Mantras, I developed over the course of my life, and never changed.
“Do what you wholeheartedly love and look for people who love what you to”
(It’s a modification of what Confucius said once: “Seek a job you love and you will never work a day in your life”). It took me a while to understand how I could survive by simply doing what I love. But realizing that there will always be people who like what I do when I do it with all the passion I have – the I need to look for them and actually cannot fail.
“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 due to lack of other skills.
“Speed is more important than perfection”
The times are long gone when we where competing on product or service quality only. Today, those qualities are a given. Speed in responses, delivery, action and reaction is where we can truly differentiate our businesses. Speed became the most relevant quality to most of our customers. Perfection is the biggest enemy to speed.
“You will never get a reward for taking – but easily for giving”
It sounds like a philanthropic aspect. Not really – once we understand to implement that thinking in our businesses we experience outstanding successes and on top a great deal of fulfillment. The little free things here and there, free to try, free t use, an extra here and there, a personal note, a helping hand… are the things any business can ‘give’.
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.
“Language is our most precious gift, helping develop our intelligence. Unifying language to one, is the biggest step in unifying the world“.
My entire life would be radically different if I didn’t have learned English. My intellect would be dramatically different if I never learned any language. Without language we can only learn by observation or doing, we cannot learn from the past and we cannot share how we predict the future. With English we can reach 1.2 Billion business people in roughly 150 countries, with Spanish less than half in about 10 countries, with French, Russian or Portuguese roughly half of Spanish and German, Japanese, Korean… can be considered local languages.