Why I do what I do
I really get excited by creating something that is of value to others. I never found satisfaction creating something for me. I feel good when I can inspire people to do what they love and gain a higher level of success. I relax the most when I have time to sail on the ocean. I very much enjoy being a world citizen, calling planet Earth home. I no longer seek for paradise because I realized I’m living right in/on it.
Other than that I do what I love and connect with people who love what I do :)
Mantras, I developed over the course of my life:
“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.
STAYING ON TOP
“You know you are getting old, when you spend more time protecting your assets than risking them”
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 strict rules. All set to protect what they had: leadership in almost any industry. Today all is gone. And the above mantra / rule, equally applies to any organization may is be a country, a company, an association, a family or an individual.