Growing up, my dad bought me many books each month as a treat. One of those was a small book of office cartoons called ‘Dilbert.’
I don’t have the book any longer, but it stuck in my head. It’s simplicity and beautiful design was a work of art.
Years later, through listening to a podcast, I got to know who the author was — a man named Scott Adams. He’s no ordinary guy and his recipe for success and for life have some really valuable insights. He doesn’t pretend to know it all, but he thrives on planting new ideas in peoples heads and questioning everything we’ve ever believed.
I truly believe the lessons Scott teaches will help you in a major way.
To save you a lot of time, here are the 23 most important lessons that Scott Adams can teach you:
1. Chase systems, not goals
Systems attract luck in your life. This is Scott Adams main point in all his books, speeches and podcast interviews.
The difference between a goal and a system is very similar. The main thing to understand that’s different is that goal-focused people are obsessed with the outcome, whereas people that are obsessed with systems are focused on applying their system despite the result — applying the system is the reward, not the result.
Luck doesn’t happen by magic. It’s the system that makes you lucky. The system doesn’t guarantee you luck, but it puts you in closer proximity to it.
You could say that systems are another word for habits. Continuously practicing your habits produces the right results, not aiming for results. Eat right don’t aim to lose weight. Invest your savings each month don’t be obsessed with being rich. Don’t aim to be a millionaire in business just focus on being a good entrepreneur.
If you learn nothing else from Scott Adams, then remember this piece of advice.
2. Combine multiple skills to get something world class.
Scott Adams was an average writer, an okay cartoonist, a typical office worker and he was average at being funny. He combined those skills to become a world-famous cartoonist.
Any of those skills on their own were not enough. By combining these skills, he found his own lane.
Combine mediocre skills to become world class.
3. Affirmations are not stupid
First, it was Jim Carey that preached the power of affirmations in the 90’s when he became a successful actor and bragged that it was affirmations and visualization of his success that got him there.
Around the same time, Scott Adams was promoting affirmations also and how they helped him become a famous cartoonist.
Affirmations do the following:
- Help you focus.
- Boost your optimism and energy.
- Validate your talent that your subconscious mind already knew you had.
Affirmations are another system that Scott uses to remind himself what he’s trying to achieve, and then he imagines the outcome and what it feels like.Since reading Scott’s books, I’ve created my own affirmation. I have pinned it to the top of my email inbox, so I never forget it.
My affirmation goes like this:
I, Tim Denning, will become a famous writer that the world remembers long after I’m gone.
Affirmations, Scott says, are about improving your focus and not summoning magic. Your brain can be easily distracted.
“Your subconscious mind has the ability to see opportunities long before your conscious mind has, and affirmations are how you kickstart that process and enable this powerful tool”
Create your own affirmation so you too can focus on doing one thing and living your lifelong dream. They really do work.
4. Every human is a mess on the inside.
We all have the same struggles.
We’re all going to die one day.
“If you could only hear other people’s thoughts for a day you’d realize that we’re all crazy”
The understanding that being human is difficult and we’re all a mess is how you stop thinking you’re special and start taking chances.
We all have it tough and so if certain individuals can rise above the odds and achieve the impossible, then so can you. Our potential is the same.
We just have to override that noisy mind of ours and get it to perform in a way that is advantageous to our goals. That’s where the subtle art of mastery lies.
5. Beyond wealth is only one thing.
This is an idea you’ll hear many times over. If you look at any successful person, you’ll see that once they create enough money to have their own needs met, without any prompts, their focus turns outward.
Beyond lots of wealth is only two things:
- Improving the world in some way
- Helping others
I too have found this to be the case. Once I’d achieved what others perceived to be success, I instantly became obsessed with helping others do the same through blogging. Our human brains are wired this way.
Scott goes a step further and says that you need to focus on your own selfish objectives first before you can create the resources to serve unselfish objectives like helping others.
My personal belief is that you don’t need to wait until you create abundance to start serving others. As Tony Robbins says “If you won’t give a dime out of a dollar, then you’re not going to give a million out of ten million dollars.”
Either way, there is a point where you need to be selfish with your life goals so that you can create the time and space to do that thing you love. Just don’t forget to help other people.
