Over the course of my life I developed a variety of mantras.
Most just have been evolving situational. Like the leadership mantra or the success mantra. The success mantra was actually built on Confucius. I just had a hard time to find a mechanic that ensures that the last part “never work a day in your life” has an descriptive plausibility.
“Do what you wholeheartedly love and look for people who love what you to“
(It’s an extension of what Confucius said once: “Seek a job you love and you will never work a day in your life”)
“Responsibility is something you won’t be given unless you take it“
It’s what I told new team members joining any of my companies. I never liked people asking for more responsibility. They were simply asking for more authority that they apparently did not have on their own.
“Speed is more important than perfection“
The times are long gone when we where competing on quality. Today quality is a given and it is not what the engineers think it should be but fulfilling the expectation of the customers. But where we really can compete on is speed. It is what most companies are still not ready to compete on.
“You will never get a reward for taking – but easily for giving“
It sounds like a philanthropic aspect but once we understand to implement that thinking in our businesses we not only experience outstanding successes but also a great deal of fulfillment.
Making progress contains the responsibility offering opportunities for all members of the respective community or society
We should understand that real progress is not a personal advancement ‘over’ others but ‘with’ others. If we alienating the slow and those not understanding we diminish the actual progress.
STAYING ON TOP
“When you focus more on protecting your achievements than risking them, you are at the end of your life cycle“
When I saw countries like the USA struggling and on its verge to collapse, I realized that nobody made a substantial mistake. But the system that was created alienated risk taking and favored protection, alienated open minds and favored conformism, alienated experimentation and favored ever more strict rules. Everybody tries to protect what they have: leadership in almost any industry. Today all is gone. And the above mantra / rule, equally applies to any organization, a country, a company, an association, a family or an individual.