Tag: #courage

Thought of the Week – #1 Lesson; Get Back Up Again

We have all failed, some of us spectacularly. We have all made mistakes or maybe given up at times. From my perspective, in business and life, it is vital to find the strengthen to get back up again. In these times it is important to remember that these moments are not defining, unless you let them, and that the most important thing is that you get back up again.

Here’s to winning through adversity.

Stay Strong & Onwards!


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Thought of the Week – Our Personal Rights Are Under Seige

One of the great things about our country is that every person has the ability to make personal choices that affect how they wants to live. Yes, there our norms enforced by the rule of law, but outside of those we get to determine what is best for ourselves. We should never abdicate or allow our rights to be subjugated.

However, increasingly and alarmingly, there seems to be a growing number of companies that are forcing their leadership beliefs on their workforce.

For example, we have many tech companies who have actually allowed co workers whose political opinions differ from theirs to be vilified, to demand apologizes, censorship or worse. The thought being how dare they have an opposing perspective? Why would we allow any company to mandate one of our principle rights; our right to vote?

Recently, an electronic payment system company also refused to serve groups that their leadership did not support or held opposing beliefs. Could you imagine a traditional bank taking this stance?

Just this week, a large workspace company mandated that meat is off the corporate menu. When did meat become the enemy? Is this really the most important element to encourage? Many would think not.

While many of the examples of corporate influence may have our personal support why do we believe that it is a good thing to have our choices mandated, outside the rule of law, by anyone other than ourselves? I believe that we all have a responsibility to be a force for good but it does not mean that we should be forced to conform to others beliefs.

If a company executive or anyone else for that matter, wants to support a certain political party, not subscribe to a publication that they feel is against their values or ban a food source from their personal menu they should absolutely be free to do just that. It is their personal right.

My thought of the week is that company leaders do not have the right to infringe on anyone else’s personal rights. This is a very slippery slope. Once started where does it end? You may even agree with some of the decisions, but what happens when they mandate things that you vehemently oppose?

As leaders we need to be very careful that we do not unleash the next wave of policing the rights of others. What happened to empowerment? Personal choice should never be mandated or hijacked by any company. Don’t allow others to intimidate, manipulate or tell you how to think.


Slaying Dragons – Gain Perspective

The third installment of what helped in slay my own personal dragons and to push through adversity and succeed; Gain perspective. The passage of time really helps here but the quicker you put your situation in to context the better. I found when I experienced my challenging time recently that I became depressed. This was a first for me. It shook me at my core and really scared me. However, with the passage of time and real perspective you see how fortunate you are to be alive. Look at the misery around you and I strongly recommend that you read In Mans Search For Meaning by Victor Frankel. It is a quick read but will provide life long lessons for you. Good luck. Onwards!