6. You’ll be appreciated for being in a good mood.
When you work on your own selfish goals, you feel good.
Every Saturday I write lots of articles and don’t hang out with my friends. At night time, my friends and I, normally meet up after my big writing day and I feel awesome — that’s because I did the thing that makes me happy.
The result is that I rock up to dinner with my friends in a good mood. They appreciate this. There have been Saturdays where I’ve hardly got to write and on those evenings I roll up pissed off, and uninspired.
Scott reflects on this concept in his book “How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big.” He finds the same thing I do which is that your personal energy is affected by your selfish goals.
“It’s better to be in a good mood than to avoid your selfish goals and be perpetually pissed off”
7. Simple communication is the most effective.
If there’s a choice of using simple words or complex words, choose simple.
If the email could be 100 words or 1000 words, choose 100.
If your speech could have 6 call to actions or one, choose one.
One day I received an email from a long time reader of my blogs. English was their second language. They emailed to say that the number one reason they loved my writing was that it was easy to understand for people who were not born speaking English.
That’s when it hit me how important it is to communicate in a simple way. It’s simple communication that has allowed me to reach so many people around the world through my blogging.
If you have a choice, say less.
If you have a choice, choose simple words.
Simple communication is easy to follow. It’s how you can influence almost anyone to take action, and learn from your life experience and personal stories.
8. Don’t multi-task on days where you have important tasks.
Have a singular focus on a day when you have a job interview.
If tonight you’re giving a speech to a thousand people, don’t batch one hundred, small, insignificant tasks right before it.
People get pissed off with me all the time because if I have a big event happening on a particular day, I ignore everything.
My phone is on aeroplane mode, I don’t answer emails, I arrive at meetings early, I leave work early and I eat the healthiest possible food I can.
That’s how you get a clear head and prepare for important tasks that can change your life.
9. Motivation to tidy up.
If you want to be motivated to clean up, then invite people over regularly. This will force you to clean up mess.
Untidiness makes you look at the mess and want to clean it up. This distraction stops you from focusing on the task that you want to complete — for me, that’s writing a blog post.
Scott says that we should notice how we feel before and after cleaning up.
He believes that the majority of us will feel good after tidying up and have that we’ll have more energy. That energy can then be channeled towards important tasks and the people you care about.
10. Avoid downer content.
Sad movies, scary books, the news, shows that feature people who do nothing but complain — avoid them all as much as possible.
“Good moods come from not letting outside influences mess up your attitude”
That’s why I’m often talking about uplifting movies, podcasts that aim to inspire, and books that show you how to achieve the seemingly impossible.
It’s a small hack but it works.
11. The LEADERSHIP STATUS changes us for the better — take the risk.
I learned this recently when I took a leadership position looking after a big team that was well and truly beyond my current skill set.
I grew into the challenge quickly by acting confident and leaning into my new job title.
Taking an opportunity that’s a risk is a great way to unlock talent that you haven’t previously exercised before.
Scott often tells a story in his books about how one of his coworkers transforms from an unimpressive personality to confidence and power within two months of being promoted for a job he didn’t deserve.
“We fake it until it becomes real.”
This is useful advice and it’s why you should take a risk with your career even if you are inexperienced, under-qualified or lack key skills. If it can work for me, it can work for you.
12. There’s magic in what you did before 10 years of age.
This very thought knocked me flat on my face. I’d never thought much in recent years about what I did before the age of ten.
When I did think about it recently, I remembered that I used to write a lot, tell stories and imagine really big, crazy dreams.
Fast-forward to right now and that’s exactly what I’m doing without realizing it was what I did when I was ten. Until Scott Adams shared this thought with me through his books, I’d never made the correlation for myself. Holy crap!!!
What did you do before the age of ten?
13. You need at least one person excited at the start.
Even if you have no followers yet, how the first stranger reacts to your work is a good indicator of whether you’ll go on to be successful in a particular field.
The first person that ever commented on my blog posts outside of my family and friends was a gentleman named Torio. He was in love with my blog posts and wrote to me every week telling me to keep going. He was the first to believe in my blogging ability.
It’s not how they feel either that matters; it’s the action they take. Do they share your work, send you an email, leave a comment or buy your product?
Focus on the early actions strangers take after seeing your work not on what your family and friends say. Actions speak the loudest.
