* First published on LinkedIn
Thought of the Week- Take Back Reality
Now more than ever we need to take reality back. There is so much misinformation going around at times I don’t know which side is up. Falsehoods masquerading as the truth are commonplace. On any given day the we are served up a steady stream of fictitious news. I’m not just talking about gossip, I’m talking about how policies that can affect and do affect hundreds of millions of people.
We have heard the term “empty calories” as it relates to diet. The so called food we consume that adds no nutritional value. However, I think that the “empty calories” circulating in business and especially in the general media is much more dangerous. From my perspective there is information overload and on any topic imaginable. The issue is that most of the information is not being fact checked and therefore is not only delivering “empty calories” but providing a platform for false narratives to thrive and to spread disinformation and self serving agendas.
I am a great believer that a person can hold their own opinions and should be encouraged to do so. However, we can not own our own facts. Facts must to universally acknowledged and not supported selectively. Therefore, as it relates to allowing “empty calories” in the guise of fake news in to your life it is imperative that you review and understand the source before you allow any article to influence our future thinking. It is time to question and make your own determination. Never allow others to unduly impact you and shape your opinions. Don’t allow anyone, and especially those with an unhinged, narrow minded and harmful agenda to influence you.
Be careful of where you get your information. Check the facts and you will be better off. Be informed.
The more I look around, the more I see people anxious, upset or depressed. We live in a world where have never been more connected and at a time where we have never seemingly been more alone. Check it out yourself the next time you walk in to any restaurant, travel through an airport or have a coffee at Starbucks. If there are several people together, you can be assured that they are communicating via their pda instead of the person they are with. It is a blessing and a curse of living in our connected world.
Simultaneously, new success stories emerge, endless glamour pics stream in 24/7 on our very own personal viewing screen. And it comes day after day with no interruption. It has the debilitating ability to make us feel small if we allow it and we do.
It appears that our barometer for personal success, due to our ability to connect globally in the blink of an eye has rapidly changed in the last decade. It appears that if you are not a billionaire, have twenty million followers on instagram or have your own reality show you simply view yourself as an utter failure.
I suggest a counter barometer for success.
Care first about yourself and not what others think of you. Stand for things you hold dear. If you are no good to yourself than you can not help others. It’s about how you feel about yourself and not how many followers you have. I mean this; Love yourself not just like yourself. It’s about being a good person, that you live a real life and not what you think others think is success. Be a force for good. Love life, help others, work hard and you will have true success. That would be a good barometer to measure ones success.
I used this to help me reboot. It was refreshing. Hope this helps you as well. Please pass on to your network.
Ps- Thanks to Tom Dippre, President at Selective Restaurant Recruiters for the quote.
At times we have all stumbled, made mistakes and absolutely made the wrong moves. Some more bone headed than others. The key is that we must learn, evolve and become better from these experiences. No one is perfect and if we can learn than we are better.
It is in these defining and painful moments where not not just build character but prove you have character in the first place. To me these moments are when you take the narrative back and lead from the front with conviction and passion. Do not allow your critics to get in your head and twist you like a pretzel. Courage is what is needed.
For sure, these moments are not for the faint of heart but stepping outside the moment and being bigger than the moment you will succeed. Greats leaders do this consistently where others do this only occasionally.
Take a moment and review the quote to the right. This is one what was circulating on Linked In. It’s so true, attitude, while not everything, is close enough. If you have the right attitude and mindset then you can make unbelievable and at times seemingly impossible things become possible.
No matter what the barrier, the opposition or odds against you are, if you believe then you are on your way.
Make sure you have the right attitude to achieve greatness.
We all get frightened by change at some point or twist internally with making a tough decision. However, we have to recognize that while not all outcomes can be positive but you can take the positive from each outcome. Meaning we take the key learnings from each situation and move forward with conviction and greater wisdom.
Quote from David Richman shared on Linked In.
As I think about self development the main things that comes to mind for me is that if you strive to make every day your personal best then you are on the right track.
Many times we get lost in the bigger idea or goal. We feel paralyzed not knowing where to start. So if we start with the small goal of improving each day in small ways then the overall effort could be powerful. Let’s make 2017 our best year ever.
I was asked this week if respect is a key differentiator in business. I replied no, respect is far greater than being assigned to just business. Respect and showing respect is a core essential element of having and living a productive life.
“Respect costs nothing and is at the same time is priceless” – Des Hague
Respect is something that everyone deserves. In one sense it costs nothing and in another sense it is priceless. No matter what everyone can and should feel valued.
Make this happen, show respect and you will be on the right path.