects upon you as a person; essentially, if you run away from one thing, you’ll be constantly be running from everything… so instead of running, stand your ground and/or get stuck in!
7. Focus on you
There’s nothing wrong with being selfish from time to time, as if you don’t focus on yourself, how can you focus on others? Additionally, focusing on yourself allows you to see your strengths (and weaknesses) and shows you how you can put them to use best, which ultimately will help people out in the long run.
8. Trust the process
This is one I’ve learnt today, and thus has become a favourite. I’ll go into this after I’m finished the list, but suffice it to say this means that you need to put more trust in the universe, in the sense that eventually you’ll get to where you need to go (provided you take action). Occasionally this might mean trusting someone to help you reach your goal, other times this might mean you just let things work themselves out and continue the course; things don’t happen right away, so even though it may not look like things are going your way right now, have a little more faith and let things happen as you go along your path… you’ll be pleased with the results if you stick to it!
9. G.O.I (Get Over It)
If’s and but’s, we all have them… they cause us to hesitate or stall and sometimes, they cause us to question people/things, even though they know what they’re doing. I’ve been guilty of this quite a few times (if you’re reading this, sorry JD) because I failed to trust the process, simply because of my uncertainty with things. It’s not important that I know if they work or not at the start; what’s important is you drop your preconceptions and go with it (rules 4 & 5) and note the results as you go along, as you’ll find things will work!
10. Just for fun!
This is an easy one… try not to take things too seriously, and if you have a failure, so what? Get Over It! Close the board and start a new game! You have plenty of chances to, plus you learn as much (if not more) from losing something as you do winning. Sometimes things don’t work out, and that’s cool… they’re not always supposed to work out, because you have lessons to learn and these lessons help you to win games in the future.
You might have noticed that my interpretations feed into each other… that’s understandable given that the rules themselves feed into each other, although everyone interprets them differently, and each rule is interpreted at a different level to another person, although there are only so many levels to get for each.
Anyway, regarding why Rule 8 is my favourite at present is that before I flew off to America last year, I had a package delivered. Unfortunately, at the time I was unable to get it so had to fly off to America without picking it up. Anyway, things in America never went to plan, as some of my readers/friends know so basically when it came to recovering it after I came home, it became ‘lost’. It was never returned to the seller, so I pretty much lost faith in ever seeing it again. Now yesterday I got a pickup note for my last 2 eBay orders to be picked up from the deliery office, and the postman mentioned that there were 3 packages waiting for me, which I did think was a little odd at the time, as I had only ordered two. Anyway, I had a random thought of my long-lost order reappearing again, and when I came to pick up my packages (walking through the rain to get there, which felt like it took ages!), I saw the 2 parcels on top of another one at the bottom. Naturally, I had no knowledge of this parcel as my orders were complete at this point; I opened up the package and saw what was in it… it was my missing order!
I then looked at the package more closely as I realised what it was, and at that point, my mood picked up immensely, so much so I just pulled down my hood and let the rain hit me as I felt great, and hell… the trip home felt a lot quicker than it was! I now have one more thread of last year resolved, so I just have one more thing I have to sort out and everything is finally sorted from last year, meaning everything will be back to how it was in terms of my disadvantage, though I’ve learnt a lot along the way.
Ultimately though, the experience taught me to have faith in things and trust the process!
Thanks for reading.