14. Talent and risk are interlinked.
Most talents require trying lots of things. The motivation to try lots of things requires an element of risk.
With trying comes failing and you won’t fail lots of times unless you’re prepared to take risks — they’re interlinked.
Go through the list of people that have achieved success and inspire you. I’m willing to bet they all took risks in the early days.
Taking risks is uncomfortable but so is never discovering your own talents and maximizing your potential. The choice is yours.
15. Praise people when you see them fail.
“Adults are starved for a kind word” — Scott Adams”
One of the moments that transformed Scott’s life was when he saw a speaking instructor praise a woman who volunteered to speak in front of the group and failed after a few words.
The instructor said she was brave instead of criticizing her. He switched the focus from her poor speaking performance to her bravery. The next week the same woman spoke again and got a little better. The pattern continued.
Praise people for what they do right and you’ll see them improve in a big way.Praising is an important trait in leadership.
16. People do not make decisions based on reason.
How we feel affects our decision-making ability far more than reason.
Make people feel something and they’re much more likely to listen to you or be influenced by you.
17. Experts are right 98% of the time on easy stuff and only 50% on the complicated or new stuff.
Knowing which situations an expert is likely to be wrong, is helpful.
It helps you to question opinions and seek out more than one answer. Experts are great at answering simple problems, but as soon as the problem becomes complex, the chance an expert will be able to provide the correct answer is limited severely.
Scott backs up this idea with his experience in losing his voice and needing throat surgery. His health issue was complex and so the average expert could only provide simple solutions that he’d already tried and had no success with.
His voice eventually made a near full recovery because he kept looking for answers instead of settling on one expert’s opinion.
Experts can be overrated. Don’t stop looking for the answer to complex problems.
18. The formula for happiness (according to Scott).
- Have control of your schedule
- Progress produces the chemicals in your body that make you happy
- Exercise, eat right and nap
- Your happiness depends on being good to others
Happiness is one way I’ve found momentum in my own life. Using the above four strategies I’ve been able to extract the necessary energy from life to do that which I was not qualified for, was scared out of my mind to commit to, and didn’t yet have the skills needed.
“Happiness is closer to today’s version of yourself than you think”
19. Failure to imagine makes you pessimistic.
“Artificial Intelligence will take our jobs”
“The internet has commoditized our work”
“Politics is screwed”
These are all the thoughts of a pessimist. Focusing on these ideas whether they may be true or not will block every bit of imagination you have.
You need your imagination to be creative and to create the parts of your life that don’t yet exist.
20. Ask yourself ‘What did I eat?’ if you’re in a bad mood.
Health Expert Tyler Tolman says that people that are always in a bad mood just need to take a dump because they’re constipated.
Scott says something similar about what we eat. Eating junk food sucks away our energy which translates to us being in a crappy mood.
“You can literally eat and poo your way to being more optimistic”
21. Simplification will stop you putting things off.
“Complication forces you to borrow time, resources and willpower from something else you care about” — Scott Adams
As soon as a task feels like work, you’re then reliant on your willpower which you have very limited amounts of. This will force you to miss deadlines, screw up your goals and get pissed off for no reason.
Simplification is about making things easier so you can take tasks from the scheduling column and move them to the habit column. Habits don’t work until they’re simple enough. Simple allows you to enable auto-pilot mode.
22. Hiring managers will be biased towards healthy candidates.
This one sucks, but it’s true based on my experience.
Healthy people are more fun to be around and are perceived to be more optimistic because of their energy levels.
23. Optimists see opportunities that pessimists miss.
Living in fear and seeing the problem with everything that comes your way makes you pessimistic.
Pessimism is a filter that allows you to see the problem but blocks you from simultaneously seeing the solution. A lot of the opportunities I’ve discovered in my life, through the lens of the internet, look like a waste of time.
Taking blogging as an example: The internet says that making money from blogging is nearly impossible. There’s too many websites, reduced spending on website banners, more difficulty with affiliate links and hundreds of hours required to get your content noticed on social media.
If I were to be guided by pessimism, then I’d quit blogging right now.
I choose to stick my middle finger up at the odds and focus on doing something I love, and being optimistic about what I can achieve. That’s the thinking that led me to today.
