I was recently featured in a great article from Smart Company on ‘Leading entrepreneurs share the best business advice they ever received’.
There are things in life that you can learn from school, books or courses.
However, there are other things in life that you just have to experience.
Imagine trying to describe what passionate love is to someone who has never experienced it; what words could you use to describe the feeling of butterflies in your stomach to them?
Just wanted to share with you an interview I did with Aspire magazine where I shared my thoughts on how to build a successful business off the back Happiness and Fun!
Enjoy and love to hear your feedback!
For many of us, life is often filled with ‘stuff’ to do.
We are always racing from one thing to the next and even if we have a moment to sit down for a meal, our mind is racing off and we end up checking emails or browsing Facebook.
The worst thing is when you go home to read your children a bedtime story; instead of savouring the precious time you have with your kids, you are trying to race through the pages or worse is if you end up skipping pages in order to get to the end quicker.
Have you experienced the above? I know I certainly have been guilty of this on many occasions.
Have you ever heard of the quote from our friend Bill Gates?
“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”
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The Anthony Robbins Platinum Partnership contains a small group of people looking to make a huge difference. Even though it is a small group, it is a group that has done a number of extraordinary deeds. Over $1 million a year is donated by the partnership to support over 1,700 schools and 200,000 families. Membership involves travelling to different parts of the globe to make a difference, and it was through this that I was privileged enough to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa.
My dream is to bring happiness to 500 million people by the year 2020.
It’s a lofty goal and a lot of people ask me: How are you planning to achieve it?
There are many ways to go about it but since I’m clear about what my goal is, I ask myself a specific question whenever I’m about to do something: Is this activity consistent with my overall goal?
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to speak at two of the best business educational programs in Australia: Dale Beaumont’s Business Blueprint and The Entourage’s Scalable and Saleable program.
I had the privilege of meeting Julia Gillard on her last night as Prime Minister. Julia did a great service for women by breaking the highest glass ceiling left in Australia. If she was able to make it to the top, there are no excuses for anyone to say it is not possible to move up.
In this life, we all strive for happiness. Some set the goal of achieving happiness through their work, some through their relationships; others spend a lifetime searching for the key to happiness when in reality it has been within them all along. Perhaps, to be truly happy you have to accept and appreciate who you really are. Knowing what your core values are and living by them makes attaining happiness much easier.
When I think about the roles of managers, I reflect on the processes of the “top to bottom” approach of driving a team. In the past, the typical structure of a company was based on a hierarchy system that did not encourage employees to take ownership of their roles. This structure can lead to a decrease in creativity in your staff as well as diminishing their personal empowerment. This regimented hierarchy system is limiting and creates stagnation in companies. When you empower people who to take ownership of their role and be proactive in leading themselves and the team to success, you create strong productive leaders. Take the example of Mark Shapiro and how he turned the Six Flags Amusement Park chain around.
Bureaucracy, red tape, delays and having to run everything through a succession of managers. It’s amazing that any work gets done these days! There are far too many organisations that have numerous management layers. Instead of promoting efficiency, it leads to confusion and lack of productivity. Team members are given a task and told to concentrate on it without any clue as to how it fits into the company’s overall goals. I learned long ago that layers of hierarchy only led to reduced efficiency which is why we have completely eliminated management structure and have instead created a workplace environment at E-Web Marketing that team members love. Here is how you can follow suit.