Looking back on my career to date I have many things to be extremely thankful for and especially the people who had the confidence in me and ultimately helped me succeed. However, one of my biggest disappointments is that I have not always celebrated where I was throughout my life’s journey. I was too busy trying to get to my end goal that the journey instead of being pleasant was unnecessarily painful.
From a very early age I was obsessed with running my own business and this was a long time before I even knew what a CEO was. From my teen years I was in pursuit of this singular goal. Awards, promotions and accolades has I moved through my career meant very little to me. I wanted the ultimate prize or nothing.
I was driven everyday and a lot of the pleasure was lost in this desire. If I was giving an inspiring manager advice it would be to celebrate “your” moments. Yes, set goals but not at the exclusion of enjoying life along the way. Create balance in your life. Have a hobby. The most important thing is that you embrace wholeheartedly where you are in the moment and make the most of that time. The future will arrive soon enough. I must have heard this phase a thousand times and looking back it is so true ” do not forget to stop and smell the roses”. Make sure that you do. Do not be in a rush for tomorrow. There will never be another today. Enjoy it.