If nothing else, this post is an expression of my optimism that anyone can achieve extraordinary results and be happy. The solutions are easier than you think, thanks partly, to the wisdom of Scott Adams.
That’s what the creator of Dilbert can teach us all.
Success Isn’t Rocket Science, but There Is a Simple Equation
People all around the world are looking for the secret to success. There are countless answers out there: personal connections, wealth, good luck, positive mindset, hard work, determination, passion, and on and on.
Some of those things might be true for some people, but I don’t think success comes from just any one variable. I also don’t think there is a single tangible answer that can be replicated by the masses. It seems that the more we look for one, the more questions we tend to find.
What is the secret to success? Is it enough to be passionate and hardworking? Is it enough to have a positive mindset? What steps can we take to become more successful?
Well, if you have been pondering questions like these, look no further. I believe success comes from, not one variable, but a combination of variables, an equation if you will. I’m not talking about anything too complicated or complex, like rocket science. This is an equation so simple it practically solves itself:
(Intrinsic Motivation + Action) x Momentum = Success
“I’m not a math whiz! What does this mean?” Don’t worry, as my high school algebra teacher could attest, this isn’t real math, but I can assure you that it works very well. Allow me to explain each variable.
Intrinsic motivation is your internal, innate reason for wanting to do something and it’s the vital first part of the formula for success. Without it, everything we try to do will most likely fail, but what is intrinsic motivation?
Let me ask you a question: what do you like to do in your free time? Do you volunteer because it feeds your soul to help others? Maybe you love doing puzzles because you love the feeling you get when you solve a problem? Do you go hiking because you love to connect with nature?
If no one were paying you, would you still volunteer, solve puzzles, or go hiking? Of course you would! You receive intrinsic rewards when you do those things, and therefore you have a strong, internal motivation to keep doing them.
Another way to look at this is to know your “why.” Your “why” is your deep-rooted reason for doing something. Simon Sinek talks about this a lot, and Tony Robbins says, “If you have a strong enough ‘why,’ you can do anything.” It’s a great concept, but there is another side to this coin.
Having a weak “why,” or no “why” at all, means that you have no intrinsic motivation to speak of. You’re practically a rocket ship with no rocket fuel. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a rocket get too far without fuel.
To achieve success in any endeavor, you must start with your intrinsic motivation – you must start with why. Why do you want to achieve success in your life?
“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them, just find a new way to stand.” – Oprah Winfrey
Now that you know what motivates you and you have a strong “why,” you have to take action towards your dreams. Action is the second part of the formula for success because, without action, we wouldn’t get anywhere in life. We might have fuel in our tanks, but we still have to hit the launch button.
I see a lot of people who spend time learning, planning, learning some more, trying desperately to perfect their strategy before they start. But the reality is, you are going to discover the most valuable lessons along the way.
It is impossible to plan for every situation, so trying to do so only delays your success. Author Karen Lamb says, “A Year from Now You May Wish You Had Started Today” and that’s true. “Someday” is a common code for “never.”
Sure, jumping in without having everything figured out will cause you to run into the occasional obstacle or setback, but again, you can’t plan for every obstacle. If you have a strong enough “why,” you’ll overcome obstacles and press on.
So, whether you’re ready or not, you need to take action towards your goals to achieve success. The only way to achieve success is to start taking action and build momentum. What one thing can you do today to take action towards your goals?
In my opinion, momentum is the most critical aspect in the formula for success and here’s why: Starting isn’t worth much if you keep quitting. Remember that rocket ship analogy from before? If not having a “why” is like not having any fuel, then starting and stopping is like using up all of your fuel only to land again immediately.
Building momentum, however, is like breaking free of the atmosphere and reaching space. Once there, the zero gravity keeps the rocket afloat, and the pilot only uses relatively small amounts of fuel to propel and steer the rocket through space.
I read an article from The Huffington Post and it said, “In 1967, Apollo mission to the moon, the Saturn V rocket’s needed over 500,000 gallons of fuel just to break free of the Earth’s atmosphere. The final stage of the trip only required 86,059 gallons of fuel. That means it took nearly 5.8 times as much effort to launch as it did to keep the momentum.”
