Mantras or Philosophy I live by

SUCCESS

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 bit to understand how I could survive by simply doing what I love. Soon realizing that there will always be people who like what I do when I do it with all the passion I have. So I only have to look for them. With that you actually cannot fail.

LEADERSHIP

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.

COMPETITION

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.

FUTURE

The future is the only time period we can influence
We can learn a lot from the past, but we cannot change it. The only time period we can influence is the future. And the further out it is, the better we can influence it. The irony of time is that it doesn’t matter if we can or cannot predict the future – we still can create it. Without that skill there would be no house, no car, fridge, no TV, no Internet… 

FULFILLMENT

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 of all, we can experience a sense 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’. It still sounds giving with an expectation to get – but if you do it for years it actually changes.

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 was achieved. That mantra / rule, equally applies to any organization may is be a country, a company, an association, a family or an individual.

LANGUAGE

Uniting language to one, is the first step in uniting the world“.
My entire life would be radically different if I didn’t have learned English. 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 the English language 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.

How they got created

All of my mantras have been documented after I applied the behavior over and over again. It helped my reduce the thinking to a one or two sentences and made the communication much easier. Once I felt I won’t change them, I simply put them up on my website and/or shared them with my team.

Success, Leadership and Competition are dedicated to my business live and pretty much all my employees knew them.

Fulfillment and Staying on top have been created in the 2008 2010 time frame, after I retired and helped others think about their future.

Language is more a statement of understanding, helping my startups from all corners of the earth that language, especially speaking English is the key to any success.

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