Do you want to be really successful? Be brave and slow down. Forget likability and gain resilience.
To my surprise, being calm and living a slower life supported my business prosperity in unexpected ways. The fear of missing out on opportunities was replaced by the joy of missing out on wasted energy on low-quality projects (and activities). My team knows how picky I can be in new collaborations but for the first time, it felt right.
New clients started to land and out of the blue, it was clearer than ever before what could be a good fit for my business growth. Practicing daily this one hour of doing nothing nurtured my ability to select the best choices for my business development and personal improvement.
When you are in a good place with yourself you don’t need others to lift you up. And that reflects in business life, too.
More importantly, our need to feel safe gets lots of endorsement from our own pool of confidence. When you are calm then you don’t seek approval or any vanity pacifiers to keep walking in life. Some people may never warm up to the idea that we need to take pauses but eventually life we’ll force them to take a break, one way or another.
Some years ago, it took me a broken leg to say out loud: Take it easy without feeling guilty.
Meanwhile, take your time and find what makes your life worth living.
Steve Jobs Golden Tip
Steve Jobs was my mentor for 4 years. When things were tough he used to ask one breathtaking question: “If you knew that you are going to die in six months what would you do now?”
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.“ — Steve Jobs
He was the only person that had the courage to follow his own advice and I am grateful for having the opportunity to witness that in real life.