So, the next time you think about quitting, remember how much energy and effort it took to get started in the beginning. Do you want to go through that again? Do you really want to waste that much energy when you could keep going?
Don’t quit! Instead, keep taking action towards your goals, day after day, month after month, and year after year. Doing this will help you create radical momentum in your life and in your goals.
“Momentum solves 80% of your problems.” – John C. Maxwell
So there you have it, the formula for success. It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to do – land on the moon, lose weight, start a business, run a marathon, save a million dollars – you have to know why you want to achieve success. You have to have fuel in the tank.
Once you know what’s propelling you forward, you have to take action every day and never quit. This will allow you to build an unstoppable momentum that will carry you to the success you seek.
It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Success takes time. There are no shortcuts. There are no quick fixes. There are no overnight successes. To be successful, you have to intrinsic motivation for the long haul, and no matter what, you cannot quit taking action.
The Power of Personal Reviews: How It Can Skyrocket Your Success in Life
Do you want to elevate your personal success? If so, do you know what the number one thing that’s keeping you away from that success? You could be doing everything right in terms of setting goals and going after them, and still not make progress if you’re not doing this.
The secret is personal reviews. As goal-getters, we’re conditioned to take action and work hard to make our goals happen. But if you’re not measuring the effectiveness of your actions, then the outcome may be no better than if you were running around in circles. In order to not be stuck in the same place, you have to be continuously adjusting your strategy.
The key is knowing exactly what to do differently in order to achieve your goals and accelerate your success. This is where personal reviews come in, because they answer the most important questions such as: What parts should you keep on doing? What parts should you do differently? What exactly happened last time that prevented you from reaching your goals? How can you get to your goals even faster the next time?. The victory path often isn’t linear, and reflecting on it will improve the process, which is the most important part for speeding up success.
According to Harvard Business Review, people were shown to be more productive and less burnout after thinking about and planning their day than those who didn’t. Studies cited in the same Harvard Business Review have also shown that employees in call centers who spent 15 minutes at the end of the day reflecting on the lessons learned performed 23% better after 10 days than those who did not reflect. If you work in an even more complex role, imagine the benefits you would gain from consistent reflections. Ready to take on your own review?
Here are the three parts of a personal review and how each part will help you achieve personal and professional success:
1. Get Clear On Where You Are to Make Better Decisions
It’s hard to get to your destination if you don’t know where you are right now. Luckily, personal reviews are similar to a GPS, where it can accurately pinpoint your place in life. By getting clear on your current situation, there are three main benefits that’ll contribute to your success.
One, it reaffirms your goals. As I often find working with clients doing their own personal sprints to success projects, goals can be easily forgotten without regular check-ins. Each personal review helps bring these goals to top of mind, and align all your actions so that each one will move the needle.
Two, it keeps you on track. Once you are clear on your goals, it’ll become much more obvious whether you are on your way to hit your target or if you have strayed off the path. This will help you focus more clearly, and save time from unnecessary distractions and course-corrections.
Three, it builds momentum. By regularly reviewing how things are going, you can celebrate the wins, and improve on areas that didn’t go well. After all, success comes from consistent action and making progress towards your goals.
“What you can measure, you can improve.” – Peter Drucker
2. Discover the Roadblocks That Are Holding You Back
Now that you have a solid understanding of where you are at, it’s time to get down to the why. Why are you where you are currently, and how can you go even faster? The second part of personal reviews is where you’ll discover the golden nuggets of insights that you can use as your secret weapon.
Maybe you realized that you usually only get one or two important things done each day. Why is that? Is it because there are too many distractions? Or is it because your energy levels are low? And is there a filter you can set up to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not?
These are all incredible insights into the decision-making process and the factors that contribute to your success. If you stumbled, think about what parts you wouldn’t do again next time. If you achieved your goals, think about which parts you can repeat to succeed again. And as you collect more data points, the easier it’ll be to pinpoint how to 10x your productivity and results. And the more frequent you do reviews, the faster you’ll be able to progress. For example, if you conduct weekly reviews, you’ll be able to move four times as fast as someone who does monthly ones. Now, you can work smarter, instead of harder.
3. Fast Track Your Success Through Feedback Planning
Once you have the clear understanding of exactly where you are and what you need to do differently, you can use this feedback to make powerful changes to your plan. This is the last part of personal reviews – setting and prioritizing goals to accomplish by the next review.
