one link I found on someone’s top 7

I copied/pasted here…..not sure who this guy is….but 7 Life Wisdom’s are not bad….


1) Most importantly, I’ve learned that “Life is short”… sometimes much too short.

A dear friend died the day after her 37th birthday. My eulogy highlighted how her personal priorities made her death somewhat easier to cope with. She *always* allocated time for herself, her significant other and her family. She worked hard, but didn’t let work rule her life. Money was always budgeted to allow her both to vacation, and to save for “the future”. She spoke of this “balance” many times before she died, and her wisdom allowed her to enjoy the life that she did live to its fullest.

I can’t quote her source, but when I was putting in some crazy hours consulting and traveling she reminded me “no one has ever wished on their deathbed that they’d spent more time at the office”.

2) Recognize that there are things you control, things that you can influence, and things that are beyond your control and influence. Success is a relative term, and means different things to different people. Ensure that whatever your measures of success are, they are within your control. It’s amazing how some people judge themselves and others based on things that they have no control over.

Personal success is within your control. Business success is not. Assure yourself of having a successful life by allocating time to the things you can win / control

3) I learned that among the things that make a successful business the most underrated item is “luck”! In business, sometimes great people fail, and sometimes idiots succeed. Ensure that you don’t judge a person based on events that were beyond their control.

4) Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! They are your best opportunities for learning. However, ensure that you do learn from them, as people have little patience for those that repeat their mistakes.

5) Don’t be afraid to question the status quo when it doesn’t appear to make sense. I’ve uncovered many misallocated resources by asking the question “why?” and ensuring that the response is adequate and appropriate.

6) There are two types of companies… the quick and the dead. A quick decision is usually better than the perfect decision made slowly. I remember two analogies I repeatedly used with a management team I was part of in the 90’s.

– A car has stalled on the railway tracks. The passengers spent so much time debating whether it was more efficient to exit on the driver’s or passenger’s side that they were killed by the next freight train.

– Rather than standing still agonizing and calculating if the best direction to travel for a long journey is compass heading 274.4 degrees or 261.3 degrees, lets just start moving “west”, and refine our course as we go.

We can spend too much time planning our course, when we should take action. The corollary is that even when we do start immediately, quite often our destination changes well before we arrive.

7) Integrity is one of your most valuable assets. No one can take it from you, but it amazes me how cheaply some people trade it away.


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