Monthly Archives: January 2011

The great mystery of timing

Trapeze flying has been an incredible source of knowledge for me. Many lessons I share today with my Clients and with students connected with trust, focus, collaboration, teamwork, leadership, and more, come from “the old days“. During my presentation at TEDxWarsaw I shared some of these lessons and I find myself constantly connecting my experience “flipping and twisting” on the flying trapeze with the challenges and situations I face today as a entrepreneur, as a father or as an advisor to my Clients.

That said, I want to talk about one of the most important factors for success and probably one of the most ignored or neglected. I am talking about timing.

Now, believe me … I know a thing or two about timing. Back in the days when I was a flying trapeze artist if the timing was “off” by just fractions of a second … there was no trick. If the flyer takes-off from the platform or lets go the trapeze bar a bit to soon or a bit too late … he/she will end up bouncing on the net, away from the hands of the catcher.

So yes … timing is important. Not only on the flying trapeze but in your personal and professional life.

The problem is that most people think that events in life “just happen” or in other words that they have no influence on the timing of things that happen to them. Most call this “luck” (good or bad depending on their particular circumstances). In reality, something that I learn back then is that you do have control on your “luck“. In other words, you have control on timing.

Let me explain. If you expose yourself to knowledge, to learning and to improving, you will end up “bumping” into great sources of information. If you work hard everyday, doing work that matters, someday you will end up “being at the right place and the right time” meeting with key potential partners for your business or your career. Then you may find yourself saying “Wow … what a timing. Right when we needed / were looking for / needed this …. it just happened!

This is not just a coincidence, law of attraction, or the Universe’s secret forces sending you all this great things just because You are a cool dude. No. You have to create this effect and You have to start the momentum that will get you exposed to all these remarkable things. You. You have influence on this “great timing“.

How? Well, with the books You read, the successful people You interact with, the sources of information You seek. All these create a platform for you to get exposed to exciting stuff. So, yes … You do have impact on the timing of everything that happens to you.

So, my advice to you. Start. Today. Get out there. Focus on the things that interest you and that will bring you closer to your goals. Do work that matters! Once you do that, you will be amazed about all the “coincidences” you will find on your way, and I am sure you will catch yourself saying “Wow … what a timing“.


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Quote of the week

“In life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action”
Anthony Robbins


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A life-changing principle: Die empty

Some time ago I’ve shared with you a list of ten remarkable podcasts you should listen to. In that list I included the Accidental Creative podcast.

Well, yesterday on my way to a meeting I decided to listen to one particular episode which, at the time, I was not aware it would give me a new concept that seriously had a big impact on me.

In this episode Todd Henry, Founder of Accidental Creative, shared what he calls “the overarching principle that really fuels everything else about my life“.

This principle is one simple phrase: “Die Empty”

Here is the idea:

Your only job each and everyday is to “empty yourself”. To get whatever is in you, out of you to do your daily work. To leave nothing unspoken, uncreated, unwritten, undone. In other words, to divest yourself of whatever is inside of you.

In this podcast he also shared a story that really shows the big picture of this principle:

Do you know what the most valuable land in the world is? … Perhaps the diamond mines in Africa or the oil fields in the Middle East? …. NO, it’s a graveyard, because with all those people are buried unlived dreams, unwritten novels, masterpieces not created, businesses not started, relationships not reconciled … that is the most valuable land in the world.

So … when you die (because that is the reality, you will die someday), the question is: Would you die full of your unused ideas or would you die empty?. It is your own choice.

I must admit that this principle really hit me. It made me realized of how important is to give your 100% everyday!, doing work that matters and creating and implementing ideas that could have an impact on other people’s lives.

And by the way, this is not just about work! This includes your family. Something that happened when I got back home last night was that I went straight to my daughter and told her one important thing that I have been wanting to tell her for sometime. This time I did not leave it for later. I took it “out of me” … and as a result I not only feel better, but I know I have contributed something important to her life.

So … I have two actions for you:

1. Listen to this particular episode (and if you like it I strongly recommend you to subscribe and listen to this remarkable podcast regularly).

2. Think about it and ask yourself: When you go to bed at night, are you leaving something unspoken, uncreated, unwritten, undone …? If that is the case, do not let more time go by and take it out of you!. Trust me, you will not only be glad you did, but you will be on your way to build a very fulfilling life.

Photo credit: freetrader

Quote of the week

“People call me a perfectionist, but I’m not. I’m a “rightist“. I do something until it’s right, and then I move on to the next thing”
James Cameron


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Great Books Series – Switch

In this episode of The Great Books Series I am sharing with you my recommendation on a remarkable book full of excellent advice on how to accomplish change.

I am talking about Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard (Amazon affiliate link) by Chip and Dan Heath.

Enjoy!


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The first step to coming up with GREAT ideas

A few months ago, I stated in one of my previous posts that everything starts with an idea. Well, today I want to share with you a simple tip that will definitely help you come up with great ideas.

Enjoy!


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