These new goals will not be something that you’ve haphazardly put together, but rather it will be a combination of your insights and your vision of success. These reviews can be massively effective productivity tools and accountability structures that you can use to review the past and set in place the steps to take for the future.
For high potential professionals who do not conduct weekly reviews, one of the top reasons is that they either don’t understand the process, or can’t see the benefits. Now that you know how it works and the huge impact it can have, I invite you to take charge of your life, and face your goals and fears head-on.
“Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent return on energy.” – Brian Tracy
After all, in order to stay a high performer and relevant, you must grow. And whether you want to become more focused, motivated or productive, personal reviews will carve out the path for you to get there and skyrocket your success.
How do you envision yourself accelerating through personal reviews? Leave a comment below!
5 Surprising Ways Your Posture Impacts Your Success
What makes some people successful while others flop, even with the same education, background, and job position? There is no one size fits all formula, but one thing that always stands out is a person’s posture and body language. The way in which you sit, stand, and even walk, tells people so much about you, and you don’t have to utter a word.
I’m a big movie buff, so if I reference a few scenes, you will understand why. Your posture not only tells people about you, but it can make you feel more powerful and confident in your own abilities. Wouldn’t you like to know what your posture is saying to others and how you can change it?
Here are 5 ways your posture impacts your success:
1. Posture is a Nonverbal Sign of Who You Are
Remember in Titanic, when Jack is waiting to have dinner with Rose. When he’s leaning against the staircase, what does his posture say to you? Gangster? Thief? Then Jack sees the distinguished (banker?) walk by. He’s impressed with his posture and manner of walking, which he tries to emulate.
This is a perfect example of the image you are projecting to others. What do you want your image to say to others? When you are in a business setting, you should always be aware of your posture, so you don’t end up leaning on the staircase like Jack.
2. Good Posture Empowers You
Your posture and other body language makes you feel more powerful and boosts confidence. A study from Ohio State University found that those who sat up straight had more confidence in their own abilities and believed more strongly in positive statements they had written about themselves.
“A strong confident person can rule the room with knowledge, personal style, attitude and great posture.” – Cindy Ann Peterson
3. Your Posture is Vital to Your Health
Anyone who has spent time sitting in front of a computer screen will tell you that it can wreak havoc on your neck, back and shoulders. It’s true that our bodies were not designed to sit for the majority of the day, but when you add poor posture to the mix, you are asking for some serious pain.
You can only imagine what people will think if you take time off work because of back pain or neck pain. Of course, the alternative is to spend your time rubbing your neck, which won’t do much for your image or authority presence. Avoid these issues by practicing good posture!
4. Good Posture Helps You Perform Better
When your body is out of balance, that is to say, when you are hunched over that keyboard or your head is pushed forward when you are standing or walking, you can’t perform to your true potential. This is especially true if you end up with neck or back aches later on in your day because you are slouching. When you feel good, you look good, and you can perform like a champion!
5. Your Posture Affects How People See You
This should be fairly obvious to everyone. Have you ever seen a CEO slumped over their computer? Think of the movie Shawshank Redemption, when escaped prisoner Andy Dufresne sits in front of the bank executive to cash out his account. His posture screams confidence and authority in that scene. Imagine if he had been a quiet mouse, staring at his feet, with slumped over posture. Your posture can make a huge difference in how you are perceived.
“I listen better with earplugs in, so I can see what your body is really saying.” – Jarod Kintz
The Good Posture Problem
Whenever I counsel new employees, I always stress good posture and how important it is to every area of their lives. I see them sit up straight, pull back their shoulders, and sit back in their chair, only to find them slouched over their keyboard or phone a few minutes later.
Let’s face it, keeping good posture after years of neglect can seem like a lot of work and you’re right, it is. However, it only seems that way because we are unaccustomed to how it feels. We are also creatures of habit and slouching at your desk is probably a bad habit you learned many years ago. Habits were meant to be broken, friends, and it’s not as hard as you might think.
Tips for Practicing Good Posture
If you want to come across as Meryl Streep does in every scene where she is walking in The Devil Wears Prada (minus the arrogant attitude, of course), you should think about your posture every day.
You can try setting an alarm on a daily basis to check your posture at work or at home. Try to be mindful of the way you’re sitting, standing and sleeping, and avoid any unnatural positions. Ask friends and family to remind you to stop slouching, too!
Also, check your workstation and make sure nothing is triggering bad posture there. Is your computer screen at eye level? Is your chair comfortable? Make sure your office equipment isn’t negatively affecting your posture.
Finally, some people have great success with a yoga or Tai Chi class, which focus on building strength and flexibility in your postural muscles. If you’re interested, you might sign up to maximize your posture. Otherwise, you can also try a home morning posture routine with different stretches.
In the end, you have the power to change your posture! As your mother might say: sit up straight!
How do you practice having proper posture throughout your day? Share your thoughts below!
If You Must Work, Work For A Leader You Love
Let me lay this out nice and simple for you all: it’s not companies, or products, or services that make us go to work.
It’s people. To be more specific, it’s the leader you work for.
I came to this realization when I looked back on my own career. I looked at why I stayed in certain jobs for too long. I looked at why I gave a damn about finance when in my head I hated it.
The answer came to me late one night as I was trying to think about how to get myself out of this crappy career situation I’d found myself in where I literally didn’t give a stuff about business anymore.
Then it hit me: I’m following a leader I love.
It’s not the company.
The company doesn’t make you love your work, sorry.
No video on company culture or fancy office with stand up desks and indoor plants is going to change that. A company is a legal entity which revolves around a group of people who all work together towards a common goal that makes money.
None of us will be inspired by this incredibly dry thing called ‘a company’
A company is a figment of our imagination. Some people in the company rock. Some people in the company suck.
And that applies to all companies including Google, DropBox and any other company you think is sexy because of its uber cool culture and work from home days.
Working for a leader you love.
Why the hell would you bother?
It’s because it’s in our human nature to be led by someone who touches the deepest, darkest places that we don’t want to go to but must in order to survive.
Those dark places look like:
- Leading a team of people
- Doing public speaking
- Admitting you’re wrong in a major argument
- Quitting your career because it’s wrong
- And even breaking up with a lover
These are the things a leader made me do. I didn’t want to do any of it although I had to.
This made me want to come to work every day and work for this leader because in the work I was doing, I was discovering myself and finding a way to grow into the person I’d avoided becoming for so long.
No one wants to face the darkness, but when a leader guides you, you’ll find a way and be forever grateful that you did.
From one company to the next.
You see many people go from one company to the next. They’re not chasing the idea of a company or trying to find a better company.
“We go from one company to the next because in most cases we’re chasing a leader”
Finding that leader you love working for is not easy. You’ll have to work for many useless leaders before you find a couple that are worth dedicating your entire career to.
The process of finding a leader you love working for is so difficult that once your search ends and you find those rare individuals, your standards will be forever raised and anything less will piss you off.
In my own career, I’ve met 1–2 amazing leaders and every other leader that is not them ends up making me want to move on.
Not finding a leader I love.
I end up moving on because the leaders I don’t love working for focus on the following: numbers, email signatures, the share price, managing people into the ground in favor of ‘productivity’ and overcomplicating business.
That last one is the most important. Business revolves around understanding how people think, what motivates them and how to get them to take ownership.
“To put the people part to one side is to completely Mess up the most simplest idea that has ever existed in the business world”
The process goes like this:
- Hire one good leader
- Support that leader
- Allow them to hire incredible human beings
- Stay the heck out of their way
Hiring the right leader and then letting them hire people who love working for them is the number one consistent approach I’ve seen from looking at many of the unicorn tech companies that have gone on to define the future of the human race.
It’s this counter-intuitive, somewhat magical approach that makes us stay working for a leader we love. Until, of course, we may not need to work or decide to go off and start our own thing.
The leader makes it all worth it.
So from this day forth, I’m committed to only working for a leader I love. If you mess that part up, you’ll probably find me saying goodbye.
I’d encourage you to think the same way.
The leader you work for makes it all worth it. It’s knowing someone has your back, someone cares and someone is simultaneously going to push you to the next level whether you like it or not that will not only define your career but your life.
Don’t. Settle. Ever.
Find a leader you love working for.
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